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Friends of Preston Park AGM - Shared screen with speaker view
Lin MacCallum Stewart
29:38
Well done, thanks for your hard work.
Lin MacCallum Stewart
37:31
Yes happy to propose
Daniel Travis
37:36
I propose
Anne-Fay Townsend
37:39
Second
Daniel Travis
37:41
I'll second
Tiffany Seymour
37:50
Yes
Daniel Travis
37:51
Yes
Amy Heley
37:52
yes
Anne-Fay Townsend
37:52
Yes please
Abbie Mead
37:54
Yes
Philip Eastell
37:58
Yes
Sue Paskins
38:15
yes
Marguerite Wright
38:22
yes
Leo Littman
45:45
That's exactly how we're planning to answer, Clive.
Sue Paskins
47:41
Stanmer?
Anne-Fay Townsend
50:17
Stanmer is too far out - so many people come to Pride from elsewhere.
Sandra Staufer
52:43
The new charges are 50p higher. Do users know that’s its cheaper to park outside. Can we ask coaches to tell their parents to park outside or walk to the park
Sharon Hamlin
53:06
could park rangers eg Andy be given parking enforcement powers?
Siriol Hugh-Jones
53:31
03456 035 469 and select option 2.
carol cole
54:59
why is parking overnight permitted. hours for parking should increase to 24 hours.
Sandra Staufer
55:53
Bollards sounds great
Kerry Pickett
57:19
There ae
Kerry Pickett
57:40
So seems to be more people parking within the park
Paul Campbell
58:27
Public Space Protection Order
Sandra Staufer
58:48
On a nuisance note: One gf the football coaches said to me the other day that on a Friday evening 4-5pm youngsters drink and smash bottles. This can cause injury to their players. Could I tell FOP about this.
Anne-Fay Townsend
01:02:03
There are two categories of people who are living in the park from what I can see - people who are clearly v vulnerable and rough sleeping. And van dwellers?
Leo Littman
01:02:17
Any criminal or antisocial behaviour like this, should be reported to the police. If a crime is in progress, ring 999, otherwise, ring 101.
Siriol Hugh-Jones
01:02:24
If you see anyone rough sleeping in the park please contact Streetlink
Sharon Hamlin
01:03:34
there doesn't appear to be any signage stating no overnight parking which happens on a casual basis with holiday makers in large motor homes
Sandra Staufer
01:04:44
Signage: I agree with Sahron, there is very little signage generally about how to behave in the park. Or any phone numbers. Why is that?
Leo Littman
01:04:48
Since the last lockdown, eviction notices have been issued to van-dwellers. However, there is a constant churn, meaning continuously issuing new eviction notices. I hope the Part 55 Order, if granted, will help speed this up.
Catherine Johnson
01:05:56
can we go back to discussing Pride at some stage. Leo Littman brushed it over far too easily. it should be scaled right back. it damages the park and is really horrible nowadays
Daniel Travis
01:06:12
We will be aiming to have temporary LED low level lighting on the tennis courts
Sharon Hamlin
01:06:35
Leo - but that doesn't relate to the issue of causal overnight camping
Leo Littman
01:06:44
Hi Catherine. Everyone has their views on Pride in the Park. The Council has to take all of these into account when making decisions in regard to it.
Sandra Staufer
01:07:08
ON a positive note: I also think that at night its quite safe to run as a woman with a torch. Its great
Anne-Fay Townsend
01:07:35
I agree Sandra. -it’s amazing to have a public resource that is so well used at night by the community.
Paul Campbell
01:08:55
Enforcement before signage
Anne-Fay Townsend
01:08:57
I like that there are so few signs — signs can often make it seem like there is a bigger problem than there is. Speaking as an ex-Londoner ;-)
Sharon Hamlin
01:10:11
Some parks have a large noticeboard stating postitive things about the envrorment gvimg info about the plants trees etc and suggesting very nicely how great it is when people enjoy anf respect the space
Philip Eastell
01:11:03
is it not the case that those who break rules are usually the ones who ignore signs anyway?
Anne-Fay Townsend
01:11:17
Preston Park has nice signs about trees and heritage.
Siriol Hugh-Jones
01:12:35
Thanks Paul!
Philip Eastell
01:12:48
Agree with Paul
Lin MacCallum Stewart
01:12:49
Nudges work too. Signs telling how many other people conform.
Anne-Fay Townsend
01:14:16
I love how wild and rural the park is. Signs will make it feel more like just another city park imho.
Marguerite Wright
01:14:52
the volunteer group has existed for 24 years!
Marguerite Wright
01:15:11
We are unable to work at the moment
jilly welch
01:16:02
should a museum trust representative be invited to be on the FPP group in some way?
Marguerite Wright
01:16:03
Is the walled garden part of the park or si it not?
Lin MacCallum Stewart
01:16:20
Why spend money cutting back the wildlife margins?
Marguerite Wright
01:16:40
stop gap measures is using a strimmer
Sue Paskins
01:17:43
why. then spend money cutting backhe wilder margins, ?
Marguerite Wright
01:17:50
the volunteers were working in the garden before George was appointed. now we are not allowed to
Paul Campbell
01:19:29
We need to know what the Trusts plans are for the Walled Garden now, and going forward.
jilly welch
01:20:32
I’ve also been noticing rats in the walled garden this summer… not good
Amy Heley
01:22:42
we have asked city parks to work with pest control to deal with the rats
Leo Littman
01:24:09
I think, since Covid, more people are feeding the squirrels in the churchyard, which unfortunately encourages the rats. And, by the way, there ARE signs saying please don't feed the squirrels as it attracts rats.
Anne-Fay Townsend
01:24:24
Sounds like the Walled Garden is a valuable asset which is trapped in some kind of administrative limbo? And the risk is we might lose a number of historic plants whilst this is sorted out?
Anne-Fay Townsend
01:24:56
Thank you for raising this Marguerite and let us know if local residents can help support in any way.
Sharon Hamlin
01:25:33
I think Paul Campbell had something to say about this ...
Paul Campbell
01:27:00
The Trust would probably appreciate Volunteers working with Cityparks approaching them with a solution. Cityparks can assist with any discussion. I am happy to pitch in myself
Andy
01:28:20
city parks allow volunteer trained leaders to take groups. unfortunately the museum trust doesn’t
Siriol Hugh-Jones
01:29:03
Sounds like the Trust needs to be persuaded of the merits of using volunteers
Sandra Staufer
01:29:20
Bigger bins will attract waste. Tell people to take rubbish home
Anne-Fay Townsend
01:30:22
Recycling bins would be optimal. Barbecue bins would encourage barbecues, no?
Sue Paskins
01:30:23
there are bags of bones (chicken and ribs) often in the woody area close to demo garden
Sandra Staufer
01:30:26
Careful wit bin in the park even if recycle bins, they are messy.
Kerry Pickett
01:35:12
Can’t volunteers clear these lives in a gentler way
Kerry Pickett
01:35:19
leaves
jilly welch
01:35:50
Has the park ever had a biodiversity study/ report done on it?
Sharon Hamlin
01:35:53
Yes I think we could Kerry!
jilly welch
01:36:09
Its this something we could invite a student project on for example?
Leo Littman
01:37:00
The Council passed a motion recognising the biodiversity crisis. This should inform policy across the Council. One for you, Amy, I think!
Lin MacCallum Stewart
01:37:41
The more edge habitats the better.
Sue Paskins
01:37:50
can we do this without glyphosate
Sandra Staufer
01:38:15
Thanks Leo, good news about the council recognising the biodiversity crisis, and there are so many areas now left/ managed to encourage biodiversity which is wonderful.
Siriol Hugh-Jones
01:38:27
The council has stopped using glyphosate. I agree we need to leave more leaf mulch
Sue Paskins
01:38:36
wild flower need low levels of nutriens!!
Leo Littman
01:39:17
True, but there's low and there's too low. Apparently, the state reached by 2018 was the latter.
Kerry Pickett
01:40:20
Can’t we use tree mulch to make paths
jilly welch
01:42:29
the prices on the tennis gate says the unemployment rate is only 50p less than the full rate - way too high?!
Anne-Fay Townsend
01:43:09
On the point of park facilities being run by others — which can be really positive. Why is a private gym allowed to operate in the park and basically annex public space?
Sandra Staufer
01:43:49
Agree re private gym completely, it privatising the park!
Siriol Hugh-Jones
01:43:51
They are leasing the pavilion and the two former bowls greens
Kerry Pickett
01:44:43
They are using buildings that had no current use
Anne-Fay Townsend
01:45:11
The green space would be used by the public otherwise?
Leo Littman
01:45:40
I know what you mean. However,they're not annexing public space, they've leased it. Ward Councillors wanted it to become a community hub, but the decision was made to go for the bid which gave the Council the most money.
Anne-Fay Townsend
01:46:26
How long does the gym have the space for? A community hub would have been preferable — obv. So maybe there is a future when the park/public get the space back?
Amy Heley
01:47:18
remember you can always email us everyone :)
Anne-Fay Townsend
01:47:41
Thank you FOP fo all your great work and for those councillors and council employees who have taken the time this weekend to do this and for your ongoing hard work and support too.
Anne-Fay Townsend
01:47:55
We love our park and are very lucky to have it and you.
Siriol Hugh-Jones
01:47:59
and it's warmer than St Peter's!
Sandra Staufer
01:48:01
Agree, I wold be happy to bring more people to join.
Leo Littman
01:48:12
Thanks to FoPP for organising this excellent event.
Lin MacCallum Stewart
01:48:18
Thank you all too