Parks and open spaces issues – February 2018

Most urgent issue is the use and abuse of the Embankment by car drivers; so will look at 2 extra bollards to the south of the former pub,  and fencing off the car park on the north-east corner (the former tennis courts).

ASB has brought problems to The Embankment – drug litter under the Old Toll Bridge, damage to the undercroft of The Memorial, and the presumed accidental fire in the bandstand.
The suggestion to cage off under the arches is not supported – expensive, not a solution, and prone to trap litter from the river when it runs high.
Planning application to upgrade the bandstand as it is repaired is approved; it will be more secure, not have a hidden entrance and will have better power supply and equipment to hold better events in the future;  the power supply will see a trench down through the park in the Spring.
Works to strengthen the undercroft with an artistic design is in hand.
Repairs to the Memorial are also planned following the theft of lead from the roof.
The gates need some repair and re-painting and there’s some intrigue as to what colours the gates have been painted over time.

Front page news in December, a proposal to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 with a memorial in the Memorial Gardens on the circular lawn nearest to the bandstand, carrying the names of all the fallen.

There are still plans to repair the Queen Victoria statue and historical aspects of the gardens, Memorial and the Embankment.

Lighting along the north end of the Embankment is being renewed with LED lighting at no expense to the council.

Leaks in the paddling pool continue to need to be checked and major works may be needed sometime in the future; a surprise is that some people are asking for a lido (wow).

Although the football pavilion had a £15k upgrade not long ago, some more major may be needed.  a 3G football pitch nearby is still one of the option for a such a pitch in Nottingham, but the ideas of a new glass pavilion and a pitch much near the paddling pool has gone –  the Lottery couldn’t be persuaded.

A surprise of the arrival of horses, and a horse riding club.  Don’t imagine it’s forbidden but there is anxiety should the club start riding across playing fields.

A lot of the development ideas for open spaces & parks are considered at Area 8 committee (see section 106 report) this month.

This includes a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) for the Queens Walk Recreation Ground.

Pleased to see smaller spaces being improved too (Barker Gate, Bellar GateCliff Road) ; although works to re-invigorate the Meadows Cottage Garden are waiting for the better weather.  Snagging works on tram route are still taking place and an extra bollard to protect the grass next to the wooden Queen Victoria is needed.

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OMTRA lobby for better park fencing

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Old Meadows residents representatives ask for more fencing to protect the fields from abuse by people driving their cars over the grass fields.
Portfolio Holder Davud Trimble heard the points alongside parks officers, and plans are now being made for new gates on key entrances, extra bollards around other entrances and some new fencing.
Meanwhile, a Neighbourhood Action Team has asked for more lighting for the multi-use games area just off Felton Road.

OMTRA newsletter – March 2017

The newsletter highlights concerns over the abuse of the playing fields of the Meadows Recreation Ground.  There isn’t money to fence the fields and it would not (most probably) be desirable anyway.
Nice pieces on NCH buttress works and the recent storm.
I think the parts of the article on how residents parking permits may be out of date, and we may well (in time) have to act on Wilford Crescent East.

 

Triathlon mixed relays on the Embankment

On Saturday, 2nd September, 20 thousand people will be coming to The Meadows to see the Brownlee brothers and many others in a national championship relay race that with be covered in full, live on BBC 1; and to have a go themselves.
At today’s press conference at Nottingham Castle, a clear expectation that the event will be very entertaining.

As for The Meadows, road closures will be restricted to the south end of Arkwright Walk as ‘amateur’ competitors use the Portland Baths for the swimming legs of the race.
Car parking will be on the Meadows Recreation Ground, and access will be from Wilford Grove and Bathley Street.  The cycling element of the race will almost reach the gates by Wilford Toll Bridge and go up Wilford Grove as far as the new plateau, to fulfill the specification, and will see that stretch of road resurfaced soon in preparation for the race.
To mitigate the impact of traffic on local streets, I’ve been given assurances about encouraging the use of public transport and that the Embankment will be opened up at the end to allow the main body of cars to leave that way.

Meanwhile, plans to construct a mini-cycle track for kids to develop their road safety awareness will be pushed on – perhaps available for the Summer, but I’d need to check again.

Street Cricket at Meadows Cricket Pavilion

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Fielding …
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Batting …
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Catching.
“A Chance to Shine.”
Trent Bridge Cricket Trust and Notts County Cricket getting kids, including from The Meadows, interested in playing cricket.
“A great day at Victoria Embankment for the Chance to Shine street cricket launch, with Samit Patel as special guest”
Exercises included using a machine to measure bowling speed.

As I recall, the girl pictured pondering had never picked up a cricket bat.  By the end of the session, she was hitting every ball I bowled – yep, I am that bad a bowler.  La de da.
Note the post code of the pavilion is actually NG2 2GJ.