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susan

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Re: Goal posts
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2014, 10:51:49 AM »
Hi ClairE

I have to agree with Eco Warrior and KeithM

If you come on for the first time in ages all guns blazing it gives the impression that you feel attack is the best form of defense. There have been one or two posters who have questioned what the Friends of Diglis Fields have done with the funds and given that there has been no transparency by the committee ( no accounts published, no information on how the money has been spent and certainly no photographs or other information regarding the activity of the committee, I fully understand why one or two people would post as they have ).

Would you please post the state of play regarding how many members of the committee there are now, and there nick names? For insistence I had no idea that the treasurer had decided to leave, until it was published on here, I have no idea who the committee members are and I certainly have no idea on any future plans the Friends of Diglis Fields have for the year ahead.

The committee has never posted any minutes of any meetings you have had or even posted information concerning the interaction between yourselves and the Greener and Cleaner Department.

All in all I would give full marks for all the work that the group has put in but I'm afraid that you have not been keeping all interested parties up to speed. It seems odd that you want members of this site to contact you using their PM facilities so that you can conduct future proceedings without letting the rest of the residents know what's going on.

I know you published a newsletter but again there wasn't a mention of how the money was spent, ie: how much did the benches cost, how much did the printing cost that was referred to by christopher, how much is left in the coffers.

Stuff like that people need to know or they might jump to the wrong conclusions as it may have happened in this case, who knows?

So as Eco Warrior said please don't spit out your dummy and do please be more transparent with your supporters, after all I have donated money in the past to the cause  :).

Kreed

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Re: Goal posts
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2014, 01:22:19 PM »
I haven't posted on this forum since Jan when I had to under go some medical treatment. I was in the process of trying to get 'village green status' for the Diglis fields but had to give up. I have now been given the all clear and I have been keeping myself updated on events.

I also contributed a lot of money to the Friends of Diglis Fields via their PayPal button. I would like to see the accounts and how the money has been spent. It is not unreasonable to know how one's contribution
was used is it?

mary

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Re: Goal posts
« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2014, 06:12:17 PM »
I went past the fields today and took some photo's of the football pitch near the model railway. When the Worcester City Parks and Recreation Department made the decision to re-erect the goal posts they did not consider that the new children's play area is only a few feet away from the goal area!

They obviously didn't come and inspect the work or they would have spotted the mistake.

Unless they remove the football pitch or the children's play area there will be a serious accident when the inevitable ball hits a small child playing in the children's play area.










Cllr Lynn Denham

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Diglis Playing Fields Consultation
« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2014, 10:17:03 AM »
Last night, 30th September, I asked a question at Worcester City Council full public meeting as to why the results of the consultation re the Diglis Fields Improvement Project had not been published.  I know many people are interested in the results and a number of us spent a great deal of time encouraging wide community participation in this.  The Cabinet Member for Cleaner and Greener, after a somewhat lengthy response, finally said that it was OK for me to 'share the data'.

146 people completed the survey which is good.  The results have been analysed to give an overall satisfaction rating for each of the proposed improvement options.  The most popular (93% satisfaction) was 'areas identified as wildflower meadows & for additional trees'.  This was closely followed by 'proposed circular walks on the nature reserve' (92.2% satisfaction).  The only concept which had less than majority support was 'proposed car park allocation along Waverly St' which only had a 44.9 satisfaction rating with, 37 people saying they were very dissatisfied with the idea. 

There is not space on here for me to type up the full data.  I presume the City Council will share the results at some point.  I believe that a proposal for the next stage of the Diglis Fields Improvement may be considered by Cabinet on 28th October. 

I also took the opportunity to ask the Cabinet Member last night if there was any truth in the rumour that had been posted on diglis.com about the current Conservative administration 'doing a deal' to impose their own priorities for the project.  He said that there had been no such deal.

Eco Warrior

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Re: Diglis Playing Fields Consultation
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Re: Goal posts
« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2014, 07:12:35 PM »
Hi everyone,
Thanks again for your patience.  As Councillor Lynn Denham has posted, the public response to the concept plans was very positive and so there are no changes proposed.  The only element we have been reviewing over the last month is the amount and location of car parking provision.  Discussions with the Canals and Rivers Trust are on going regarding the possibility of providing a public car park off Navigation Road.

We are now working with our County property service colleagues in order to map out the project into phases with associated costs and aligning these with the 106 agreements.  This will form the basis of a report to cabinet on 6th December.  At the same time landscape architects have been appointed to detail each of the elements.

As drawings and information becomes available we will actively promote the information, as we are aware of everyones excitement and interest in this project.

Thanks for your support to date.
regards
Warwick Neale
Worcester City Council

susan

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Re: Goal posts
« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2014, 05:32:37 PM »
Thanks to diglis.com the posts in this thread, with help from Cllr. Denham, raised concerns that the money ear marked for the Diglis fields improvements were being diverted, has reached the new administration ( Andy Roberts) of the cleaner and greener department for Worcester City Council. Cllr. Denham raised it in a council session and it made it to the Worcester News who asked the cleaner and greener if the concerns of the residents were true or not true.

Andy Roberts reply was that 'he had no idea where the rumours had come from', a meaningless reply because he must have known that it came from this site from concerned residents. He also added the following: 'A project plan has yet to be finalised'.

So although he denied that he didn't know where the rumours came from he has informed us that he hasn't made his mind up where the money is going to be spent. The old Labour cabinet had backed a plan to improve fields with new fencing, paths, outdoor gym equipment, transforming the football pitch near the model railway into a play area, and much more that the residents wanted when asked in the multipal questionnaire consultations (which must have cost a fortune in its self). Andy Roberts can and may ignore the residents and put his own plans into operation.

I thank the diglis.com website which has given the Diglis residents and businesses a place to voice / air their opinions, fears and raise awareness to problems that concern them / us that we wish to ask.

Considering that Andy Roberts first act of putting back the goal posts of the first football pitch, ignoring the new proposed play area which the residents of Diglis wanted does not bode well and we may still end up with his new proposals.

I feel that as no other group has not bothered with badgering the cleaner and greener department into action at least diglis.com is still here for us all.

I fear the worst but hope for the best.

mary

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Re: Goal posts
« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2014, 01:42:48 PM »
Yes -  I also noticed that Andy Roberts reply of  'A project plan has yet to be finalised', which to me sounds like he wants to alter some aspects of the consultation results, and putting back the football pitch so near the new children's playground doesn't reassure me that his department will do as the diglis residents said they wanted when presented with the consultation papers to fill in!

Also, I have to agree with the other poster that that particular football pitch is far to near the new play ground.

What does Andy Roberts need to happen before realises they have made a massive mistake putting the pitch so near the children's playground, a hard football slammed right into a child's face???

And the other groups have completely missed this point.