Local Labour Councillors are supporting the St John's Wood Society and the Violet Hill Residents Association who are concerned about the continued daily use of the gardens by many hundreds of children attending Abercorn School. We have written to the Council to ask why a commercial concern is being allowed to make very regular use of this facility which is depriving local residents of the quiet enjoyment of the garden. We have pointed out that there are alternative locations for the Abercorn School children to play, including the nearby Paddington Recreation Ground which is much larger and a more appropriate location.
The garden was built on the site of an old school in 1952 and opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother the same year. The garden has recently undergone a number of works which include an upgrade of the 1950's public convenience to include disabled and baby changing facilities.