Vale Park Development Plan

The Wirral Borough Council Development Plan for Vale Park.

1. Summary

2. Site Details

3. A Brief History

4. Management Strategy and objectives

 

Introduction to Wirral

Wirral is a peninsula of 60.35 square miles situated on the North West Coast, bounded by the Cheshire plain, the Dee Estuary, the River Mersey and the Irish Sea. It has a population of 326,620.

Wirral is one of five Metropolitan Boroughs of Merseyside, the Borough is divided into 49 'townships' the principle being Birkenhead. The Council was formed in 1974 following local government re-organisation. Sixty-six elected members represent twenty two political wards.

Wirral Borough Council has established eight key corporate objectives (see Appendix 3).

The Department of Education and Cultural Services is committed to ensuring that we successfully provide, high quality, effective, efficient and best value services in all areas of the Departments work and thus deliver the Departments mission:

"To develop potential, promote well being and reduce social exclusion."

The Department attracts over nine million visits to the wide range of leisure activities and facilities it is responsible for in Wirral, spread across the following major services, Parks & Open Spaces, Libraries & Cultural Services, Tourism, Sport & Recreation and Community Services.

Parks & Open Spaces Section

Managing and maintaining 1,240 hectares of parks and open spaces on 268 sites, 1,758 allotments, approx. 20 miles of coastline, 112 outdoor sports pitches and 79 playgrounds as well as providing a comprehensive ranger service, beach lifeguard service and maintaining four municipal golf courses.

The operational grounds maintenance service in Wirral is undertaken by the Departments 'in-house' grounds maintenance division which achieved national quality accreditation to standard ISO 9002 during 1994.

1. Summary

This Development Plan is divided into sections for clarity.

Section 2 covers information about the site including designation, location, tenure and access.

Section 3 outlines a brief history of the site charting its passage into the public domain.

Section 4 states the proposed management strategy for the site embracing the key criteria set by Civic Trust for their Green Flag Award. It includes the objectives for the future to ensure the sites continuity as a community and environmental asset.

Appendices supporting Sections 2 and 4 consist of a location plan, aerial photograph and a table of the Departments aims to meet WMBC's corporate objectives and a copy of the Authorities Environmental Management Policy and also the Departments Safety Policy.

Appendix 6 displays the complete annual scheduled grounds maintenance programme for the park.

2. Vale Park - Site Details

Location:

Vale Park occupies a sloping site of some 3.97 hectares situated in the New Brighton ward of Wallasey in North East Wirral. The park's eastern boundary abuts the coastal promenade of the south bank of the River Mersey.

The park is located in a residential area with a surrounding population of approx. 20,000 people within a 1 mile radius.

Tenure:

Vale Park is owned by the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral's Department of Education & Cultural Services and is managed by the Parks and Open Spaces Section, contact telephone no. 0151 666 2121, e-mail : educ@wirral-education.org.uk.

Vale House Community Centre (located within the park) is managed by the Community Services Section of the department. A full time community worker based at the house is supported by a committee of volunteers, contact telephone no. 0151 639 1386.

Access:

The park is close to the centre of the townships of Liscard and neighbouring resort of New Brighton. A bus route operates close to the park and provides a nearby stop situated on Seabank Road close to the junction with Magazine Lane. The recently completed section of the 'Millennium Trail Cycleway' passes directly in front of the parks promenade entrance. The cycleway extends along the full length of the riverside promenade linking New Brighton to Seacombe ferry (the location of the terminal from where the world famous Mersey ferries operate between Liverpool and Wallasey).

Other entrances into the park are located on Magazine Lane (2no) and Woodland Drive (2no).

The park has a small car park, popular with families using the children's play area.

In addition a small car park area serves Vale House where parking preference is offered to visitors with mobility difficulties.

3. Vale Park - A Brief History

In 1830 the area of land now occupied by Vale Park was formerly an estate called Liscard Vale this being the origin of the park's name. The estate was later divided, with the second estate being named The Woodlands, now recalled by Woodland Drive, the Road situated at the park's Western boundary.

In 1898, at a cost of £7,750, both estates were purchased by Wallasey Urban District Council, with the intention of providing a ‘lung' or breathing space for an increasing population. The combined grounds opened as Vale Park on 20th May 1899.

Vale House built c. 1830 was originally a family home possibly belonging to a Cotton broker and was later extended. The family of Charles Holland, a Liverpool businessman and Wirral JP, lived here for over 50 years. Charles Holland travelled widely, returning with Botanical specimens and many of the trees now gracing the park were planted by his gardeners.

For much of the 20th century Vale House accommodated the park staff, though it lay disused for some years The Friends of Vale Park encouraged the council to restore it.

It opened as a community centre in 1993.

William Grinsell Burston was the first Head Gardener of Vale Park, though his title was Curator, perhaps reflecting the knowledge and expertise of someone in this position at the end of 19th century. He came to Liscard Vale as Head Gardener in 1890. When the estate was taken over by the council; ‘W.G' (as he was always known) stayed on and became Curator to the new Vale Park. Most of the laying out of the park, arranging the flower beds and paths, etc was undertaken by him. He was considered to be an expert Botanist, and spent many hours sorting seeds and discussing rare plants with specialists from Liverpool museum. W.G. died at Vale (Park) House in 1918.

Ernest Burston, W.G's youngest son worked as a Vale Park gardener between 1918 and 1946 living with his wife in Vale House which had been converted into two flats following his father's death.

In 1926 a Doric-columned bandstand was constructed and played host to brass band concerts as it continues to do so to this day.

The children's show 'Joytime' originally ran by Norman Trafford and his wife Dorothy Carr ran at the bandstand for 45 years. She was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1992 for her work with the show. ‘Auntie Dot' continued until 1997, she died in 1998.

A children's show still takes place at the bandstand during the summer months, organised by a voluntary committee.

Following Local Government re-organisation in 1974 responsibility for the park transferred from Wallasey Corporation to the unifying Authority, ‘Wirral Borough Council' under the Department of Leisure Services and Tourism ‘Outdoor Recreation Division'. Further re-organisation in 2001 saw the Leisure Services Department merge with the Department of Education to form the new Department of Education & Cultural Services. The Parks and Open Spaces Section of Cultural Services today manage Vale Park.

4. Management Strategy

The following section aims to set out the management strategy for Vale Park utilising the Green Flag Award scheme's eight key criteria.

The existing management of the park is described under these eight headings. The main management objectives, relevant to each of the criteria are identified at the conclusion of each section.

Section 4.8 “Management” describes in more detail all the main objectives, the proposed timing of implementation is displayed in table format.

 

4.1 A Welcoming Park

There are five entrance points into the park, these are located on Woodland Drive, Magazine Lane (2 no), Vaughan Road and Magazines Promenade.

A distinctive sign indicating the park is prominent from Seabank Road at the junction with Magazine Lane. A large sign is apparent at the bottom of Vale Drive situated within the park's western perimeter, a corresponding sign is located adjacent to the promenade entrance on the eastern boundary. A further sign indicating the cafe (which is situated within Vale House) is attached to one of the sandstone gate piers marking this entrance.

A large information panel is positioned on the promenade adjacent to the park entrance; this displays historical detail and lists some of the park's facilities, the plan of the wider New Brighton area serves to pinpoint the viewer's position.

A large notice board prominent from the promenade entrance located near to the Bandstand is kept regularly updated by members of the park's Friends Group and contains information regarding the park's history, seasonal events programme and details of activities within Vale House. Another notice board is located adjacent to the entrance into Vale House.

The park's main pedestrian entrance is located at the junction of Woodland Drive and Magazine Lane.

A small car parking area is accessed from Woodland Drive. A scheme is proposed to improve the vehicle entrance and the car park area, which will include resurfacing, provision of designated disabled parking bays and cycle stands together with appropriate planting.

Bollards have been installed at the three entrances along Magazine Lane in order to avoid conflict between vehicles and pedestrians at these access points and to limit unauthorised vehicle movement within the park.

Sandstone walling extends along the park's southern perimeter, presenting an appealing boundary.

The green and wooded aspect together with appealing glimpses of the River Mersey make approach into the park from the western entrances particularly inviting, whilst the displays of annual bedding and the white dome of the bandstand catch the eye and attract passers-by into the park from the promenade.

The Department has produced a series of informative leaflets ‘Discovering Wirral's Parks', the leaflet for Vale Park is available free to visitors on arrival at the reception area in Vale House. A plan indicating the layout of the Park is illustrated in the leaflet, together with information regarding the history and flora and fauna of the park.

A cafe is located on the ground floor of Vale House and offers teas, coffee, snacks, ice cream and a reasonably priced lunchtime menu (including a 3-course Sunday lunch), outside tables are available on the patio terrace overlooking the displays of annual bedding.

A customer survey of Parks and Open Spaces carried out in 1999 by Merseyside Information Services revealed 92.5% of respondents who most regularly visited Vale Park agreed that ‘there is easy access to the park for pushchairs, prams, wheelchairs etc'.

Objectives:
  1. Carry out improvement to Woodland Drive vehicle entrance and resurface/ landscape car park area incorporating disabled parking and cycle stands.

 

4.2 Healthy, Safe and Secure

The park benefits from the full time presence of a site based gardener. This helps to instil a sense of security for users and promotes a positive effect with regard to any potential for misuse or anti-social behaviour.

The park is designated a 'canine faeces removal area' with signage indicating ‘clean it up' at all entrance points. Wirral Borough Council launched a high profile campaign ‘Dog Watch' during 1999 which has led to considerable improvement Borough wide and which is reflected in the attention paid to removal by dog walkers who use the park. The children's play area is designated a ‘dog free area' the perimeter of which is enclosed and is entered through a self-closing gate.

Wirral Borough Council operate a 24 hour Community Patrol force, established to provide a response to any concern notified to them regarding anti-social behaviour occurring within Council owned sites. Local residents and users of the park are able to contact the patrol to alert them when any unacceptable activity is apparent.

A CCTV camera has been installed in the park adjacent to the Promenade boundary in order to monitor activity in the vicinity. The camera has a 360 degree capability and can be used for the surveillance of the entire lower part of the Park.

Wirral have a written and up to date Health and Safety Policy (see appendix 5).

The Department has a designated fire officer with responsibility for ensuring all the Departments premises conform to current fire regulations. A fire evacuation procedure is in place for Vale House.

A system of annual “site safety” inspection to ascertain the condition of surfacing, boundary walling, trees, buildings etc is to be introduced during 2003. Any defects apparent to the footpath surfacing are noted for immediate repair in order to make safe.

Options are currently under consideration regarding the provision of the public toilets in the park. It is recognised that the existing facilities are dated and inadequate in terms of modern day standards regarding hygiene and comfort. Funding will need to be sourced to resolve this particular issue. Due to concerns regarding mis-use and vandalism of the toilets, it is currently necessary to keep them locked outside of normal working hours. Consequently this limits availability during weekends to those occasions only when events are hosted in the park.

Play equipment is surrounded by play grade bark and rubberised safety tiles to provide a safe environment.

The 1999 survey, referred to previously, indicated 80% of respondents agreed that

‘the park provides a safe environment for them'.

Objectives
  1. Continuation of a full time park based gardener.
  2. Introduce “site safety Inspection Procedure.
  3. Undertake study of options re. public toilet provision, source funding and implement as a priority action.

 

4.3 Well Maintained and Clean

Daily scheduled operations (Mon. - Fri.) undertaken by the park based gardener include litter removal and the emptying of litterbins.

A full listing of all routine scheduled maintenance operations and their timings forms Appendix 6 in the rear of this document.

Following any community initiated events in the park (primarily those hosted in the bandstand area) the organisers are encouraged to ensure the site is left in a clean and tidy condition. Support is offered via the availability of bin bags, litterpicking sticks and gloves.

Wirral's policy regarding dog fouling is to encourage owners to take responsibility for their pets and to ‘clean it up' as widely publicised under the ‘Dog Watch' campaign referred to previously, the litter bins in the park are utilised by dog walkers for depositing removed faeces.

Scheduled maintenance operations ensure the park is well presented and that a high standard is achieved particular examples in this respect are seen in the quality of both the Rose Garden and the displays of annual bedding.

Due to the deterioration in condition of fencing to the boundary extending along the promenade frontage, replacement is scheduled to be phased over a two year period, (with renewal of approximately half the total length each year). Replacement of this fencing is currently included on the list for capital schemes for year 2003/2004.

The condition of the mature tree stock is appraised on an annual basis and any work then considered necessary is included in the winter season's Arboricultural programme.

The children's play area is visited on a daily basis (Mon.-Fri.). During these visits safety checks and inspection is carried out by the area swing fitter and records are retained to support the process, any defects are recorded and notified to the Parks development Officer. If possible the swing fitter will repair the defective item or take whatever action is required to remove it from use until repair can be undertaken.

Incidents of graffiti within the park are notified to the Authorities “Graffiti Squad” by the Parks development Officer. Graffiti of a racist or sexually offensive nature is responded to on a priority basis.

The small sand-surfaced soccer area is a popular and very well used by local youngsters.

Requests by members of the public for the provision of commemorative memorials within the park is now quite common. This takes the form of financial contributions towards the cost of tree and rose planting and also the purchase of bench seating. The provision of commemorative plaques to the base of trees is to be discontinued from 2004 due to over proliferation. The seat currently offered and considered the most appropriate in terms of design is the ‘Deeside Seat' manufactured by ‘Broxap and Corby', a commemorative plaque can be fitted to the back rail of the bench.

Objectives
  1. Replace 156m. Steel vertical bar fencing to park's promenade frontage, phased over 2 years, commencing 2003.

 

4.4 Sustainability

Metropolitan Borough of Wirral has an Environmental Policy (see appendix 5). By the year 2004 Wirral intend to achieve ISO14001 accreditation standard and to have Environmental Management Systems operational within all Council Departments.

The Environmental Management System Objectives, which have been based on the Corporate Environmental Management Policy, have been defined as follows:

To date the following progress has been towards achieving the defined objectives:

The Council's Local Agenda 21 Strategy development is determined by the Policy and Resources Committee. Senior Officers representing each of the departments have formed an LA21 Corporate Officer Group, to exchange information and initiate and monitor pilot schemes and progress towards our policy statements.

The Council's Local Agenda 21 Policy statements are:

Pesticide usage within the park is confined to the application of non-residual type Herbicide to control weed growth. The Department has looked to minimise pesticide usage and has eliminated ‘residual' type Herbicides from parks. This has had a beneficial effect in regards to the insect population, which forms a vital part of the natural food chain. The chain includes Sparrows, Blue Tits, Ladybirds and Lacewings, these are all natural predators of insect pests and other invertebrate animals within the park.

C.O.S.H.H. assessment records of all chemical based products used within the park form part of the Departments ISO 9002 Quality Assurance procedures. Pesticide records are retained at the district depot (Central Park). Chemical storage and usage within the park complies with the requirements of the current pesticide handling legislation.

Green waste from the Park is composted for re-use.

All tree ‘brash' resulting from Arboricultural work and cuttings arising from shrub pruning are chipped and subsequently utilised for mulching.

A trial potting compost with a reduced peat content is being undertaken for the production of the annual bedding requirements for Vale Park for summer 2003.

All annual bedding is produced in re-usable pots and containers, returned to the Departments nursery following usage to minimise wastage.

Timber used in the manufacture of the park seating is derived from sustainable sources.

Water and energy consumption is monitored at all of the Departments sites and where necessary modifications are made to minimise wastage and thereby achieve economies in usage in line with the Authorities Environmental Management Policy.

The Authority has recently completed the installation of the ‘Millennium Trail Cycle-way' in conjunction with Sustrans. This extends along the full length of the Wallasey Promenade and passes the entrance into Vale Park, thus providing visitors with an alternative means of transport to the site other than by motor vehicle.

The Park is well served by a frequent bus service which runs along Seabank Road with the nearest bus stop conveniently positioned a short walk from the Parks Woodland Drive entrance.

Objectives:
  1. Achieve ISO14001 and have Environmental Management system operational within the Department.
  2. Apply Principles of LA21 Policy in regard to the parks Management.
  3. Continue to minimise usage of Pesticide in the park.
  4. Trial reduced peat based compost used in bedding plant production.
  5. Continue to monitor consumption of Gas, Electricity and Water.

 

4.5 Conservation and Heritage

A successful application for funding in 1999 enabled restorative work to the Bandstand to be undertaken. Works included; waterproof treatment to the dome roof and rainwater channels, refurbishment of performers changing facility, re-laying of staging, exterior painting and re-cladding to the rear elevation to improve security of the structure.

During 1999 funding was also sought to replace the entire perimeter fencing of the bandstand site to both better secure and define the space as a performance/events area. This work coincided with the parks centenary celebrations, (the date of which is commemorated in steelwork topping the gate entrance into the area).

The sandstone gate piers at the promenade entrance contain stones commemorating the opening of the park in 1899.

An assessment will be undertaken to evaluate the vegetation within the park to include the existing tree and shrub stock. Particular consideration will be given to the introduction of planting to ensure a natural succession of appropriate diverse species.

Vale Park resides within a designated Conservation area. Features such as the boundary Sandstone walling are subject to the statuary conditions attached to Conservation status.

The property situated adjacent to Magazine Lane entrance known as ‘The Lodge' was sold by the Authority in November 1985. The owner is covenanted to repair and maintain those boundary walls which abut the property.

The ‘Coach House' was converted during the 1980's to provide mess room and tool storage for the park's gardener, at which time the first floor was altered to become office accommodation.

It is intended to Introduce an area of Cornfield Annuals within the park to increase diversity.

Objectives
  1. Continue to pursue funding sources as available to facilitate park improvement.
  2. Produce Landscape Management Plan.
  3. Conserve, landscape features, and improve as necessary.
  4. Establish wild flower area.

 

4.6 Community Involvement

Support is given by the Department to joint Management Committees in Community Centres”.

Metropolitan Borough of Wirral undertook a survey of Parks/Open Spaces during 1999, which was conducted by ‘Merseyside Information Services' with the intention of establishing customer's priorities for improvement and to ascertain their reasons for visiting the Park.

Vale House is managed by the Youth & Community Services Section of the Department. A full time community worker, supported by voluntary staff, form the Vale House joint management committee and co-ordinate a wide range of Adult Learning programmes and activities which are provided for the local and wider community.

An extended ‘day care' group of elderly people, supported by the Department of Social Services, is transported to the Community Centre for a weekly ‘lunch club' which takes place in the cafe, following which a range of social activities is participated in by the group.

The Centre also runs a children's playgroup (‘Vale Kids'), ‘out of school' club and ‘Breakfast Club', an open access Summer Playscheme is operated for 4 weeks during July/August.

Adult learning on offer at Vale House includes Information Technology, Complementary Therapies, Languages, Local History etc. Wirral Metropolitan College, under their ‘Access & Community Education' programme, offer a range of I.T training in the new ‘computer suite'. All courses are offered free to people on means tested benefits with half or full fee remission available for low income wage earners.

Vale Park benefits from an active friends group, regular meetings take place with officers from the Department and the group. A newsletter ‘Bandstand' is produced by the Friends and informs visitors of fund raising activities, event programme, historical information, proposed improvement works and even the occasional poem inspired by the park. The group has been very supportive and enthusiastic regarding the Authorities submissions for Green Flag status.

Musical events hosted at the Bandstand are generally organised by the Bandstand Entertainment Committee who are comprised of representatives from ‘Friends of Vale Park' and Vale House Joint Management Committee. The committee is run on an entirely voluntary basis.

A series of Brass Band concerts, which take place throughout the summer, are amongst those organised by the Committee. (Deck chairs are available for hire enabling visitors to appreciate concerts in comfort from the ‘Band lawn' .

The management of the Park cafe was also taken on by the Vale House joint management committee during 2002.

Children are entertained throughout the summer months with a programme of ‘Joytime' shows held on the Bandstand.

Outside agencies also promote Bandstand based events with the Department's co-operation. Recent years have featured a series of Rhythm and Blues concerts which take place during the summer months.

Fund raising by the Friends Group contributed considerably towards the cost of the restoration work undertaken to the Bandstand (as previously described). Seating and signage has also been provided thanks to the Friends support.

An excellent ‘Vale Park' internet web site has been established by Mr. Jim Woods, and can be accessed at www.myplace52.freeserve.co.uk (also linked via Wirral Borough Council's own web site). The site contains a wealth of information regarding the park and lists amongst it's pages historical articles, old postcards, centenary celebrations, summer events, E-mails about the park and links to other external sites concerning the local area.

The Bar-B-Q area can be booked by families through Vale House.

Objectives
  1. Continue support to user and facility management groups.

 

4.7 Marketing

Vale Park and Vale House Community Centre primarily serve the local Community of the area in which the park is situated. Providing a well used educational, cultural, social and recreational resource within the context of a delightful park setting.

The programme of activities on offer within the Community Centre are promoted via publicity material displayed, in for example, libraries and other community facilities also via advertisements in the local press. The park offers a broad range of interest under the categories identified above, aiming to find appeal to all members of the community,

As referred to, the Park is also promoted via a very informative Internet web site, compiled by a local user of the Park and can be linked via, Wirral Borough Council's own site www.wirral.gov.uk, which also contains the park's details.

A free, Vale Park information leaflet, in the series ‘Discovering Wirral's Parks', is available from the reception area of Vale House.

The ‘Friends Group' produce a newsletter raising the profile/awareness of issues concerning the park and is distributed within the local area.

‘The New Brighton Community Partnership' produces a regular newsletter ‘The Walrus', which is distributed locally, this provides information and raises awareness of issues affecting the area, including Vale Park. An on-line ‘magazine' version of ‘The Walrus' can be accessed via www.newbrightonwalrus.co.uk this similarly contains news and also raises the profile of Vale Park as well as providing a considerable amount of information regarding the New Brighton area.

The series of annually held Rhythm and Blues concerts are promoted by the organiser via widely circulated publicity material in the form of glossy flyers and posters together with advertisements in the local press.

It is recognised that increased usage of the park as an educational resource could be made. This could be aided by the introduction of an ‘information pack' circulated to Wallasey based schools.

The Vale House Joint Management Committee promote Vale House Café via the sponsorship of the playing strip of a local league junior football team, New Brighton Saints F.C, who have the café name emblazoned across the front of their shirts.

Objectives
  1. Continuation the promotion of the Park as a community resource.
  2. Introduce ‘Vale Park Information Pack' to Wallasey based School's.

 

4.8 Main Management Objectives:

4.1.1

Carryout modification to the Woodland Drive vehicle entrance to the park in order to improve access / exit and to better distinguish the entrance to visitors on arrival at the site. Undertake re-surfacing to the car park area with Asphalt or macadam and provide adequate vehicle parking for visitors with mobility difficulties via the surface marking of dedicated parking days. Provide cycle stands within the car park area. Incorporate appropriate planting within the area to enhance and soften the visual impact of the scheme.

 

4.1.2

Replace existing notice board situated to rear of the bandstand, as requested by ‘Friends', due to its deteriorating condition.

 

4.2.1

Introduce a ‘site safety' inspection procedure, to be undertaken on one occasion per year. A checklist will be used to identify any defects that present a safety problem for staff, users or residents who neighbour the site. Inspection will take into account surfacing, boundaries, buildings, furniture, soft landscape and trees.

 

4.2.2

Retain full time gardener in order to instil a sense of security, establish rapport with users and to promote a positive image in regard to the care and ownership of the park environment. Continue to respond quickly to the need for any remedial attention and to achieve a high standard in regard to horticultural maintenance and overall presentation of the park.

 

4.2.3

Demolish the existing two public toilet buildings and carryout landscaping in order to better integrate the area within the park. Introduce alternative public toilet provision into the ‘Coach House', which is an occupied building providing the benefits associated with having a staff presence.

 

4.3.1

Undertake replacement of fencing along the promenade frontage due to its deteriorating condition. Replacement to be phased over a two year period, approx. 80 Lin.m. per year.

4.4.1

Introduce Environmental Management System, to be operational within all Council Departments by 2004 in order to achieve the objectives as defined by the Authorities Corporate Environmental Management Policy (see appendix 4). System to gain ISO14001 accreditation.

 

4.4.2

Continue to apply the principles in accordance with the LA21 strategy and take regard for their inclusion and consideration where and when relevant to all aspects of park's management.

 

4.4.3

Continue to minimise pesticide usage within the park, utilising non-residual Glyphosphate based Herbicide only, application via C.D.A applicator. Confine use to areas of hard surfacing and borders of established shrub planting only. In all other instances cultural methods of weed control are to be employed such as hoeing and hand weeding.

 

4.4.4

A potting compost with a reduced peat content is to be trialled at the Department's Warrens Nurseries for the production of the parks Summer bedding plant requirement during 2003.

 

4.4.5

Parks & Open Spaces; inconjunction with Property Services Department will continue to monitor consumption of Water, Gas and Electricity at all Council sites including Vale Park in order to achieve further reduction in energy usage.

 

4.5.1

Continue to pursue funding sources as and when they become available, in order to implement capital works such as larger infrastructure improvements. Provide support to the parks ‘Friends' group in regards to those applications targeted towards monies intended to benefit community driven initiatives.

 

4.5.2

Produce a landscape management plan to serve the medium and long term future, evaluating the existing tree and shrub stock within the park. The plan will include a programme of woodland management and will make recommendations for removal of overly mature species together with the phased and progressive introduction of replacement planting. The objective is to ensure the perpetration of an appropriately diverse range of tree and shrub species planted at varying stages of development in order to achieve a succession in maturity rates. A process of consultation with members of the park's community will be required to fully discuss the proposed plan.

 

4.5.3

Continue to conserve and improve the existing landscape features of the park, such as annual replacement planting of the beds in the rose garden. Carryout seasonal programme of tree work prior to implementing woodland management plan. Undertake replacement planting of shrub beds as required. Plant trees donated by members of the public to supplement the existing stock. Perform seasonal improvement work to ornamental grass areas in the rose garden and those areas surrounding the annual borders.

 

4.5.4

Introduce an area of wildflowers such as Cornfield annuals to increase ecological diversity and interest. Sow at 5g/m2, (containing by number of seed) 15% Corncockle, 16% Cornflower, 14% Corn Marigold & 55% Corn Poppy.

 

4.6.1

Continue to support ‘The Friends of Vale Park' and the joint management Committee for Vale House Community Centre.

 

4.7.1

Continue to promote the park as a community resource via the availability of the Vale Park information leaflet and the ‘Bandstand' newsletter, produced by ‘The Friends' publicises events hosted in the park. Introduce information pack and circulate to local schools, promoting the park as an educational resource.

 

4.8 Management

This table displays the main management objectives identified for Vale Park and the proposed timing of implementation projected over the next 5 year period.

 

OBJECTIVES

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.1.1

Improve Woodland Drive entrance and car park area.

 

 

 

 

 

4.1.2

Replace Bandstand notice board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.2.1

Introduce “Site Safety” inspection Procedure

 

 

 

 

 

4.2.2

Retain full time gardener

4.2.3

Improve public toilet provision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.3.1

Replace fencing along promenade frontage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.4.1

Achieve ISO14001 accreditation for Environmental Management System

 

 

 

 

4.4.2

Apply Principles of LA21 in regards to the Management of the Park

4.4.3

Continue to minimise pesticide usage

 

 

 

 

4.4.4

Trial alternatives to peat based composts

 

 

 

 

 

4.4.5

Continue to monitor energy consumption

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.5.1

Pursue sources of funding for park improvement

 

 

 

 

 

4.5.2

Produce landscape management plan

 

 

 

 

 

4.5.3

Conserve and improve landscape features

 

 

 

 

 

4.5.4

Establish a wildflower area of Cornfield Annuals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.6.1

"Continue support of user and facility management groups"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.7.1

Continue promotion of park as a community resource

 

 

 

 

 

4.7.2

Introduce 'Vale Park Info. Pack' to local schools