The Superintendent was heard regarding the wider work being undetaken across the City Commons during 2017.
Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common
· Activity at Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common included 5,500 of volunteer hours, pollarding of 82 ancient and 53 young trees, and the expansion of grazing to 75% of the overall space available. The introduction of Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) for the purpose of dog control had been a success, and Burham Beeches and Stoke Common had moreover secured Green Flag and Green Heritage status. #
· At Kenley Common the most high profile activity had been the continued progress of the Kenley Revival Project, which stemmed from the award of £1.1m of Heritage Lottery Funding in 2016 to preserve and promote the WW2 heritage of Kenley airfield. Tragets such as visitor numbers had already been exceeded half way through the project. Wider initiative included community archaeology days, moving a time capsule, and renovation and replacing brickwork of original blast pens. Enacators had also assisted in engaging with local school children. The Kenley volunteers had been shortlisted for their work at the recent London Volunteer Awards. Next steps on the project included the installation of interpretaitve panels across the airfield.
West Wickham and Coulsdon Common
· At West Wickham and Coulsdon Commons, the City had been successful in clarifiying that the London Borough of Croydon was responsible for the maintenance of the Marlpit Triangle. A pedestiran crossing of the A232 had been installed after a degree of lobbying by the City – the crossing enabled access between West Wickham and Hayes Common. Volunteer hours totalled 6,600 of acitivity in this area of the City Commons.
City Commons Support Services Team
· The Superintendent noted that the Support Services Team had undertaken a range of reviews of its way of working to ensure the corproate services underpinning the work of the City Commons Team was effective as possible – this included refining proceeses via a Finance Improvement Group, evaluating approaches to fundraising, and the employment of a events apprentice.