Started with a presentation on planning and current development in The Meadows. Omar from the Community Protection officers presented crime figures for The Meadows, which generally showed a decline for the last 12 months to the 12 months previous. I shared a graphical progress report and a written update on general aims, and news from Portfolio Holder Rebecca Langton.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.