Griffin Pitch Renovations

The following informative email has been received from Stephen Grey, Chair London Youth Sports Trust.

Dear Neighbours,

I trust you have all had a good summer break.

Following up on the letter I dropped round in July, I just wanted to update you on our planned renovation works.


As you know, the Griffin has experienced years of waterlogging and flooding due in part to a collapsed and broken under-ground drainage system. This resulted in weeks and weeks where no games or school use was possible. Some neighbours also told us this caused flooding in some of their gardens.


I am delighted to say that, after securing major investment, we are now going ahead with a program to repair and replace those drains.

As a result, we expect contractors on site from this week to carry out drainage works for approximately four to five weeks. This will no doubt involve some tractor noise as they carry out trenching operations but I have asked that no machine work is carried out except between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

When that is complete, most of the ground’s pitches will need resting, at least until Christmas while the grass recovers.


As a result, all football pitches apart from the mini-pitch on the former grass tennis courts and the main pitch in front of the changing rooms will shortly be out of action at least until Christmas. There will also be no school use for PE during the week (except for use by the primary school on the netball courts). The whole ground will therefore be a lot quieter for most of you this winter, once the initial work is complete.

At the same time we will also be renovating and re-orientating the main cricket square, which has fallen into disrepair. At the English Cricket Board’s recommendation, this also reduces the distance from the cricket square to properties on Roseway.

If funds permit, we will also be looking to complement the drainage scheme with better irrigation so as to combat the cycle of both floods and droughts.

And we are also progressing plans to put cricket nets inside the former bowling green to improve the cricketing offer and make use of that space more effectively.


Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like any further information about these works and plans. If any issues arise please do get in touch straight away with Philip Down, our groundsman, Allen Blackford, our operations manager, or myself so we can address them. Both are cc-d. (email addresses can be provided)


For health and safety reasons during works and to allow grass to regrow afterwards, however, it is really important that there is no access at all to the ground until further notice except in emergency.


If you are in contact with other residents, please do pass this message on and also encourage them to write to me at the Griffin or register their details with us on the contact form so that we can continue to update you on news from the ground.

We hope to be in touch with you again soon to discuss and seek your input on plans for a membership scheme open to neighbours so that Griffin can become the community facility we all want. And, as always, I really welcome all and every idea for improvements.


Best wishes



Stephen Grey
Chair London Youth Sports Trust

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