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178.

This meeting has been arranged to discuss issues relating to the Common and Syke Pond

    Minutes:

    The Chair explained that this meeting had been called to specifically discuss issues in relation to Syke Pond and the Common.

     

    Nick Barton was in attendance to discuss Syke Pond, unfortunately Ian Trickett was unable to attend to discuss the Common. However Ian had provided responses to questions submitted prior to the meeting.

     

    Syke Pond

     

    In general the Forum expressed their dissatisfaction with the amount of time it has taken to make any progress with this project.

     

    The following questions had been submitted prior to the meeting.

     

    ‘Update on timing of the work is needed. On the understanding that funds have been secured we would like to know’:

     

    -       If a contractor has been found

    -       When the work will begin

    -       With whom the responsibility for commissioning the work now lies.

     

    The Officer acknowledged that progress on the Syke Pond project had been slow and that he understood that this would have created a great deal of frustration for residents.

     

    However he reassured forum members that funds had been secured for the project and that discussions had taken place to move this initiative forward.

     

    A number of residents expressed concern about the amount of finance being available for the project and drainage problems associated with the Common and Pond.

     

    The Officer stated that in order to satisfy residents that progress would be made he would produce, for the next forum (18 October 2018) a project plan for the initiative.

     

    The Common

     

    The following responses had been provided to questions that had been submitted prior to the meeting;

     

    QUESTIONS / COMMENTS

    RESPONSE

     

     

    Syke Pond

     

    Update on timing of the work is needed. On the understanding that funds have been secured we would like to know:

     

    • If a contractor has been found
    • When the work will begin
    • With whom the responsibility for commissioning the work now lies

     

     

    Nick Barton attending meeting

     

     

    Heritage Gardens

     

    Repairs are needed to the area including damaged flagstones and general maintenance

    Heritage garden maintenance lies with the Council. I will ask Tracy Hibbert to look at the site with David Illingworth. Tracy manages In Bloom landscaping projects and David Illingworth manages day to day maintenance.  Between them they should be able to come up with a plan of action.

     

     

    Paths on the Common

     

    • The paths on the Common have deteriorated following both the theft of some flagstones and the burial over time of others. The Common is often wet and boggy and the reinstatement of good quality paths would make it more accessible for a wider section of the community.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • The Limersgate pack horse trail once ran from the Chapel to the pond, then to Binns Nook Road and Falinge Park. This should be reinstated with an acceptable surface that would allow access for wheelchairs and pushchairs and which would not allow pooling of water.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Who has the responsibility for and knowledge of the definitive map. This seems to have been inaccessible to the public for some time now. The addition of Limersgate onto the definitive map  ...  view the full minutes text for item 178.

179.

Date and time of next meetings

    Minutes:

    A date and time for a meeting to specifically discuss issues in relation to the Common will be organised by the Township and Engagement Officer as soon as possible.

     

    Forum dates are as follows:

     

    Thursday 18 October 2018 at 6.30pm (AGM) – Syke Base

    Thursday 10 January 2019 at 6.30pm – Syke Base

    Thursday 14 March 2019 at 6.30pm – Syke Base