Oak Processionary Moth
The Head Ranger noted that OPM was present on the Common, and that based on the sample of nests identified it was estimated there was a total of 100 nests across the Commons.
Illegal Metal Detecting
The Head Ranger noted that a metal detector had illegally excavated around 20 trial pits around the earthwork on the Common, and had removed a metal pot which they had handed into a local museum. the individual had been issued with a police caution and unfortunately Surrey Archaeology had been unable to identify which of the pits the pot – which was Iron Age in date – had come from and therefore it was not possible to establish the pot’s archaeological context.
A Member noted that Leatherhead Museum – which held many artefacts recovered from the Common – faced an uncertain future.
The Superintendent noted that a local business had approached the City to request permission for a catering concession on the Common. The business had promised a dontation of 5% of profits.
Members expressed concern over the level of infrsturucte that would be needed to support the concession and the potential that it would ‘urbanise’ the Common. The Chairman noted that the request would undergo a full appraisal by the City’s procurement team and that the matter would come back to Members for consideration.