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Volunteer Day – Wednesday 13th March 10.00-14.00

Following on from the success of our January Volunteer Day, we have arranged another get together for 13th March. The main focus of activity will be to move the cuttings from the coppiced hedge next to the Glan Aber tennis courts to a couple of locations: the new dog walking area and the gaps in the hedge next to the pathway by the golf course.

In addition, the following will be tackled:
clearance of the path edges from the car park to the cafe area
the installation of footpath slabs or stones by the white gate on the pathway near to Glan Aber Tennis Club.
If you are able to volunteer please could you advise us in advance. If you know of anyone else who would like to help with this effort, please pass on this note.

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on that day. It will help to make our well appreciated open space even better.

Steve Telford,
Chair, Friends of Westminster Park

FoWP Volunteer Day Sunday, 13 January 2019 10.00-13.00

The Friends of Westminster Park are appealing for your help on a Volunteer Day (Sunday, 13 January 10:00-13:00).
The main aims will be:
to spruce up the Lache Lane entrance to the park
to remove the nettles in the Children’s Play Area
to remove any litter in that area of the park

Andy James, our CWaC Park Development Officer, will provide litter pickers and bags and bring along some loppers, spades, forks etc. though you would be very welcome to bring your own equipment (e.g. edging tools, trowels, hoes, extra spades). If we get lots of volunteers and/or make significant progress we might be able to move onto the Cliveden Road entrance too.

If you are able to volunteer please could you advise us in advance. If you know of anyone else who would like to help with this effort, please pass on this note.

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on that day. It will be great to start the year in this way, helping to make our well appreciated open space even better.

Steve Telford,
Chairman
Friends of Westminster Park

FoWP December Update

In the last newsletter I mentioned that there were increasing comments and complaints about a noticeable decline in standards of upkeep in Westminster Park with grassed areas being cut less frequently and looking untidy, weeds spreading across paths, the children’s play area and BMX track, and damage from vandalism. We have been discussing these issues with Council officers who recognise that standards have declined this year but are under increasing pressure from constraints on public spending. They have undertaken to clarify and define standards and implement them more rigorously next year. Some damage from vandalism has been repaired and there were also a couple of volunteer events late in the season to catch up on a backlog of work. However, financial constraints are unlikely to be relaxed and a greater contribution is going to be needed from local volunteers to uphold standards in the future. All of us greatly value the park and its facilities so if you are able to contribute some of your time to help with tidying the park, do please get in touch with our secretary, Sue Britton, at brittonfamily@btinternet.com .

We have also been discussing improved preventative and security measures against incursions by travellers and vandalism. One possibility has been installing a height restriction barrier but a traffic survey has shown that a large number of taller vehicles come to the park entirely legitimately. In addition to the inconvenience caused, a barrier could result in detering visitors or unwanted parking in front of houses on adjacent roads. Other possibilities include reinstating CCTV cameras, installing internal barriers to prevent vehicle access to the sports pitches, and closing the park gates at night. These are still being considered.

Refurbishment of the changing room area in the central café block is still in hand and, with no additional funding available, the Council is seeking to establish working arrangements with potential user groups to look after opening and closing, regular cleaning and replenishment of supplies.

On the positive side, the café now being managed by Golfstorehouse has been offering a much improved range of food and refreshments and is being used by an increasing number of visitors to the park and groups including mother and toddler, Scrabble and ukulele. We have also been most grateful to receive the donation of another seat in the park making a total of four this year in addition to two picnic benches last year. And once again, the wide variety of trees in the park have been showing their delightful autumn colours. 

David Guyton

AGM 22 November 2017

FRIENDS OF WESTMINSTER PARK

www.westminsterpark.org.uk

Secretary: Sue Britton, 24 Lache Lane Chester CH4 7LR

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting will be held at 8.00 pm

on Wednesday 22 November 2017

at

  Westminster Park Community Centre,

Five Ashes Road, Chester CH4 7QS

Agenda

Welcome and apologies

Minutes of AGM on 30 November 2016

Chairman’s Report by David Guyton

Treasurer’s Report by Jenny Szczyglowski

Election of officers and committee

Chairman

Secretary

Treasurer

Committee members

Current issues – general discussion

Any other business

Subscriptions

Subscriptions for 2017-2018 are now due

Westminster Park with its wide range of recreational and sporting facilities is a valuable asset for all residents living in the area. The Friends of Westminster Park represent all organisations and local residents with an interest in Westminster Park and your membership is immensely helpful in discussions with the Council and helping to raise external funds for improvements. The annual subscription is £2 per household and your support is much appreciated.

FoWP June Update

Thanks to two bulb-planting working parties last autumn, daffodils contributed by our local councillors provided a delightful splash of spring colour in the grassed area at the end of the car park, along the vehicle entrance to the café block, and around the civic sculpture next to the children’s play area. Previous bulb plantings along the perimeter path overlooking the football pitches, the spring bedding plants at the Hough Green entrance and in the flowerbed in front of the café, and the wide variety of trees coming into leaf  also added to the attractiveness of the park as summer approached.
After raising funds last year for more public seating, it is pleasing to report that three new park benches have been installed at intervals along the perimeter path so that more people, particularly those with mobility limitations and young children, can pause and enjoy the scenery and sports activities. One of the seats was kindly donated by a local resident and we have received additional offers of donations. Further donations would be greatly welcomed and the Friends of Westminster Park will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements.
In response to strong interest by several sports and exercise groups, the Friends and Golfstorehouse have been active in advocating the restoration of the changing rooms in the café block and a Council renovation project is now under way. When the project is complete, effective arrangements for bookings and day to day management will be needed to ensure that the facilities are properly supervised and kept good condition. We are looking to work with the Council and park users to achieve this.
For the second time in nine months there was another unauthorised encampment by travellers in April. This was dealt with promptly and efficiently by the Council and Police and, because of the particular circumstances on this occasion, it was possible to achieve eviction within a day without the need to obtain court orders. Coming so soon after the previous incident last July has reinforced questions about the case for preventative measures and further discussions are being sought with the Council.
Although fortunately not a serious problem, there has also been a disappointing increase in vandalism, litter and anti-social behaviour in recent months. If anyone witnesses or becomes aware of such incidents please report them to our new PSCO Lauren Davies at lauren.davies@cheshire.pnn.police.ukor by calling 101. And please help to keep the park clean and tidy for everyone’s enjoyment by depositing litter and dog waste in the bins provded. 
Summer’s here so make the most of the park! 
David Guyton
Friends of Westminster Park 

TRAVELLERS IN WESTMINSTER PARK – UPDATE

Following my previous report about another unauthorised encampment by travellers in Westminster Park, I am pleased to say that they departed earlier this afternoon, Friday, 7 April.

This was achieved as a result of commendably prompt and efficient action by the Gypsy and Traveller Team at Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Police. The travellers were known to the Police and notice was able to be served rapidly because of previous transgressions and restrictions. Local residents and park users are very grateful for this speedy response and comments from Council staff that more permanent protective measures will be considered again in the light of this latest incursion.

David Guyton

Chairman
Friends of Westminster Park

TRAVELLERS IN WESTMINSTER PARK

I am sorry to report another unauthorised encampment by travellers in Westminster Park yesterday evening, 6 April, this time comprising three vehicles and two caravans which are parked in front of the café block. The council and police were informed straightaway and they are now dealing with the matter. As trespass is a civil rather than a criminal issue, the council will be seeking court authorisation for eviction as soon as possible.

Coming only nine months after the previous incident, renewed questions are already being asked by local residents and park users as to whether more permanent protective measures are appropriate such as access barriers or a permanent injunction.

David Guyton

Chairman
Friends of Westminster Park

December Working Party

Following a succesful bulb-planting working party in November, another working party was organised in December. This time, we were pleased to be joined by an enthusiastic group of children from Belgrave Primary School and their teachers. The planting was filmed by publicity staff from Cheshire West and Chester Council and the video was shown at a Council event in January to record appreciation for the contribution of volunteers in local communities across the county. We can now look forward to a splendid display of daffodils in the spring between the car park and café block and around the sculpture next to the children’s play area. Thank you to everyone who took part in both plantings.

Dec group photo

In response to requests for more public seating around the park, particularly for people with mobility difficulties and families with young children, three new park seats have been ordered and are now installed in time for the longer days and better weather in the spring. We are most grateful to a local resident who has donated one of the seats and to our local councillors for contributing towards the cost from their members’ budgets. If any other residents would like to donate a seat or picnic table, we would be delighted to make the arrangements.

Several sports and exercise groups in Westminster Park have expressed their desire for the changing rooms in the café block to be refurbished and brought back into use. Possibilities for doing so are being examined by the Council, Golfstorehouse as operator of the golf course and cafe, and the Friends. Everyone is aware of the financial constraints affecting all public services and the challenge is to find a workable way forward.
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David Guyton
Friends of Westminster Park

PLANTING & WEEDING – Thursday 10th November

Following the success of the volunteer working party in collecting litter and other rubbish in Westminster Park as part of the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign earlier in the year, another volunteer working party is being held to plant spring bulbs and to tidy some of the shrub beds in Westminster Park.

We will be meeting at the café in the centre of the park at 10.00am on Thursday 10th November and working for about a couple of hours.

Please come along with family and friends to do your part in brightening up Westminster Park. Wear working clothes and stout boots or shoes and with gardening gloves if you have them. Some equipment will be available but it would also be helpful if you could bring gardening tools such as hand or border forks, spades, secateurs and loppers for your own use if you have them.

Please email if you are able to join us, so that we have an idea of numbers – we would like 20-25 helpers if possible.

We are fortunate in having Westminster Park with its wide range of sporting and recreational activities. With your help we can keep it looking at its best.

See you there!

David Guyton