“An archipelago of artists”.
A made-up mass noun by organiser Pat Thomas.
Missed the group discussion, but pleased to take photos of many of the participants.
Higher res photos available.
Lilian Greenwood MP joined the organisers, Pat and Bel, for a discussion about local issues in The Meadows.
Around 50 residents met to consider how the planning system could be used to defend the defining features of the Old Meadows, in a way that every property owner would have to obey.
Using a conservation order, of which there are 32 in the city, perhaps the three strongest ideas are –
– consistency in roof tiling – most rooves to be slate or slate lookalike;
(Visit Wollaton Park Estate to see what happens when the 1930’s design code was ignored);
– requiring front boundary walls to be kept in Bulwell stone (or its Ilkeston/Alfreton lookalike);
– keeping the depth of window reveals to be consistent with original specifications.
Could usefully have explored views on allowing higher walls at the rear properties, or not. (It seems unlikely that an adopted plan would be used to require property owners. to undo changes already made, )
The boundary proposed need to be reviewed too – should the more modern eco-houses be in or not?
And what might a conservation area do for the potential development sites at the former Old Toll Bridge pub site, and at the former Collygate school site off Wilford Grove?
OMTRA are now collecting opinions and will present a summary report to a future public meeting.
Reports on parks and police matters.
Following a complaint about tipping in private alleyways behind houses not being enforced by uniformed officers, may well explore being quicker to clear such waste and to charge property owners for the service.
TO BE WRITTEN UP FULLY.
Eddie Curry, Parks Manager, gave presentations on investments in Victoria Embankment, tackling current issues regarding use and abuse of the parks and plans to put a memorial to matk the centenary of the end of the first world war.
Opponents of the new memorial argue for the integrity of the 1927 design of the gardens, yet then call for the erection of a former one-sided door frame in the gardens, whilst saying the listing of names of the fallen from 100 years ago can be served by the installation of QR code plates on public benches. Not good enough.
TO BE FULLY WRITTEN UP
erection of Q
Year 3 pupil Angelina (see chalk drawing) took photos of visitors and volunteers at the AMCG Summer Fayre.
A new local choir.
TO BE UPDATED, with links on previous AMCG events.