Good news. as the bid to renew the Memorial Gardens took the next big step to delivering a renewal and history presentation project worth around £1.7 million. Key to the quality of the bid is the knowledge and experience of City Council officers; key to the creditability of the bid is the support of the volunteers group – the Memorial Gardens Association – and OMTRA.
“Nottingham City Council is celebrating after receiving the news that its £130,000 initial bid to restore the Victoria Embankment Memorial Gardens has been successful. “The money has been awarded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund and will be used to improve facilities and create a visitor centre on the park. Nottingham City Council and other funding partners have also contributed with match funding. “The announcement to return the park to its former glory marks the culmination of a development journey which has included two rounds of public consultation. The views of park users, veteran groups and the Friends Group [MEGA] about how the gardens and its facilities could be developed have identified a strong desire to see the area restored and improved. “First stage of work will be developing the designs and plans, leading to a Delivery stage bid. This would then deliver the following:
Restoring the war Memorial which was unveiled in 1927
Restoring Queen Victoria’s Statue (dating from 1903) which has been in the gardens since 1953 (previously it sat in the Old Market Square)
Restoring the pond and fountains
Improving paths and access
Re-planting original flower beds
Installing new furniture
Creation of a visitor centre and toilets.
“An ongoing Activity Plan for the gardens will also set out how the restoration work and activities including historical research and links to both the physical and virtual Roll of Honours. The council will also work with various veteran organisations to help provide work experience and a pathway to help gain permanent employment. It is also proposed to create a Park Co-Ordinator post and two placements over five years. Engagement with the current and future park users will ensure that a legacy can be passed down from generation to generation.”
Nottingham City Council’s Exec Board has agreed the development of a business plan to provide a new tram route through The Meadows and extensions to the existing tram lines passing through The Meadows. The new route to the Racecourse Park & Ride has the potential to relieve London Road should a further extension reach out to the A52 east of Gamston. There are 2 potential routes – – the more direct route out should serves Meadows Way east (with all the new housing planned for Crocus Street) and the Cattle Market (putting the market on the map in a very powerful way, serving the County football Ground and meeting the potential for more housing around the market); – the less direct rout would have stops at Bridgeway Shopping Centre, near to Trent Bridge Island (bringing County Hall, Trent Bridge cricket ground and the City Ground) much nearer to the network and on meadow lane (serving the County Ground, the Cattle Market and new housing). The target is to have the services running in 2028 or 2029. A previous route reaching 2 destinations beyond West Bridgford both failed business cases some 20 years ago because the population densities to support the tram services were not high enough (West Bridgford does become quite spread out) and the tram savings are not high enough.
A range of transport improvements for Nottingham and Derby has been announced by government. The Meadows needs these packages cos we need relief from the heavy traffic on and poor air from London Road. But the most direct benefit will be the capacity for better and more frequent customer information to our bus stops.
Unlikely to consult for resident parking permits to cover the streets OMTRA serves. Do want to explore permits for the Mundella Road area and for Mundella Court. (Public meeting planned for 17th since cancelled.)
Road and pavement surfaces can be OK to use, yet damage to the top surface can invite water to break up the structure below. You’d always want to do more works than seems to be necessary. Area committee capital funds are limited and also needed for funding of parking permit schemes. The worst road in The Meadows is Ainsworth Drive, and it was about to be re-surfaced when it became clear that construction of the new houses would mean any new surface would be damaged. The north end of Osier Road has been re-surfaced recently.
Current suggestions being explored for area capital funding are –
Road and pavement repairs: – pavement re-surfacing on Wilford Grove; – road re-surfacing on Wilford Grove, but not the replacement of speed cushions which are expensive and are the only form of speed calming that NCT will work with; – parts of Collymore Road; and nearby parts of Bathley Street; – parts of Wilford Crescent East, around Bathley Street and down to Felton Road; parts of Wilford Crescent West near Hobart Close.
Parking permits: – consultation for parking permits for Mundella Road and Holgate Road east, but not for streets west of Wilford Grove; – parking permits for Mundella Court cos of football parking; – parking permits for NCH managed home zone parking on Manifold, Houseman and Kelso / Lothmore; or the whole of the New Meadows.
Safety measures: – many of the safety measures to be explored are part of wider concerns, including promoting walking and cycling, that funding from across the city are more appropriate for.
As for why maintain roads, – even roads are most valued by the greener forms of transport – walking, cycling and riding in buses; – potholes can be most unpleasant for nearby residents, through noise and arguably vibration; – preventing potholes getting into the wearing pouring and the base of roads is better value for money. It’s not just about users of cars.