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This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.
We the undersigned petition Woking Borough Council to Retain the area of natural grassland in Goldsworth Recreation Park known as North Meadow which is bordered by Claydon Road, Willowmead Close and the children’s play area. More details
Petition update 4 from the council, 02 May 2017
At its meeting on 6 April 2017, the Council considered the Petition together with the proposed Playing Pitch and Outdoor Facilities Strategy. The Council resolved to remove all reference to North Meadow in Goldsworth Park from the report and the action plan for the period of the Strategy.
North Meadow will now be the focus for a major community nature project. If you are interested in receiving more information on this, including updates and planned activities, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Natural Goldsworth Park Project is an initiative by the Goldsworth Park Community Association in collaboration with Woking Borough Council.
Petition update 3 from the council, 16 January 2017
The Outdoor Facilities Strategy has been deferred. The report is now scheduled to be considered by the Executive at its meeting on Thursday, 23 March 2017. The recommendations from the Executive will be presented to the Council at its meeting at 7pm on Thursday, 6 April 2017. In light of this deferral, consideration of the petition has also been moved to the meeting of the Council on 6 April 2017.
The deferral of the Strategy report is to enable the Officers to undertake further work to develop the Strategy following the consultation.
Petition update 2 from the council, 18 November 2016
The Consultation period with the Reference Group on the Draft Outdoor Facilities Strategy and Action Plan was extended to 16 November 2016 by the consultants. As a result, the final version with action plan will not be available until 30 November and will now be brought to the Executive at its meeting on 19 January 2017. The recommendations of the Executive will be presented to the following Council meeting on the evening of 9 February 2017. The petition will be presented to Council on the same evening, with the Petitioner given an opportunity to speak to the Councillors and answer any questions they may have. Both the meeting of the Executive and the meeting of the Council will be open to the public and will be webcast live through the Council’s website.
Petition update 1 from the council, 22 July 2016
The number of signatures received through the e-petition and on paper exceeds the threshold required for a petition to be referred to a meeting of Full Council.
In correspondence with the petitioner, Mr Smeester, it has been agreed that it would make sense for the petition to be heard at the same time that the Executive/Council reviews the Council’s New Outdoor Facilities Strategy – which will include an updated Playing Pitch Strategy and recommendations on where, if appropriate, any future pitch development may be best located across the borough.
Work is well underway on the Pitch Strategy although it is likely that this may not conclude now until September / early October, with a proposed consideration by the Executive on 24 November and by Council on 8 December 2016.
It is therefore proposed that the petition will be debated at the Council meeting on 8 December 2016 at 7.00pm. This date will be confirmed closer to the time.
More details from petition creator
This meadow serves as a ‘green corridor’ within the residential environment of Goldsworth Park and as a natural habitat for wildlife. As the ‘lungs’ of the park, it is enjoyed by users of all ages and abilities. It is the only remaining such area in the park.
Yet all this is now under threat of the bulldozer in order to provide two new football pitches, of which there are already seven in the park.
Further, the surrounding area already suffers from a lack of facilities to cope with current activities, most especially insufficient provision for safe parking at weekends. More football pitches can only aggravate this.
Support this petition and ‘Make The Difference’. Help prevent the loss of Goldsworth Park’s last unspoilt area and the estate’s own piece of countryside.