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Woodborough Parish Council has discussed the possibility of removing some of the trees in Governors' Field that are growing adjacent to Main Street. Because Governors' Field is such an important focal point within the village, the Council felt that it was important to seek wider village involvement before any decision was made.
 
If, following consultation, the decision is taken to remove any trees, planning consent would be needed before any tree removal could take place, and work would be scheduled outside the bird-nesting season.

Last winter remedial safety work was undertaken on the trees in Governors' Field, following a survey undertaken by Nottinghamshire County Council’s tree officer.  The trees which border Main Street have grown to such a size that their crowns are meeting, and this will increase maintenance requirements.  When in leaf, the trees now form a significant barrier from Main Street. Whilst they make the Governors' Field more enclosed, the openness of the Field from Main Street is becoming lost.  An excess of leaves from these trees make the Governors' Field increasingly untidy in the autumn months.  

The Parish Council seeks your views on a proposal to remove every other tree (removing the weaker specimens as identified in the tree officer's survey) . This would allow the Field to remain sheltered, yet also allow it to become more visible from the Main Street and better for occasions such as firework displays.  Unfortunately the existing trees (Norway Maple) are not ideally suited to regular trimming, as this only tends to encourage uncharacteristic branching. Removing alternate trees and leaving the better specimens would encourage the ones left behind to grow taller, and also allow them to structure better.  
 
Please take part in our short online survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/M6W7JHV

After 4 months the Governors' Field and its play area re-open on July 24th. Its core opening hours will be from midday to 6pm, every day except Monday when it will be closed for safety checks, grasss cutting and other work.

You may find that the Governors' Field has re-opened earlier than midday on some days - this is because one of our wonderful helpers has cleaned the equipment early, and left the gate open for you to enjoy.

Like many other familiar places, the Governors' Field isn't quite the same as it was before Covid-19. We have removed certain pieces of equipment, erected signage limiting numbers and marked out places to wait. The key touch points in the park will be cleaned daily, but we are asking everyone to make sure they take extra responsibility for hygiene.

We are still keen to recruit volunteers to help us with the daily cleaning tasks and the unlocking/locking of the gate. If you can help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please enjoy the park and observe the new rules, so that we can all play our part in stopping the spread of Covid-19.

The Parish Council has received notification of an important consultation that has opened: 

Message from Greater Nottingham Planning Partnership

Dear Sir/Madam,

Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan – Growth Options Consultation

I am writing to you as you have registered with our joint consultation database so that we can let you know when we are preparing or updating planning policy documents.

Gedling Borough, Broxtowe Borough, Nottingham City and Rushcliffe Borough Councils are working together to prepare the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan, which will set out the Councils’ strategy for future development up to 2038.

The Strategic Plan will set out the key vision for development across the Greater Nottingham area up to 2038 building on the strengths of the existing Core Strategies, promoting sustainable development patterns and addressing climate change.

The first formal stage in preparing the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan is the Growth Options document.  This document includes a series of questions to establish the scope of the draft Strategic Plan which will be consulted on in 2021.

The Growth Options document does not include draft policies at this stage or identify how or where future development will take place.

More information on the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan can be found online at www.gnplan.org.uk and details of how comments can be made to the Growth Options document can be found online at https://gnplan.inconsult.uk/consult.ti/gnspgo/consultationHome.

The deadline for comments is Monday 14 September 2020.

If you have any queries or would like any additional information, please do not hesitate to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0115 876 4594.

Yours faithfully,

MGregory
Matt Gregory
On behalf of the Greater Nottingham Planning Partnership

Governors’ Field future re-opening

The Prime Minister surprised Parish Councils with an announcement on June 23rd that outdoor playgrounds could re-open on July 4th, providing it could be done so “safely” and the playgrounds could be made “Covid secure”. Prior to this, we were working with detailed guidance which recommended that all children’s playgrounds should remain closed at UK Government Covid Alert Level 3 (the UK’s current status).

On June 26th, detailed guidance appeared on the government website for owners and operators of playgrounds. The “new normal” has to include procedures to minimise risk of transmission of the virus. In the case of the Governors’ Field, this might include:

  • Limiting the number of users able to use the play area
  • Keeping users 1m+ apart during play
  • Asking that only 1 family member can accompany each child
  • Limiting the number of seats on equipment to promote social distancing
  • Marking out queuing and waiting areas
  • Cleaning of high traffic touch points
  • Asking parents/carers to clean equipment where there are clear touch points – eg see saws, swing rockers

Please bear with us while we undertake a risk assessment and plan how we will operate. We also have some maintenance and cleaning tasks to undertake before we can open.

We will need volunteers to help to operate the playground once open, eg to clean the equipment.

If you are able to help, please contact Averil (Clerk to the PC): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We were sad to receive a letter of resignation from Cllr Patrick Smith. Patrick has made a significant contribution to the PC since joining, particularly in planning matters. During the development of the Local Planning Document - Gedling's roadmap for development and house building across the borough - Patrick  devoted many hours to scouring the documentation and attending meetings to make sure that Woodborough's best interests were represented. His attention to detail and expertise will be much missed.  

A vacancy now exists and we will follow the procedure required by the Local Government Act 1972. Please note that if an election is needed, that election will take place in May 2021 in accordance with coronavirus regulations.

Details can be found on the Vacancy Notice.

Following 2 resignations, we have 2 vacancies on the Council.

Parishioners have an opportunity to request an election to one post - see Vacancy Notice.

One post has been notified in accordance with due process, no requests for an election have been received, and the PC wishes to fill the vacancy by co-option.

Anyone interested in becoming a Parish Councillor should write to Averil Marczak (the Clerk) by 28th August 2020 expressing their reasons for wishing to join the Council.

Candidates will be invited to the meeting of the PC on 7th September at 7pm, to speak briefly about their interest in the role and their skills and experience.

Write to:

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or

4 Knighton Rd, Woodthorpe, Nottingham NG5 4FL

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