Thanks to all that attended the meeting.
Firstly we had an update from Anthony French about the initial feedback from the Master plan consultation. On each of the individual points in the questionnaire over 80% either fully or partly agreeing with proposals. Overall, just over 50% agreed that the master plan met all of the objectives.
There were also many comments on Question 13 on both in support for and how a City farm could be set-up and managed on a day-to-day basis. Attention was also drawn to the practical issues e.g. compatibility with wildlife, smells, conflict with the Folk Festival, the amounts of visitors – especially driving to the site – and so forth which would have to be overcome in order to make such a proposal work. It should be noted that there were also quite a number of responses strongly against the City Farm concept.
Phil Back will submit a full report of the consultation in the next few days.
There were then a few updates on maintenance issues around duck pond feeding, fallen trees, litter/dog bins, holes in wooded area and damage repair since festivals.
There was a report from our stall at the Folk Fetsival: We have 77 new members from the weekend, some from far-afield including Ullapool, Preston, Cornwall and the Netherlands. We distributed a lot of leaflets, and also a lot of stickers.Bob Daines: It was valuable having the stall and we are very grateful to the City Council. Manning the stall was left to too few people and arrangements were too addhoc.Next year we will need to be better organised with more volunteers.
The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 17 November, at 7.30 pm, at theBaptist Church Centre, Fisher’s Lane, Cherry Hinton. Please bring along a raffleprize!