Victoria Embankment Memorial Gardens lottery award

City Council officers, MeGA volunteers and OMTRA activists celebrate the good news; centre – proposed visitor centre.

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.”

Above taken from City Council press release. Nottingham Post article.

OMTRA meet to consider conservation area for the Old Meadows

20180925 1915 ML omtra conservation area 42494201_10155882076496305_5180883925198700544_oAround 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.

Talk on Victoria Embankment

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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
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OMTRA lobby for better park fencing

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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.

OMTRA public meeting – March 2017

A residents’ meeting that ended with a round of applause. How rare is that?
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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.

OMTRA newsletter – March 2017

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.