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Minutes of Core Group Meeting
6th August 2009

Present: Joan Clayton (Acting Chair), Mervyn Clayton, Adam & Carol Bull, Mike Betteridge.

  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of the Meeting Held 29th June 2009
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Correspondence
  1. Action Mornings
  2. AOB
  3. Dates of Next Meetings

1. Apologies for Absence

Martin Calvert, Adrian Coltman, Peter Foulston, Paul Ellis.

2. Minutes of the Meeting Held 29th June 2009

Agreed as a true record.

3. Matters Arising

  • Colton Gardens Walk
    Mike took 16 people on a walk around the woods with Joan and Mervyn assisting. They also opened up the Bath House. The walk was very well received, 2 bird boxes were sold and some donations received.
  • St Matthew's Summer Fair
    Adam, Carol and Mike sold FGVW merchandise and talked to visitors about the work done by the Group in the woods at St Matthew's Summer Fair on 1 August. The Group donated £10 for attending and raised £126.
  • Oakwood Farmers Market
    Adam, Carol, Joan and Mervyn sold FGVW merchandise and talked to visitors about the work done by the Group in the woods at the Oakwood Farmers Market on 18 July. The Group raised £186.75.

4. Correspondence

Minutes were received from the Gledhow Conservation Area Group meeting on 22 June.

An e-mail was received from Joe Smallman regarding the lake. Martin had written to Joe concerning the volume of silt in the lake and asking about dredging. The e-mail stated that it was not necessary as the lake still achieved its "attenuation function", the water was not being adversely affected, and the cost to dredge the lake would be £100,000. He stated that debris and litter were removed frequently from the lake.

The Group were asked to come up with suggestions as to what else could be done to help improve the appearance of the lake. Current suggestions include gathering photos of how the lake has looked in the past and contacting Councillor Carter to see if there is any funding available.

A local resident whose house and garden overlook the woods has approached the Group asking if they could build some steps leading from her garden into the woods. The Group approached Leeds City Council regarding this and has received a letter confirming that this is not permissible. Parks & Countryside has rejected the proposal on the basis that they would then be responsible for the steps and any liabilities arising from them (as the steps would be on their land), that this would not be an official public access or entry point into a public area, and that it could encourage anti-social behaviour.

5. Action Mornings

Next Action Mornings

  • Saturday 8th August
    There is a bench to install, the duck feeding station area needs some repair work doing to it. Also, running water is creating gullys through the woods so some work needs to be done to divert the water. It is also the right time of year to do some Balsam bashing, depending on numbers. There are some flowers to plant and seeds to collect if any children volunteer. Volunteers to meet at the old car park on Gledhow Valley Road opposite Gledhow Park Drive.
  • Sunday 6th September
    The Bath House will be cleared in time for the Open Heritage Day on 13th September.
  • Sunday 11th October
  • Sunday 15th November
  • Sunday 13th December

6. AOB

  • Three Hulats
    The Three Hulats pub on Harrogate Road has invited the Group to have a stall at one of the Farmers Markets that takes place on the last Sunday of each month. The Group agreed to attend on 29th November.
  • Heritage Open Day
    The timing of the Open Heritage Day to be agreed. There was some confusion as to whether it was 12-4pm or 1-5pm.

7. Dates of Next Meetings

  • Action Morning - Sat 8 Aug 2009
  • Core Group Meeting - Thu 3 Sep 2009 (Gledhow Sports & Social Club)
  • Action Morning - Sun 6 Sep 2009
  • Open Heritage Day - Sun 13 Sep 2009 (12-4pm)
  • Action Morning - Sun 11 Oct 2009
  • Action Morning - Sun 15 Nov 2009
  • Action Morning - Sun 13 Dec 2009
  • FunDay 2010 - Sat 12 Jun 2010

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