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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Karina Dostalova and Councillor James Denselow.

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2.

MEMBERS DECLARATIONS UNDER THE CODE OF CONDUCT IN RESPECT OF ITEMS ON THIS AGENDA

Minutes:

There were none.

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3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 133 KB

To agree the public minutes and summary of the meeting held on 10 June 2015.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the public minutes of the meeting held on 10 June 2015 be approved.

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4.

Superintendent's Update Report pdf icon PDF 476 KB

Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.

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Minutes:

The Group received a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath that provided an update on the operational work and accomplishments of the Queen’s Park Team since June 2015. Members noted and considered the following matters:

 

Ecology and Environment

·         Councillor James Denselow (London Borough of Brent), recently appointed Park Champion for Queen’s Park by the Group, had put the Park Manager in contact with an Officer at Brent, who had now resumed collecting the Park’s green waste.

·         The Park often received many discarded Christmas Trees following Christmas and the New Year so the Park Manager had contacted Veolia to co-ordinate the collection and recycling of Christmas trees left by LBB residents, to ensure that they would be disposed of at no cost to the City of London Corporation.

·         Christmas Trees would not be mulched and chipped for use at Queen’s Park as this would provide little benefit to the Park and the process comprised too much staff time and resources.

 

Operational Management

·         Since its installation in March 2015, the donation post in the Children’s Farm had generated £1,475.00.

·         The old cast iron bins were recycled, which generated £830.40 for the Park.

·         The tender for a new three year lease of the Queen’s Park Café would close on 18 December 2015 and meetings with some of the 12-13 prospective interested parties had been scheduled.

·         Members noted that three offenders had been caught breaking into the Café at night by the Park Manager and were later arrested and charged for that and other similar offences by the Police.

 

Sports and Recreation

·         A successful partnership agreement with the Lawn Tennis Association would provide access to an online booking system and the provision of new and different types of tennis coaching sessions.

·         In response to Members’ questions, the Park Manager advised that the online

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5.

Update on Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) at the North London Open Spaces Division pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.

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Minutes:

The Group received a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath that provided an update on the OPM population and its management following the discovery of caterpillars and a nest at Queen’s Park in June 2015.

 

In response to Members’ questions, the Highgate Wood Manager advised that bacteria, parasitic flies, and birds were natural predators of the OPM in Central Europe but these predators did not exist in the UK. He added that OPM suffered in persistent cold, wet weather.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

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6.

Fees and Charges 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Group considered a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath that set out the proposed fees and charges for the range of facilities and services provided at Queen’s Park in 2016/17.

 

In response to a member’s (Queen’s Park Area Residents’ Association) question, the Superintendent advised that the 40% concessionary discount would be available for over 60s, under 18s, and the unemployed. He added that concessionary rates would be clearly signed at the Park and on the website to ensure that these users were aware.

 

Members continued to note and discuss the following matters:

 

Bandstand

·         The Superintendent advised that a £5 increase from £55 to £60 was proposed for the hire of the Bandstand for a two-hour period.

·         A member (Queen’s Park Area Residents’ Association) queried why this increase was necessary as the charge had been raised in each year recently.

·         The Park Manager explained that staff time was required for the provision and setting-up of tables and chairs around the bandstand if and when requested by the customer.

·         Members concluded that the charge should remain at £55 for users who did not require tables and chairs and be increased to £65 for those who did.

 

Football Coaching

·         The Park Manager advised that groups of friends would not be charged for casual games of football but a fee was currently being negotiated with a football coach who regularly used the Park.

·         The Superintendent and Park Manager added that the fee from the coach was expected to be finalised by early 2016 and would come into effect immediately.

·         In response to a member’s (Queen’s Park Area Residents’ Association) question, the Park Manager advised that the fee would be competitive with other local authorities who charged for similar coaching activities.

·         Powers for future charges for events and licences were currently being resolved

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7.

Zippos Circus Proposal pdf icon PDF 178 KB

Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.

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Minutes:

The Group considered a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath outlining a proposal to introduce Zippos Circus to Queen’s Park during a number of consecutive days in May 2016. The Park Manager advised that the recommended option from Officers was to permit a licence for one year with a review after the event and consideration for further circus events to be permitted in Queen’s Park on an annual basis.

 

A member (Queen’s Park Area Residents’ Association) stated that she and the Residents’ Association disagreed with the proposal to introduce the Circus due to concerns over the following matters: the condition of the lawn following the event; the additional large vehicles from the Circus causing congestion in and around the Park; and was it necessary as Zippos already held circuses at the nearby Grange Park and in Brent Cross. In response to a Member’s question regarding the consultation process, the Park Manager advised that a member of the Residents’ Association had viewed the Zippos Circus event in Twickenham with him and had expressed support for the Queen’s Park proposal following discussions with the local Twickenham ‘Friends’ Group. He had also received additional positive feedback from another member of the Residents’ Association who witnessed the Circus in Twickenham.

 

At this point the Chairman invited the observers from the ARK Franklin Primary Academy, Friends of Salusbury School, and the Queen’s Park Ward of the Kensal Rise Residents’ Association to speak on the matter. The ARK Franklin Primary Academy Governor echoed the Queen’s Park Area Residents’ Association’s member’s concerns regarding vehicular congestion in and around the Park and suggested that further consultations should be carried out as local residents may not be fully aware of the proposed event. She added that alternative income generating events could take place at the Café during the

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8.

North London Open Spaces - Risk Register pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Group received a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath that set out the collective risk register for the North London Open Spaces (NLOS) Division, including the Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park Charity.

 

RESOLVED – That the NLOS Risk Register be noted.

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9.

Questions

Minutes:

In response to a member’s (Queen’s Park Area Residents’ Association) question the Park Manager and Superintendent advised that they would look into the implications and the views of local residents and users regarding the provision of Wedding and Civil Ceremony receptions in the Park. A report outlining the options for the provision of various events at the Park would be submitted to the next appropriate Group meeting.

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10.

Any Other Business That the Chairman Considers Urgent

Minutes:

The Chairman advised that any comments regarding the draft City of London Corporation (Open Spaces) Bill that was circulated to the Group prior to the meeting should be sent to the Remembrancer’s Office as soon as possible.

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11.

Dates of Next Meeting

To note that the next meeting will be held at 12:00pm on 1 June 2016.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the date of the next meeting at 12:00pm on 1 June 2016 be noted.

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