First public meeting February 2016
Do you remember how it all started? Alison and Jill organised a public meeting in St John’s Church on Oakdale Road. David Wakelin, one of two directors at Gedling Borough Council, and Melvyn Cryer, Service Manager of Parks and Street Care, addressed the packed out church. Councillors Paul Wilkinson and Nicki Brooks also attended. See the article from the Post for more details and a photo.
Here is Jill’s report on the meeting which she first posted to the Facebook group ‘Save Onchan Park’ in February 2016:
Big thanks for everyone’s support so far. Another big shout out to everyone who attended the meeting on this wet and windy evening.
David Wakelin – corporate director from G. B.C
Melvyn Cryer – parks and street care
Nikki Brooks and Paul Wilkinson – councillors
We had a few reporter in and about 60 + community members.
The meeting went really well and I feel we now have better understanding of where we are and what we need to do next.
Lots of great questions were asked, some of the answers were a little ambiguous .
It looks like we have a lot of work to do in the next few months.
Basically there is no budget for the council to improve or maintain the park as it is.
The council are going back to look at the options for the future of Onchan park.
The community will be involved in any decision the council make.
It looks like we have several months to organise a ‘friends of Onchan park group’. The formation of this group would have access to extra funding that the council do not have access to. Gedling county park did exactly the same to regenerate the country park that opened last year.
Alison and myself will be organising this over the next few weeks. Thank you to all of you who have already offered to help already. It is appreciated.
Those of you who have already sent ideas and suggestions we will be in touch.
Watch this space! 😊😊😊😊
We have achieved so much already, but we still have a long way to go.