Agenda item

Cotswold Way Public Open Space Improvements

That the Committee:

 

1.       Note the contents of the report and in particular the results of the public consultation exercise included at Appendix 2;

 

2.       Notes that biodiversity enhancement works have commenced and can be funded from within existing revenue budgets;

 

3.       Approves the release of up to £100,000 capital funding as allocated within the capital programme to progress the design and implementation of a ‘play on the way’ scheme; and

 

4.       Delegates the Corporate Director - Operations, Homes and Communities in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of this Committee to agree on a final specification for a ‘play on the way’ scheme’ for the purpose of undertaking a procurement exercise for the design, provision and implementation of such a scheme.

 

Minutes:

The Chair stated that this and all subsequent items would be taken as read.  Officers did not make a presentation on the items but responded to questions and comments.

 

The Committee received a report on the Cotswold Way Public Open Space improvements.

 

As part of the 2022/23 budget setting a capital allocation of £100,00 was approved for improvements to Cotswold Way Public Open Space, situated between Cranham Drive and Chedworth Close within the Warndon Ward.  During Summer 2023 officers consulted with both Warndon Ward Councillors to develop a project brief, some informal resident engagement was also undertaken.

 

The project brief consisted of the elements, namely Biodiversity Enhancements; Provision of Play Equipment; and Car Parking Provision.  Further details of each of these elements were set out in the report at paragraphs 2.5-2.28.

 

Further information about the project was outlined in Appendix 1 attached to the report, including a map of the project area.

 

In consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee and Ward Councillors a public consultation scheme was developed and took place between 20th November and 17th December 2023.  The consultation results were included in Appendix 2 attached to the report.

 

The preferred option was outlined in paragraphs 3.1-3.4 of the report.

 

An additional recommendation was proposed by a Committee Member as follows:

 

“Recommendation 1.4 – All future development planning of this site will include full consultation with both/all Ward Members and other interested and advisory bodies, (such as, but not limited to, the City Council Youth Team, Safer Neighbourhood Team Warndon and Cranham Primary School), at very stage, and with local residents at all appropriate stages”.

 

The additional recommendation was seconded.

 

A concern was raised that individuals could respond multiple times to the consultation via the survey. A suggestion was made that officers could review the methods of consultation in view of the comment made.

 

Committee Members on the whole supported the proposal, with the additional recommendation, which was a much-needed facility for the area.  Members also commented that it was good a see a move away from off the shelf play equipment to the use of natural materials. 

 

The Chair asked Committee Members to take a vote on the additional recommendation which had been proposed and seconded.  Upon being put to the vote the additional recommendation was agreed.

 

The Committee then proceeded to vote on the recommendation, as amended.  Upon being put to the vote the proposal was agreed.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee:

 

1.       note the contents of the report and in particular the results of the public consultation exercise included at Appendix 2;

 

2.       note that biodiversity enhancement works have commenced and can be funded from within existing revenue budgets;

3.       approve the release of up to £100,000 capital funding as allocated within the capital programme to progress the design and implementation of a ‘play on the way’ scheme;

4.       agree that all future development of this site will include full consultation with both/all ward members and other interested and advisory bodies (such as, but not limited to, the City Council Youth Team, Warndon Safer Neighbourhood Team and Cranham Primary School), at every stage, and with local residents at all appropriate stages; and

5.       delegate the Corporate Director - Operations, Homes and Communities in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of this Committee to agree on a final specification for a ‘play on the way’ scheme’ for the purpose of undertaking a procurement exercise for the design, provision and implementation of such a scheme.

 

 

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