Lilian Greenwood MP gave a short speech and planted a white rose.
Fifty and more people from near and far came to share some food and drink.
A gloriously hot afternoon, and a lovely set of photos – mainly taken by a 9 year old. So much for all this “I like your photo” stuff in Facebook.
Plenty of people supporting Lilian, and even those who hadn’t made their mind up were happy to pose for a photo.
Distinguishing feature this year – making garlands out of willow branches.
Over 200 attended.
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.
A residents’ meeting that ended with a round of applause. How rare is that?
Nicola opened with a presentation on her work as portfolio holder for neighbourhood services and community safety.
A speaker on cats came along cos of the issues we have with feral cats in The Meadows.
Local uniformed officers turned up to report on crime stats and the latest Police operations against drug dealing.
Points were made and questions were taken on parks, parking permits and the Meadows Medical Centre.
Well advertised, organised and chaired; supportive and never accusatory, the meeting was packed full of stuff and exemplary – hence the applause at the end.
Improvements to the centre are now due to be finished in July.
The local Police Sergeant reported on tackling drug trading and the various actions being taken to tackle it.
I reported on parking in Meadows streets, improvements to parks, works on trees, changes at Bridgeway Shopping Centre and the impact of cuts in finance for City Council and Police services.
Points from the floor were made on the Hackney trade.
The importance of reporting crime, including hate crime was stressed.
I was asked to share news of a British Army project – Girls Youth Leadership Training.
The newsletter highlights concerns over the abuse of the playing fields of the Meadows Recreation Ground. There isn’t money to fence the fields and it would not (most probably) be desirable anyway.
Nice pieces on NCH buttress works and the recent storm.
I think the parts of the article on how residents parking permits may be out of date, and we may well (in time) have to act on Wilford Crescent East.