Tuesday 28 November 2006 8.27am
About c.50 people voted on the night on the Founders Place issue, and the maximum number of votes of c.90, I would guess there were around 40 proxies. Of course there could have been non-Founders voters there last night too.
My summary of the evening:
Having heard what the last time was like, it was with some trepidation that I went last night.
Thankfully, Peter Truesdale
managed the agenda with skill and humour, and it was a very well ordered meeting.
The main issues were as highlighted by James above, and I summarise what I can recall as follows;
Talked about the Phase 1 of the Children's playground (c.£172k all in), the Trim Trail (with thanks to Sarah given), the planting around the Toilet Block (c.£60k), the new planting at the southern end, new Plane trees being put in and new benches. Also mentioned that they are past the 1st phase bidding for Lottery money for the Phase 2 of the playground, but that they had lost out on money to do up the shelters.
Ran through the amount invested, including maintenance to paths and fences, refubrishment and reopening of Changing Rooms (c.£30k) and the Toilet Block and planting. Also explained why the Cafe couldn't happen, as the only site identified is leased to the wider Lambeth Parks contractor who have also invested in the buildings.
Explained their "Tree of Life" mosaic, where it will go and why different elements have been included - being installed in March.
Talked about the sports programmes and the substantial refubrishment/replacement costs of the Netball court with a general use court, and the football pitches with a smaller new version.
They explained that they could not get funding for the new football pitch unless they were floodlit and acknowledged the concerns of residents of York House about light pollution. Later, a Friend noted that the British Astronomical Society could provide advice on keeping light pollution to a minimum, and they suggested a trip to other parks where directional floodlighting, which doesn't leak light like the old stuff, is installed.
Talked about the planting scheme at the southern end of the park. Later, one of the Friends said she hated the whole design, and they replied that the site would bed in as the planting established itself. They suggested that anyone with concerns meet them, and that they would explain the design and how the planting will work on site.
The chap (Mike?) from WCDG produced a two-sided summary on how and on what grounds to object, even though his group is in support of the scheme.
I am in the property profession and it was a very clear, well written and accurate summary.
A Friend (N Walsh?) put forward a motion that the FoAP should object to the development. This was defeated by a vote. The Secretary also put forward a draft consultation to go to all members so their view could be canvassed, which essentially will ask:
1 - Object on All Grounds
2 - Object on Grounds Affecting the Park
3 - Work with the Developers to Maximise the benefit to the Park
Presumably this will be sent to members shortly.
The vote was also held for the committee, as shown by James above.
I was elected, and will do my level best to continue to provide an objective and independent view for the benefit of the Park.