Moneyhole under a blanket of snow

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Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 09-01-2010

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A few pictures taken the first week of January. A pearlescent transformation hard to recall come the summer months!

2010 Dates & New Year Greetings

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in General Information | Posted on 27-12-2009

A note on a few dates in the New Year for your diary.

  • Barrier Petition Meeting -Sat 06 Mar 10am Venue – Roseacre Gardens Resident Lounge. Please attend to tell Cllr Trigg, SOSC Cllrs and Council Officers to these long standing ASB issues before the crucial SOSC vote on 25 March
  • FoM meeting Fri 26 Mar 7pm. Venue – Barndicott Community Hall, Barndicott, Watchlytes, off Moors Walk
  • Moneyhole Green Flag Development Plan -March. Day & venue  to be agreed. Meeting with Finesse to agree the future improvements from FoM Wish List. This is a concession won by FoM at 16 Nov meeting.*
  • Fete – Sat 10 Apr 10am-3pm Venue: Moneyhole Park. A mini-fete organised by Nicky Higgs, Dog Warden for National Pet Month
  • Picnic in the Park – Sat 03 July 4pm Annual picnic event. Bring your own picnic and something to sit on. Enjoy the park with friends and neighbours.

* Please email if you can & like to attend. Everyone is welcome.

As the year draws to a close. It is time for a brief stock take of the year.

Since FoM, started a year back,  we have:

  • a Nature Trail walk made safer with gravel and wood chippings
  • Wyton muddy entrance made good over winter and wet days
  • an extra and better sited dog bins
  • 3 responsible dog awareness days in July
  • a cleaner park and woods with kind park users helping to keep litter at bay
  • an extra bin emptying schedule to twice weekly
  • a notice board and signs
  • a new path to the Pavilion entrance
  • tidied up the shrubs around Pavilion with help from PFC mums and kids
  • tree maintenance carried out between Wyton & Martlesham by Finesse
  • a promise of 6 benches and 10 litter bins by January 2010
  • 4 new dog fouling and anti litter signs erected. A promise of more to follow.
  • a park safety and security group created
  • started a cross agency youth engagement group of Youth Connexion, Child UK, Police, WHBC & HCC
  • started a campaign for an automatic security barrier to reduce car related ASB
  • agreement by Finesse and WHBC to engage with residents for Park future improvements
  • agreement by WHBC to consult FoM on the car park and access safety. Chris Brandon kindly agreed to represent FoM
  • engagement by Panshanger Police on local ASB issues and park security
  • a forum for park users and residents
  • this website – our thanks to Will Davis

On the flipside

  • Tennis Court – We lost the use of our only tennis court when the damaged tennis wall was demolished. Despite assurances from Cllr Trigg it seems that this will not be replaced. Please pursue this with Cllr Trigg, Mike Barlow, Head of Finesse and Mike Storey, Head of Premises.
  • Finesse & Council – we need to work harder on our relationship with both to improve their delivery and  for a fairer share of budgets. There is a reluctance to accept responsibilities and ownership of issues. The passing of the buck between them is wearing and test even the patience of Jove!
  • Community Hall  – we do not have a local hall to meet. This must be an aspiration. Everyone should raise it with their Councillors and Council whenever possible. WHBC should build the residents and park users an equivalent hall as they did for the football club. This is a long term objective for Panshanger. Panshanger Community Hall lies in the Haldens Ward according to Cllr Sara Johnson, the ward councillor.
  • Committee – we need to have a committee for this fast growing group. The number of issues are now beyond the very small number volunteers to handle effectively. Email us if you can assist.

The goals for 2010

  • to press for a more equitable budget (we have under a ninth of KGV’s annual budget)
  • to improve the park cleanliness
  • to reduce the park related ASB especially in the summer months
  • to improve park safety

As Moneyhole Friends is only a fledgling group, we hope that more park users and residents will join us in 2010 to improve and maintain this great local recreational park for everyone. Together we can make better things happen.  Please spread the word.

Winter snow – The woodland walks and the park were beautiful with the snow last week up to 23rd Dec. Hope everyone managed go out and enjoyed the moment.

Hoped everyone had a very Happy Christmas and Happy New Year for 2010.

Meet the Police

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 08-12-2009

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MOBILE POLICE STATION  19 February 12.00 – 14.00  MoorsWalk Shops

MOBILE POLICE STATION  19 March  12.00 – 14.00  MoorsWalk Shops

MOBILE POLICE STATION  23 May 12.00 – 15.00 Moors Walk Shops.

The Police have organised 3 events to meet Panshanger residents. The current Policing priorities are set to change on Moneyhole ASB by youths and inconsiderate car drivers plus Speeding around Panshanger.

You have an opportunity to retain or affect these priorities by turning up and have your say.  You can also report any concerns and share any information with your local police on the day.  If you have issues or concerns with the local contact number, come and talk to PC Paul Edmondson about how to contact him.

If you cannot attend any of the events, send them an email.

Paul’s email – Paul.Edmondson@herts.pnn.police.uk

Sgt Stephanie Morris’ email – Stephanie.Morris@herts.pnn.police.uk .

FoM Meeting Minutes

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Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 26-11-2009

The meeting on Saturday 21 November 09 was attended by 41 people at Panshanger Community Hall.

Cllrs Darren Bennett and Sara Johnston agreed in principle to support the petition following a robust discussion on funding for the solution.

FoM will work with Finesse and WHBC to develop a 10 year development plan for Moneyhole from the Wish List presented on Monday 16 November.  Residents participation is needed. Want a say? This is your chance. Email us to be part of the Future Plans group.

Date for your diary – The next meeting is tentatively arranged for Saturday 13 February 2010 at Panshanger Community Hall. This will be confirmed nearer the time.

Please read the full minutes at this link- Meeting Minutes 21st November

Saturday 21st 10:30AM – Residents meeting, Panshanger Hall, Moors Walk.

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Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-11-2009

FoM have organised a public meeting to discuss a petition raised calling for action to prevent overnight disturbances at Moneyhole Lane park.  In addition general anti-social behaviour (ASB) issues will be discussed.

This petition, signed by 159 residents, is for an automatic security barrier to stop cars coming into the Moneyhole car park late at night to early hours of the morning. One type of barrier that could be installed can be seen below:

Rising Step Barrier

Rising Step Barrier

Councillors and representatives from the Police will be present to hear residents views. If this is a matter that concerns you, please come along.

Also, you can complete our poll on the right of this page to make your view known.

Coming along to the meeting however is a more effective way to show your concern about anti-social behaviour matters.

Open Space Strategy submission

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in General Information | Posted on 17-11-2009

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Submitted 16 Nov 09 – Closing Date

Friends of Moneyhole response to the 2009 Public Consultation on Open Space Strategy

Our summary points are:

Section 1 Introduction – Why Open Spaces are important. The Social and Recreation definitions are aligned to the inclusive aims of the Friends of Moneyhole (FoM). We would like the Council to include FoM’s Inclusive aim for all residents not just the young. The group above 16 years old, senior and non-sporting residents are not provided for in this document.

2 Outdoor Sports Facility – Moneyhole Lane Park is classified as an Outdoor Sports Facility. The rationale is for this assessment is not transparent and does not have all residents’ nor FoM’s support.

There are a large group of park users who do not use this as a sports facility – dog walkers, strollers, families out for picnics and senior residents. Hence the classification of Moneyhole Lane Park as an Outdoor Sports Facility is of concern to residents and park users, it implies non-sporting users are not welcome nor will they be catered for.  Investment in facilities for these groups should be looked into.

3 Arboretum – Moneyhole was created with an Arboretum which enhances this delightful Country Park enjoyed by many. This is an opportunity to develop the Moneyhole Arboretum further and improve the range of specimen trees. Neglect has damaged many lovely trees in Moneyhole.

Moneyhole Park has a 1 mile Nature Trail Walk around its perimeter. This was upgraded to an all season walk in July 09 through the efforts of the FoM volunteers.

An acknowledgment of the existence of the Moneyhole Arboretum and Nature Trail walk ( plus FoM efforts) would have been welcomed.

4 The lack of a tree strategy to maintain Moneyhole’s arboretum and the trees along the Nature Trail is baffling and deemed a severe oversight. The years of neglect have taken their toll and specific provision for maintenance is necessary.

The tree strategy can also be expanded to planting of more edible fruit trees like some London and other enlightened authorities. We have many ornamental trees. Edible fruit trees will encourage more residents to use parks and walks. More people are aware of the beautiful cherry plums in Panshanger verges and park this year. Local wildlife will benefit most. Apples, pears and cherry trees will be welcome.

5 Green Corridor – Green Lane Bridleway (POW Path) – This links Rolls Woods and Blackthorn Woods to Moneyhole Park through to Brichall Woods and Henry Woods. An inclusion of this vital green corridor for maintenance and the 13 week litter cycle are important. This cannot be allowed to fall between the cracks of ownership and responsibilities. This is also a piece of local WWII history. FoM volunteers exposed a small section of this along the Nature Trail this summer.

6 Partnerships with Lafarge - An audit of the private woods adjoining open spaces is missing as is the working partnership with Larfarge. Users of open spaces enter these woods for enjoyment directly or via the Green Lane POW path. The maintenance of these wonderful woods should be included especially as they extend from the park on two sides. Joint exploration of the archaeology of the site might be of interest as well as the development of plans for the encouragement of biodiversity in the area.

7 Tree and shrub maintenance – What mechanism is in place to ensure Finesse and Serco have the correct expertise to maintain the trees and shrubs in and around the district? Some of the work seen to date is of concern.

8 Flawed and unbalanced paper – Moneyhole only merited two glancing mentions (Page 7 & 23) Whilst deemed strategic on Page 23, there is no further mention of Moneyhole and with no detailed survey of the park, this Open Space Strategy is unbalanced and flawed.

9 Lack of consultation – Compilation of this Open Space Strategy without consultation with the FoM group and residents undermined its assessments, proposals and objectivity.

TK Choo
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New litter bins and benches

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in General Information | Posted on 09-11-2009

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Litter and weary legs

Great news! Finesse informed us  that 10 litter bins and 6 benches have been approved for Moneyhole Park. Installation is expected in December and January. Andy Carr of Finesse asked us to suggest where to site these.

Take up the bench challenge! - Benches must sited far away from residents yet handy for senior residents.

Mon 16 Nov meeting update

The proposed bins and benches map was submitted at yesterdays meeting.

UPDATE 11 Feb – the bins and benches were installed 2 weeks back.  A bench was omitted from the plan. Our oversight. This new location has now been  submitted.

Community chest request for automatic barrier

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Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 08-11-2009

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After significant canvassing of public opinion with those living on the fringes of the park,  FoM have requested from our councillors  funding from the WHBC community chest to have an automatic rising barrier installed at the entrance to the park. This barrier will only be operational overnight, and is intended to stop the vehicle based noise and anti-social behaviour which has plagued the site for a considerable time now. Other measures, such as calling the Police have often proved ineffective. This preventative measure, which is not especially expensive, and for which funding does exist through the community chest,  seems like a good option. Other options may exist of course and FoM are always open to suggestion.

The letter detailing the proposal,  which all three of our councillors must endorse for funding to be offered,  can be read by clicking HERE.

The community chest fund is coordinated by ward councillors through the Panshanger Ward Improvement plan. Attempts to sight that plan, which is assumed to be in the public domain, have so far been unsuccessful, for reasons unclear at this point. It appears from looking at how community chest funds have been allocated thus far across the borough,  the wards with the most pro-active councillors have received the lions share of monies for community improvements from the chest.

Check back for updates on this proposal. We are hoping that councillors will agree it’s a good solution to an ongoing problem.

Autumnal splendour at Moneyhole

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Posted by The Park Keeper | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 01-11-2009

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace

As I have seen in one autumnal face.”

( John Donne)

Here are a few photo’s of autumn at Moneyhole, taken very recently.

Pics courtesy of TK.

If you have a picture to share taken in or around the park do email it to us.

STOP THAT BUS

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Posted by Coordinator | Posted in General Information | Posted on 30-10-2009

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Youth Connexion is providing a bus for youths as a drop-in venue at Moneyhole on Friday evenings between 6-9.30 pm.

The first was tonight Friday 30 October. Around 40 youngsters used the facilities. It will resume on 13 Nov through to December. There are volunteer youth workers on board. Refreshments will be provided. This  is to provide a safe indoor venue for youngsters to meet under supervision.

This is the first of many cross agencies initiatives that we hope to see for the youth in Panshanger. The joint approach is a FoM instigated initiative. Other agencies are also interested to help but require funding. If anyone has ideas or  funding contacts with employers or organisations, please contact TK. Email: moneyholepark@googlemail.com

Updated: 11 Feb 2010 – THIS WILL RESUME IN MAY 2010