Mince pies and meet up December 2017

Friends of Charlton Park had a free flow of ideas at its brainstorming session. An event open to all and held st Charlton House. The aim was to find out the views of park users, assess priorities for the Friends group for a future workplan.

The attendees were asked to identify their priorities based on four themes; sport, leisure, biodiversity and community. Discussions were lively and can be summed with three priorities for each category – with additional ideas and activities that were raised.

Charlton Park – a great sporting venue facilitated by Stuart Hopper

1- Poor Lighting – with improvement needed across the park for runners, in the gym and skateboard area and throughout the park as a whole– with suggestions around flood lighting for the gym and skate park and/ or solar lighting sunk into paths for runners and walkers.

2- Pot holes – it is noted that pot holes don’t just affect runners but also those with push chair, mobility impairment and on pathways. The disrepair of the surface on small basketball court was hazardous and for those who do circuits at the outside gym.

3- Pathways – the pathways in the park can be crowded and force the footfall along a central walkway – consideration should be given to installing a perimeter path way for multi purpose use.

Other issues raised;

Ping pong table is too exposed to the elements and should be repositioned.

Additional sporting facilities aimed at the older population and women (it was noted that the clear sightlines in the park made it feel safe).

More information about how to arrange actives.

Outdoor lockers near the gym/ toilets. Coupled with bring the changing room into use.

Increase footfall in the evenings as a sporting facility.

Build a cricket pavilion – with picnic space.

The Friends of Charlton Park had a free flow of ideas at its brainstorming session. The aim was to find out the views of park users, assess priorities for the Friends group for a future workplan.

The attendees were asked to identify their priorities based on four themes; sport, leisure, biodiversity and community. Discussions were lively and can be summed with three priorities for each category – with additional ideas and activities that were raised.

Charlton Park – a great sporting venue facilitated by Stuart Hopper

1- Poor Lighting – with improvement needed across the park for runners, in the gym and skateboard area and throughout the park as a whole– with suggestions around flood lighting for the gym and skate park and/ or solar lighting sunk into paths for runners and walkers.

2- Pot holes – it is noted that pot holes don’t just affect runners but also those with push chair, mobility impairment and on pathways. The disrepair of the surface on small basketball court was hazardous and for those who do circuits at the outside gym.

3- Pathways – the pathways in the park can be crowded and force the footfall along a central walkway – consideration should be given to installing a perimeter path way for multi purpose use.

Other issues raised;

Ping pong table is too exposed to the elements and should be repositioned.

Additional sporting facilities aimed at the older population and women (it was noted that the clear sightlines in the park made it feel safe).

More information about how to arrange actives.

Outdoor lockers near the gym/ toilets. Coupled with bring the changing room into use.

Increase footfall in the evenings as a sporting facility.

Build a cricket pavilion – with picnic space.

Charlton park – building an inclusive community facilitated by Andrew Donkin

1- Advertising and information sharing – installing notice boards and with advertising of events and activities that are happening in the park.

2- Support the infrastructure for – community events like live music, park runs, Parkfest and promoting community groups based in the park already (GFM community day, Charlton House’s Hornfayre, BRBC Cake off, RDA Thanksgiving.

3- Stakeholder engagement – Ensure local voluntary organisation are part of the Friends groups.

Other issues raised

Seed and plant swapping and diversification

Charlton Park – a leisure destination facilitated by Trish Anderson

1- Playground area – should be massively improved including older kids equipment like Danson park including zip wire, splash park and SEND play area.

2- Park furniture – more bins and picnic benches (facing the right way).

3- Dog walkers – Improving area with paths clear demarcation of where they can go and fencing, clear and consistent signage.

Other issues raised

Think about access to the park and road crossings outside the park and unobstructed access to the park from the pavement on; Cemetery Lane entrance , open the gate on the corner and ensure crossing as routeway from hospital, and again as a routeway from the Lido.

Ensure the Heritage Lottery Charlton House redevelopment includes a right of way and path from road to park entrance by the Mulberry Tree clearly signposted and separate from cars.

Picnic area away from the Play Area for a little peace and quiet.

Clear and fenced demarcation of cricket area with path around.

Solar lights on pathways.

Signage in park to include bus stop exits.

Zebra lights, parking charge system.

Car park redesign and entrance – clear signage not to stop and smoke obstructing car entrance.

Charlton Park – Rich in biodiversity facilitated by Ashley Marsh

1) Increase in insect and animals – bird feeders, bug houses, bat boxes, nesting boxes.

2) Increase plant life – refresh the herbaceous borders, bulb planting low growing meadow flowers, weeds, hedgerows

3) Green chain walk signage and publicity of our wildlife

Other issues raised

No single dose insecticide policy in the park and cemetery and Charlton House

Facilitate wildlife events including RSPB sleepover

Working with Charlton Community Gardens

Charlton park – building an inclusive community facilitated by Andrew Donkin

1- Advertising and information sharing – installing notice boards and with advertising of events and activities that are happening in the park.

2- Support the infrastructure for – community events like live music, park runs, Parkfest and promoting community groups based in the park already (GFM community day, Charlton House’s Hornfayre, BRBC Cake off, RDA Thanksgiving.

3- Stakeholder engagement – Ensure local voluntary organisation are part of the Friends groups.

Other issues raised

Seed and plant swapping and diversification

Charlton Park – a leisure destination facilitated by Trish Anderson

1- Playground area – should be massively improved including older kids equipment like Danson park including zip wire, splash park and SEND play area.

2- Park furniture – more bins and picnic benches (facing the right way).

3- Dog walkers – Improving area with paths clear demarcation of where they can go and fencing, clear and consistent signage.

Other issues raised

Think about access to the park and road crossings outside the park and unobstructed access to the park from the pavement on; Cemetery Lane entrance , open the gate on the corner and ensure crossing as routeway from hospital, and again as a routeway from the Lido.

Ensure the Heritage Lottery Charlton House redevelopment includes a right of way and path from road to park entrance by the Mulberry Tree clearly signposted and separate from cars.

Picnic area away from the Play Area for a little peace and quiet.

Clear and fenced demarcation of cricket area with path around.

Solar lights on pathways.

Signage in park to include bus stop exits.

Zebra lights, parking charge system.

Car park redesign and entrance – clear signage not to stop and smoke obstructing car entrance.

Charlton Park – Rich in biodiversity facilitated by Ashley Marsh

1) Increase in insect and animals – bird feeders, bug houses, bat boxes, nesting boxes.

2) Increase plant life – refresh the herbaceous borders, bulb planting low growing meadow flowers, weeds, hedgerows

3) Green chain walk signage and publicity of our wildlife

Other issues raised

No single dose insecticide policy in the park and cemetery and Charlton House

Facilitate wildlife events including RSPB sleepover

Working with Charlton Community Gardens

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