Following publication today (4 August 2022) of a residents survey into how the public would like to use Southall’s Warren Farm, Ealing Council has not ruled out developing the land into sporting facilities for sports including football and cricket while also maintaining Warren Farm as a site for nature.
Commenting on the findings of the survey, Council Leader, Councillor Peter Mason said: “We can see that that many people want to see the rich nature and biodiversity of the site protected in the future, but we also see calls for new sports facilities from across the community as well. A whole decade has passed with young people missing the opportunity to play football, cricket and other field sports on the Warren Farm Sports Ground. We need to make sure that the sports players of tomorrow have that chance.”
Between 24 March 2022 and 20 May 2022, Ealing Council invited people to give their feedback and comments on how they think Warren Farm should be used.
A total of 1,520 responses were received during the consultation period with a large majority not wishing to see the green land converted into sporting facilities while a small percentage wish to see it be used by Southall FC to be used as their new ground.
On a question of what people like about Warren Farm, over 1000 liked its biodiversity and green spaces, while 89 liked it as an opportunity to revive Southall FC.
Local group Warren Farm Nature Reserve is continuing to campaign to get Warren Farm designated as a nature reserve so that it is used for biodiversity and green nature purposes. and has over 12,000 people signing a petition to see this happen.
Councillor Mason added that the council is listening to residents and no decisions have been taken: “I want to thank everyone who took part in this consultation and we will closely consider these findings in future plans for Warren Farm.”
To view the full survey results, click here WarrenFarm.consultationreport.030822