The Expansion of Wimbledon Faces Initial Setback
The project to expand Wimbledon, which includes the construction of 38 fields and an 8,000-seat stadium, has received its first refusal from the Wandsworth town council.
The All England Club, the organizer of the prestigious Grand Slam tennis tournament, acquired the adjacent land of Wimbledon Park, previously a golf course and public park. However, the proposal has faced opposition from local residents who are concerned about the potential destruction of the green area and its impact on the local flora and fauna.
The town council of Merton, where the tournament is held, has already given approval for the expansion. However, the Wandsworth town council, which also has jurisdiction over the area, has recommended halting the project.
“We are surprised by Wandsworth Council’s recommendation to reject the Wimbledon Park project, especially considering Merton’s thorough analysis and approval. We are disappointed by Wandsworth’s differing stance,” stated Wimbledon in a press release. The council members of Wandsworth will vote on November 21 to determine the fate of the project.
If approved, the final decision on the expansion will rest with the London City Council. The aim of the expansion is to enable Wimbledon to host the qualifying phase at the same venue instead of Roehampton, which is several kilometers away from the club.