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Clapham Common

Windmill Drive, Clapham Common, London, SW4 9DE

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the grounds include a bandstand, basketball court, bowling green, café, children's water park and playgrounds, cricket green, flower garden, football pitches, paddling pool, skate park, tennis court, fishing and wildlife ponds, wildlife areas, and toilets.
    The Holy Trinity Clapham Church is also located on the Common off B303 Clapham Common North Side and B303 The Pavement.
  • Comments View
    • Clapham Common was historically common land for the parishes of Battersea and Clapham and was first mentioned as far back as 1086 in the famous Domesday Book as being part of the Manor of Clapham.
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    • In 1877 the Common was acquired from the Lords of the Manors by the Metropolitan Board of Works and was protected for present and future generations.

Opening Times

  • The venue is open 24hrs.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Clapham High Street.
  • The nearest underground station is Clapham Common or Clapham South.
  • Comments View
    • Clapham Common is bounded clockwise in the northeast by B303/B224 The Pavement; A24 Clapham Common South Side; B237 Nightingale Lane; Clapham Common West Side SW; A205 The Avenue/South Circular Road/Clapham Common North Side; and B303 Clapham Common North Side.
    • There are numerous traffic light controlled pedestrian crossings all around the perimeter of the Common.
    • There are also roads that cross the Common, moving clockwise from A3 Long Road at the junction with B224 The Pavement, Rookery Road connecting A24 Clapham Common South Side with B303 Clapham Common North Side; Windmill Drive connecting A24 Clapham Common South Side with A205 The Avenue; Nightingale Walk connecting B237 Nightingale Lane with A205 The Avenue; Broomwood Road connecting A205 The Avenue with Clapham Common West Side SW; and the A205 also encircling a northwestern patch of the Common.
    • There are numerous traffic light controlled pedestrian and zebra crossings for roads crossing the Common Rookery Road/A3 Long Road, Windmill Drive/A205 South Circular Road and Broomwood Road/A205 South Circular Road.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Access Point (Perimeter and Road Crossings)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located at points around the perimeter and across the Common.
    • There are numerous access points constrained by pole fencing and bollards. There are also many stretches of unrestricted open access to the Common all around the perimeter and across the Common. Open access transitions from pavement to grass or compacted earth surfaces, and may be muddy. There may be uneven surfaces at any access point and throughout the area which may present a trip hazard.
  • Comments View
    • There are information boards around the perimeter of the Common, including off The Pavement near the junction with Clapham Common South Side, off the South Circular Road junction with Nightingale Lane, off Clapham Common West Side SW opposite Thurleigh Road, off the South Circular Road where it becomes The Avenue, and along Clapham Common North Side opposite Cedars Road.

Access Point (B303 The Pavement)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located off B303 The Pavement.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this access point.
    • There is no gate at this access point.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the access point.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
  • Comments View
    • Similar access points are located moving clockwise from The Pavement on Clapham Common South Side, Nightingale Lane, Clapham Common West Side SW, The Avenue, South Circular Road, and Clapham Common North Side.

Access Point (Clapham Common West Side SW)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located on Clapham Common West Side.
    • There is an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this access point.
    • There is no gate at this access point.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.

Parks and Gardens

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have compact earth, tarmac, concrete and muddy surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are slight slopes on the paths.
  • There are some bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.
  • Comments View
    • There are several large grass areas within the common made up of 3 main areas.
    • There are roads between these areas with crosswalks for access to the grass areas.
    • There are many tarmac and compacted earth paths throughout ranging from 300cm wide to 790cm wide.
    • Some paths and grass areas have uneven surfaces.
    • There is step-free access to the bandstand area with a 120cm wide path.
      There are bench seats along the majority of paths.

Activities

  • Activities within Clapham Common include an all-weather pitch (Redgra surface), Australian rules football pitch, basketball court, cricket nets, cricket wicket pitch, football pitch (grass surface), rugby, netball, skateboard facilities, softball, tennis courts, touch rugby.
  • There is at least one entrance with level access to each of the tennis court areas.
  • The table tennis and fitness areas are on firm surfaces but do not have firm paths to connect them to the main routes.

Access Point (Children's Playground)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located along the pathway from Windmill Drive, opposite the Butterfly Garden.
    • There is an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this access point.
    • There is a gate which opens away from you (push).
    • The gate is difficult to open.
    • The gate has a sliding bolt lock.
    • The width of the gap is 105cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located after the access point.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar access point to the rear of the playground off the access road from Windmill Drive.
    • The access point here has an 8cm high step at the threshold of the access point.
    • There is level access after the rear access point.

Children's Playground

  • The children's play area is accessed via a secure sprung gate that opens away from you. This gate is 105cm wide.
  • The playground has slides, swings and various types of climbing apparatus and safety matting throughout.
  • There are children's toilets to the rear of the playground.

Children's Water Park

  • The paddling pool is seasonal and was closed at the time of the survey.
  • There is level access to the surround of the paddling pool. There is a step down of approximately 300mm into the pool.
  • The paddling pool is located to the north of the common, next to the pavement and Holy Trinity Clapham.

Ponds & Fishing

  • There are three ponds within Clapham Common, with two of these close to Clapham Common South Side.
  • There is a fishing pond next to Windmill Drive.There are benches available at these ponds.

Outside Access (Pear Tree Cafe)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located leading to the entrance doorway.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

Eating and Drinking (Pear Tree Cafe)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • The café is located near the bandstand.
  • The bar does serve food.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 105cm (3ft 5in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • There are picnic tables located outside the café which have a table height of 72cm.

Accessible Toilet (Left Hand Transfer Clapham Common West Side SW)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 28m (30yd 1ft) from the Clapham Common West Side SW access point.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the toilet block near the tennis courts off Clapham Common West Side SW.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 81cm (2ft 8in).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 170cm x 198cm (5ft 7in x 6ft 6in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 104cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are not available for the toilet.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 116cm (3ft 10in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 93cm (3ft 1in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • There is a good colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 97cm (3ft 2in).

Accessible Toilet (Left Hand Transfer Windmill Drive Female)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the entrance to the female standard toilets off Windmill Drive.
    • This accessible toilet is located in a cubicle inside the female standard toilets, on the left after the entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 168cm x 205cm (5ft 6in x 6ft 9in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 112cm (3ft 8in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is push.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 109cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • There is a medium colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • There is a good colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a horizontal grab rail behind the toilet seat.
    • There is a hand drier and disposal units available within main female standard toilet area within which the accessible toilet cubicle is located.

Accessible Toilet (Left Hand Transfer Windmill Drive Male)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the entrance to the male standard toilets off Windmill Drive.
    • This accessible toilet is located in a cubicle inside the male standard toilets, immediately beyond the entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • There is no lock for the toilet door.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 168cm x 164cm (5ft 6in x 5ft 5in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 115cm (3ft 9in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are not available for the toilet.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • There is a fair colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a hand drier and disposal units available within main male standard toilet area within which the accessible toilet cubicle is located.

Standard Toilet(s) (Clapham Common West Side SW)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the toilet block near the tennis courts off Clapham Common West Side SW.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the Clapham Common West Side SW access point.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels in the female toilets are low to moderate.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the toilet block near the tennis courts off Clapham Common West Side SW.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 27m (29yd 1ft) from the Clapham Common West Side SW access point.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels in the male toilets are low to moderate.

Level Change (Standard Toilets Windmill Drive)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 108cm (3ft 7in).

Standard Toilet(s) (Windmill Drive)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located off the access road off Windmill Drive, near the children's playground.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the the access road off Windmill Drive.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels in the female and male toilets are good.

Level Change (Childrens' Toilets Block)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located at the threshold of each of the doorways into the female and male standard toilets.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are shallow (2cm - 10cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Standard Toilet(s) (Children's Toilets Block Children's Play Area)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the rear of the children's play area facing away from the Common.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 50m (54yd 2ft) from the the access point to the children's playground opposite the butterfly garden.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female and male toilets.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the female (girls) standard toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.
  • Comments View
    • The female standard (girls) toilets are 15m from the rear access point off the access road off Windmill Drive.
    • The male standard (boys) toilets are 24m from the rear access point off the access road off Windmill Drive.