Report of the Head Ranger.
The Head Ranger provided an update on management planning and the following points were made:
· The draft Management Plan for West Wickham Common and Spring Park 2021-2031 had been considered at the previous meeting of the West Wickham, Spring Park and Coulsdon Commons Consultation Group on 29 September 2020 and had been updated in response to Members’ comments and to reflect the results of the Management Plan consultation. The public consultation had identified that the majority of visitors were of older age groups and there was a need to widen active participation by young people. A Member had submitted a question in advance of the meeting observing that the public consultation had also identified a demand for pond creation on West Wickham Common and suggesting that a historic pond site near Gates Green Road be re-established. The Head Ranger advised that there were difficulties in establishing ponds on gravel heathland but that testing would be undertaken to identify whether any sites would be suitable.
· Individual management plans for Kenley, Coulsdon, Farthing Downs and Riddlesdown Commons would shortly be circulated to Members for their views, in advance of a wider public consultation process. A Member representing the Friends of Farthing Downs advised that he had contacted several specialist organisations to support the development of closer working across the South London Downs National Nature Reserve and underlined the need to take a holistic approach in sharing expertise and encouraging public involvement.
RESOLVED, that the update be noted.