Dog walkers in Kennington Park protest against Northern Line extension plans


More than 50 people took part in the demonstrations.


 By SWLondoner staff

Dog owners and their pets protested against proposals to extend the Northern Line this weekend.

More than 50 people took part in the demonstration to express their concern about the fact that the plans will disrupt Kennington Park users, particularly dog owners and residents who live nearby.

The protest was organised by the Kennington and Walworth Neighbourhood Action Group (KWNAG), who are angry at the lack of consultation with those it may affect.

“We are not against the Northern Line Extension per se, but we are against the way its being pushed through with no long-term planning or community input at this end of the development,” said KWNAG spokesperson Sue Vincent.

“We protested in the dog walking area as it will bear the brunt of five year’s construction while TfL demolish an Old Lodge, bee hives and community facilities to replace them with an unsighltly vent and underground substation – ignoring local resident’s proposals for a less sensitive location,” she said.

The protest also aimed to remind people that Tfl’s consultation deadline is June 18 and urged residents to respond before then.

The group believes that the plans ignore overcrowding and safety concerns at Kennington Tube Station, as it may lead to more congestion on the already packed Northern Line.

The ‘NLE’ project, which will also include an intermediary stop at Nine Elms, has been in planning since 2009, and aims to be completed by 2015.

Alongside the preparations for the rail extension, Battersea Power Station has had £400m invested to turn it into a leisure hub for the area.

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