The Meadows and Victoria Embankment shown off to advantage on BBC tv at 2 triathlon events; first a mass participation event starting at Portland Leisure Centre and then a national open relay race along the Embankment.
** New mini road network for kids to cycle on **
Further to the paddling pool, and the wide range of outdoor play equipment, Victoria Embankment and Nottingham City now offers a road network exclusively for kids to learn to ride a bike on, and to learn road safety.
Photos show site under development, opening ceremony, and a couple of dads pushing kids along on their first rides.
Facility is great for The Meadows, but designed to serve the conurbation.
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.
The council and others have invested heavily along Victoria Embankment in recent years – a new cricket pavilion, street lighting along the resurfaced carriageway, a parking system to prioritize local shoppers and park users – this fire is a big step back.
We are about to put better pavements in behind the bandstand and are planning a mini-road system for kiddies to learn to cycle.
The fire started at the bandstand at approx. 2.30am this morning.
The Fire Brigade attended and extinguished the fire.
An individual has been arrested.
A crime scene team were to visit.
The council’s parks officer was to visit with a Structural Engineer and the site will be fenced off.
Initial perception is that the back rooms are badly damaged, but the damage to the front is more superficial – but we await a proper inspection.
The bandstand is Grade 2 Listed (“built in the Moderne style and is particularly unusual and progressive for its date, … bold in design and appearance”), and is insured.
We now wait to properly know –
– the cause of the fire and the motivation behind it;
– the status of the bandstand’s structure.
It seems any restoration will need better lighting and security, but we should also explore the quality of the support facilities for performers.
News from late Friday check – Initial view is that the structure is sound, so will be looking at repairs – but I think we have to consider enhancements to make the building more secure and support better events
Also, N Post report.
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.
A set of photos (some a bit blurred) is available – of :-
Marching to the Peace Memorial;
Service and laying of wreaths;
March past The Council House;