“I couldn’t believe FoVE hadn’t met since 2013”.
Yep, Friends of Victoria Embankment last held a formal meeting in 2013.
7 attended the AGM.
Despite all, Nicola and I have asked for their delegate to be represented at the Area 8 committee.
We are ambitious for Victoria Embankment and Meadows Recreation Ground.
Renewed roads, new street lighting, commuter car parking on The Embankment stopped, the NHS keep fit equipment, a mini road network for kids to cycle on, a tree trail in the Memorial Gardens, various repairs and improvements to the Bandstand as it is re-instated following the fire, new events.
Most spectacularly a cricket pavilion (ECB standards), that would have cost £650k to build, achieved with £50k of council money. Opposed by FoVE.
Repeated efforts to bring in investment, despite cuts to the council’s finances.
Cuts in finances that hit at our service provision.
We remain ambitions for the Victoria Embankment & Meadows Recreation Gardens; to increase the level of activity on, and the use of, the park & facilities.
o1. a centenary war memorial based on showing the names of the WW1 fallen;
o2. the current 16 week project to repair, renew and enhance the bandstand (completion due mid August);
o3. a new relationship with a local football club to allow the pavilion to be used for football during the winter;
c1. a need to refurbish and enhance the Memorial, the undercroft, the fountains and the gardens;
c2. renewing a football pavilion whose design does not comply with modern FA expectations and whose showers are not enjoyed. Replacement with something much more ambitious, abutting the bund and allowing a cafe to be installed, with public toilets, needs a lot more external investment but make the south west of Victoria Embankment a much more significant attraction;
c3. the paddling pool will at some time need replacement; we want to keep paddling, but we might add water play equipment;
c4. to find more partners for using the site;
c5. there are complaints about the grounds not being good enough; this whilst we only have 2 f.t.e. to look after the site.