Report of the Director of Open Spaces.
The Committee received a report of the Director of Open Spaces on the Wanstead Park: Conceptual Options Plan. The report outlined the key details of the future management of Wanstead Park and, at appendix 1, the final draft Conceptual Options Plan.
A Member of the Committee representing the Friends of Wanstead Parklands read a short statement from the group noting the disappointment that the capital projects for the Park were due for 2025 and noted the need for further better transport facilities for the Park. The Director of Open Spaces explained that the capital projects were due to 20205 in part due to the fact that the City of London Corporation, as part of its Fundamental Review process, had paused all capital projects and would be reprioritising expenditure on projects across the organisation. However, it was confirmed that the statutory reservoir works would be completed to the timetable specified.
The Chairman added that there were many Councillors on the Court of Common Council who felt that more resources should be allocated to the management of Open Spaces. Replying to a Member’s query the Director of Open Spaces confirmed that the Department would be exploring alternative funding sources to alleviate pressures on the Epping Forest Management Budget and that any funds received from filming in the Forest would be spent in the management of the Forest.
RESOLVED- That the report be noted.