Meadows parks updates – February 2019

Queens Walk Rec – the half muga is to be removed week commencing March 4th and external funding confirmed for a multi-use games area and for a keep fit sports equipment, with works to start week commencing March 18th.

Arkwright Walk Green – £9k of s106 money to finance a half-muga and a goal is secured.

Bandstand
The bandstand has been equipped to be able to support better events and will be opened in April.
The rails that allow the doors to slide needed more works than anticipated and the late discovery meant the weather was too damp once the rendering of the ceiling over the stage was scheduled to be done. 

Memorial works – the Roll of Honour memorial will be opened in late June. Construction of the foundations has begun.

Memorial Gardens – submission for up to £1m from Heritage Lottery Fund for renewal of Memorial and its Gardens has been approved by HLF approved for a fuller submission.

Paddling pool renewal – are worried that the fundamental fabric of the existing pool will fail and it will need a complete re-instatement; the first “blue sky” ideas are being worked on for perhaps 5 years time with perhaps a budget of £1 million – scope to do lots of new stuff, but keeping paddling on the Victoria Embankment Pavilions.
 
The city council wants the cricket pavilion to be used during the football season. 
Having sought to adopt a local football club as a partner for using the cricket pavilion for football in the winter, we decided just to rent out the pavilion this winter, and after holding discussions with at least 3 clubs, were surprised when none of them took up the offer. New efforts are being made. 

Flappable traffic regulation order signs are still to be implemented along traffic routes around the Victoria Embankment when events or on.

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Memorial Gardens Association

30 residents came together to resolve to found an association to care for the Memorial Gardens.
James Dymond briefed the meeting on a plane to renew and repair the site. 
The group will hold its founding meeting in January and their short name will be MeGA.

Parks news and renewed bandstand

Bandstand.

Now due to be available end of November.  Extent of damage to the screen rails by the fire was not appreciated and works to that put the project back.
Colour scheme is different and I understand more representative of the original colours – brown with cream and red.  (See above.)
We’ve taken the chance improve other aspects of the bandstand.  More of the windows at the rear will be opened up.  LED lighting with multi-colour to improve events.  Flush rear entrance.

Parking at The Embankment.
The signs have been up for 2-3 weeks and enforcement can now begin.

A reminder that RingGo means free parking is available on weekdays 9-5 (we only want to deter commuters); and it’s free using the app. (although bookings by phone can trigger a 20p confirmation message).

RingGo on The Embankment carriageway is for 2 hours only, and not available as 2 one-hour sessions.

Queens Walk Rec play and keep-fit equipment.