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Re: Friends of Marple Memorial Park
« Reply #177 on: October 27, 2014, 05:11:39 PM »
The Friends of Marple Memorial Park web site has been updated with the minutes of the meeting held on 13 October 2014:

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/monthly-meetings.html
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Re: Friends of Marple Memorial Park
« Reply #176 on: October 20, 2014, 06:49:59 AM »
The Marple Memorial Park Skatepark Development Project page on the Friends of the Park web site has been updated with the latest news, which for convenience is also repeated below.

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/projects/skate-park-improvements.html

Skatepark Project Update 20 October 2014

Three calendar months have passed since the Marple Skatepark Project Team met with Skatepark Users and the council to score the three Skatepark design tenders received on 13 June. There was a very strong winner of the user group scoring process followed at the meeting on 17 July and this was also reflected in the consultation with users and the public at Marple Carnival on Saturday 21 June 2014. The remainder of the scoring process was concluded with Stockport Council on 28 July with the same tenderer being a clear winner on all fronts.

Since then we've been waiting for Stockport Council to complete their approval process so that we can start talking to the chosen tenderer, tweak his designs and get them ready for planning permission – the intent being that once we have planning permission we would submit a landfill trust grant application to try and win the balance of the money that we need to complete the project.

Unfortunately, at the moment Stockport Council seem unable to bring the approval process to a conclusion. The reason given for this is that the chosen tenderer is a relatively new company and therefore the council are seeking a parent company guarantee. This is not unusual but the council appears to be struggling to reach an agreement on it. It’s hard for us to understand why that would be as the chosen company is currently working on or recently completed seven other skateparks for six different local authorities across the country.

On 24 September we met with Ian Walmsley - the council's Greenspace Manager - and Councillor Martin Candler. Cllr Candler is Executive Member for Communities and Sustainability, which includes responsibility for all Stockport Parks and Green Spaces. It was explained that the delays are having a severe impact on the momentum of the project and we are very concerned about what we will have to do if this matter is not resolved soon in a way that allows us to move on with our plans. Cllr Candler agreed to investigate the issues and see if he can help to resolve them.

As we currently understand it, the council’s procurement and legal service providers are working to resolve the matter but we have no details of what the issues are and have been unable to obtain any indication of how much longer it will take.

We’ve held off making a formal update about the situation until now because we expected it to be resolved within a few weeks but are now in despair at the momentum that has been lost on the project and embarrassed at the delays.

We notified Skatepark Users who took part in the scoring process at the beginning of October and now feel it’s essential to tell other people taking an interest in the project what is happening too. We continue hoping that this issue will be resolved satisfactorily, allowing us to engage with the chosen contractor and move the project forward soon.

We will provide further updates when we have more news.
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Re: Friends of Marple Memorial Park
« Reply #175 on: September 18, 2014, 07:59:26 AM »
The Friends of Marple Memorial Park web site has been updated with the minutes of the meeting held on 8 September 2014:

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/monthly-meetings.html
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« Reply #174 on: September 14, 2014, 09:44:35 AM »
The Marple Memorial Park Skatepark Development Project page on the Friends of the Park web site has been updated with details of a second donation of £250 from Romiley and Marple Lions, taking their total contribution to the project to £500. It has also been updated with details of the money raised at the brilliant Marple Food and Drink Festival yesterday, which achieved a record breaking total of £864.

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/projects/skate-park-improvements.html

I'd like to thank all our volunteers who helped on the day and especially Micaela Wood, who does most of the leg-work and preparations for the Tombola, and her husband Terry. The Tombola raised £674 on its own, so of course a big thank you is also due to all of the Marple shops and businesses who contributed some amazing prizes.

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/local-sponsors.html
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Re: Friends of Marple Memorial Park
« Reply #173 on: August 31, 2014, 07:45:08 PM »
Is there anyway people could donate by credit card ..

Most certainly - anyone wishing to donate by credit or debit card can do so via our Local Giving page here:

https://localgiving.com/charity/fommp

UK Tax Payers can also donate Gift-Aid if they wish.
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« Reply #172 on: August 31, 2014, 07:23:38 PM »
The Marple Memorial Park Skatepark Development Project page on the Friends of the Park web site has been updated with details of the £380 proceeds of the Charity Fun Bike Ride last weekend, plus another donation of £50 from Recon Cycle Repairs. With these most recent contributions we are now just £326 short of our £20,000 Community Funding target. We'd like to get there by the end of November, which would be a fantastic achievement in just two years since we set the target and started raising Community Funds.

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/projects/skate-park-improvements.html
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« Reply #171 on: August 31, 2014, 08:24:39 AM »
The Marple Memorial Park Skatepark Development Project page on the Friends of the Park web site has been updated with details of the £380 proceeds of the Charity Fun Bike Ride last weekend, plus another donation of £50 from Recon Cycle Repairs. With these most recent contributions we are now just £326 short of our £20,000 Community Funding target. We'd like to get there by the end of November, which would be a fantastic achievement in just two years since we set the target and started raising Community Funds.

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/projects/skate-park-improvements.html
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« Reply #170 on: August 14, 2014, 03:35:13 PM »
The Friends of Marple Memorial Park web site has been updated with the minutes of the meeting held on 11 August 2014:

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/monthly-meetings.html
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« Reply #169 on: July 27, 2014, 07:29:12 AM »
The Marple Memorial Park Skatepark Development Project page on the Friends of the Park web site has been updated with details of a fantastic new grant award of £2,500 from Forever Manchester in partnership with the CDL Fund, which boosts our community fund raising to within £800 of our £20,000 target. Additionally, following our recent funding strategy setback caused by boundary changes, we've found an alternative potential source of landfill funding that our project does qualify for at the present time  ;D

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/projects/skate-park-improvements.html
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« Reply #168 on: July 17, 2014, 08:36:56 AM »
The Friends of Marple Memorial Park web site has been updated with the minutes of the meeting held on 14 July 2014 and the Skatepark meeting of 12 June 2014:

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/monthly-meetings.html
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« Reply #167 on: July 09, 2014, 09:02:25 AM »
The Friends of Marple Memorial Park web site has been updated with the minutes of the meeting held on 9 June 2014 and the Skatepark meeting of 8 May 2014:

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/monthly-meetings.html
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« Reply #166 on: June 23, 2014, 08:17:39 AM »
The Marple Memorial Park Skatepark Development Project page on the Friends of the Park web site has been updated with details of funding raised at Marple Carnival and the latest news and information on the project, including a setback with our funding strategy that presents us with new challenges to be turned into opportunities!

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/projects/skate-park-improvements.html
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« Reply #165 on: May 27, 2014, 09:19:19 AM »
The Friends of Marple Memorial Park web site has been updated with the minutes of the meeting held on 12 May 2014 and the Skatepark meeting of 22 April 2014:

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/monthly-meetings.html
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« Reply #164 on: May 23, 2014, 10:31:37 AM »
The Marple Memorial Park Skatepark Development Project page on the Friends of the Park web site has been updated with details of £100 of community funding donated by Marple Business Forum.

Thank you to the Forum, not just for this donation but also for all the support that they've given to Friends of the Park over the last 10 years!

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« Reply #163 on: April 21, 2014, 08:31:20 AM »
The Friends of Marple Memorial Park web site has been updated with the minutes of the AGM held on 14 April 2014 and the Skatepark meeting of 20 March 2014:

http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/monthly-meetings.html
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