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.

Great Get Together at Queens Walk Rec

For Jo Cox MP, supported by the 3 Meadows primary schools and the Meadows Muslim Centre.
A white rose was planted, as well as the flower beds being renewed by the children, who also explored the smells and textures of the sensuary garden.

Nottingham Cultural Framework consultation

Consultation across the city to explore whether fresh cultural outlooks can bring new ideas, projects and dynamism to the city.
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The Meadows event was of course able to draw on the success of the Meadows Story Poles, the Friends of Meadows Library and the Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens.
Nottingham’s stories were also celebrated, although perhaps need to be hardened up from Nottingham led the fight to early democracy (Luddites, Chartists) to why that should mean higher elector registration and turnout.
Perhaps one interesting project could be to make art and flowers bring the to-be-pedestrianised Collin Street be an attraction in its own right.

One bizarre distraction was BBC tv East Midlands Today turning up to ask about a  pedestrian being knocked over by the tram.  I was fetched out and could only say I didn’t know anything about what appears in the end to have been a minor incident.

St.George’s day at Queens Walk Rec

Over 70 attended at the event organised by Friends of Queens Walk Park.
Bel baked a cake (and decorated it with the flag of Georgia – tease).
Kids found seets in the paper mache model of a dragon head.

Meanwhile, NEMTRA have developed a programme of summer events.
NEMTRA Summer calendar, 2016
·        May  4th –Launch of “ Memories” exhibition at Meadows gallery with free afternoon tea and cakes. Details later
·         May, 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Wood carving sessions, £5 for Meadows residents, £15 for non residents
·         May 10th Bowls open afternoon for members of  “Click Nottingham “ (seniors group.)
·         May 12th NEMTRA Public meeting focussing on new building plans
·         June 9th Committee meeting
·         June/July Summer Arts and Crafts exhibition
·         July 16th- Love Parks Day Drama on our park- with picnic .
·         August 11th Committee meeting
·         September ….. outing to seaside – details later
·         September 8th Public meeting
The choir is meeting every Tuesday for a singalong from 4 pm till 5 pm.
The usual Monday fortnightly wood carving will be carrying on : the May wood carving sessions are extra, funded by NCH.