Minutes of Meeting May 2017

FRIENDS OF MARYON AND MARYON WILSON PARKS

Minutes of Meeting, May 2017


 
Venue:  Kinveachy Gardens, SE7
Date:   Thursday May 11
Present (14): Christine (chair), Steve (secretary), Gulle (treasurer), Raj, Rod, Lesley, Catherine,  Evelyn, Alan, Nigel, Ronnie, Liz, Tim, Edna.
 
1. Welcome and Apologies  (7): Mickey, Andrew, Hazel, John, Ashleigh, Jason, Paul.
 
2. Minutes of previous meeting:  Accepted.
 
3. “Picnic in the Park” Maryon Park 18 June
Christine and Liz had attended a planning meeting organised by the local Hub, who are holding this event from 2-6pm as part of the national Big Lunch day.
The organisers would like help setting up from 11am and would also welcome use of a van, plus details from us of the ice cream van used on previous Open Days.
The Friends will have a table under our gazebo selling bric-a-brac and plants etc (contributions welcome on the day). Helpers would also be welcome on our “stall” – for an hour or a few hours between 2 and 6pm, or to help set up from about 1 or 1.30pm or to clear up afterwards around 6.
The Community Garden will have their own Big Lunch event from 10am-4pm (see below).
 
4. Report from Greenwich Parks Forum Meeting and other Council news
Steve and Gulle had attended the Forum meeting on 20 April, where the main item was a summary of the Council’s new 10-year Parks and Open Spaces strategy. It was generally felt to be rather bland, although details of the Action Plan to implement it might be more interesting.
Specific points of interest to Friends groups were:
1) “explore funding opportunities available to Parks and Friends groups”
2) “consult Friends groups when proposing significant changes or developments in parks”
3) “Identify park buildings…that will benefit from regeneration/restoration”.
The Council’s Rob Goring confirmed that the derelict toilets in Maryon Wilson had been looked at under item 3. Surveyors would be commissioned to provide an estimate for suitable buildings.
Tim pointed out that the Council’s aim for this involved generating income; having an architect’s office in the park, or a café, for instance.
The Council are also proposing a tree audit every five years.
Rob Goring said the latest news of a possible link-up between Hadlow College and the Animal Park was: “We’re waiting for a statement of intent from Hadlow”.
Two other items from the Forum were that a new Community Engagement Officer who would liaise with Friends groups should be appointed by the end of the month; and the Forum would have a stall at the annual Great Get Together at Woolwich Barracks on 24 June despite having had a poor position with little footfall last year, when we attended.
 
5. Public consultation on Charlton Riverside plans
Liz, Steve G and Christine had attended this and reported a certain scepticism about how strong the Council would be in opposing some of the plans, like flats of 10 or more storeys.
A green bridge from Maryon Park would need to go deep onto the northern side of the Woolwich Road. An alternative proposal was a “green crossing” with road calming measures.
 
6. Community Garden report:
Over 100 visitors attended the Big Dig on 22 April with Garden tours, a plant sale, a craft stall and family events including ‘P.J. the Magical Clown’. £180 was raised.
On Sunday 18 June (10am-4pm) the Big Lunch event will be a Bring and Share Picnic including We Cook Your Pizza; bring a picnic and pizza ingredients to share, or make a donation to the work of the Community Garden. Plus plant sale.
There will be an educational visit from Marjorie McClure Special School and College on 1 June with 17 students (16 – 19 years old) and 7 staff. In the afternoon the students will visit the Animal Park, providing it is open.
Plot-holders have been planting their early crops including chard, beans, beetroot, potatoes, spinach and rhubarb.  A new pergola rain shelter has been erected over the children’s area doubling as the pizza kitchen for Open Days. Negotiations on the design and construction of the new fencing and gates continue.
  
7. Treasurer’s report:
The balance was £668.9p with petty cash of £19.16.
A new table has been purchased for £32.99.
 
8. Any other business:
Avian flu: A notice appeared in Maryon Wilson saying the pathway would be re-opened on 15 May and public tours would be reinstated soon afterwards. Six days later, however, an update said two new cases had been reported in England which meant the situation might change. NOTE: The pathway was opened after all at the weekend before the 15th.

Clear Ups: There were two well attended ones in April and May. The Council appear to be doing litter-picking on Thursdays.

Green flag: There will be an inspection to see if Maryon Park should retain its Green Flag on the afternoon of Wednesday 17 May, to which we are invited to send representatives.

Dog bins: Christine will inform the Council’s David Willoughby that the bottom of one or two dog bins in Maryon Wilson are falling out.  

Calendar: It was decided not to produce a calendar this year. Notelets to be considered for the future.

Hustings: There will be hustings with local General Election candidates in the Charlton Assembly Rooms from 2.30 on Sunday June 4.

Diary dates:
Next meeting: Thursday July 13 at Kinveachy Gardens, 7.15 for 7.30pm.
Clear-Ups: Saturday June 3 and Saturday July 1 from 10am to midday. Meet at our gazebo in Maryon Wilson Park.
 
Steve Tongue, secretary
Email: friendsofmaryonparks@gmail.com