Thank you for your questions (it's great that you read the minutes with so much interest) I'm pleased to try and clarify as follows:
"Drainage Improvements – Three options have been identified to deal with the drainage problems at the entrance to the park". Just wondering exactly where this problem is? What's the cause and effect? Thanks.
There is a drain more or less in the centre of the entrance pathway to the park (from Stockport Road) close to the existing notice board that does not work properly and whenever we have prolonged rainfall it causes a huge puddle blocking the pathway. We (The Friends) would like to see this resolved but do not really think it appropriate use of our community raised funds - so we're hoping that the District Partnership and the council (Parks & Recreation) will be able to find the money for it.
"Jonathan will try to source some additional and larger bins for the park, as the existing ones are well used but regularly overflowing."
I apologise for not knowing the funding details of the park, but I assume "The Friends" act out of their own good will and raise additional cash etc. I was just thinking that litter bins are fundamental for a park and if they are too small then the council should put this right? However, I suppose in the current financial climate this is an impossibility, hence it needs "The Friends" to rectify this?
The Jonathan referred to is Jonathan Long, Parks and Recreation Area Manager East (that may not be exactly the right title). We feel the same - that litter bins are basic infrastructure, so we were putting gentle pressure on Jonathan during our meeting in the park to do something about the overflowing bins. It is not our intention to fund new bins with money raised by the Friends group, although we would give it consideration if there is no other way. I'm hopeful that Jonathan will be able to find a way to do this, even in the current climate. It was very helpful that as we were talking about this a group of youngsters came out of the park with several bags of their own rubbish looking for somewhere to put it. I think Jonathan was quite impressed (I certainly was! )
I hope this answers your queries but if you want to know anything more, please feel free to ask.