Dukes Meadows Trust has achieved a great deal to improve and maintain the park, helping it achieve a Green Flag, but we have received only limited support from our local councillors. We would like to be confident that in future they will provide more active assistance.
Parks are under threat, due to government budget cuts and we need our local councillors to be on our side, working with us to protect Dukes Meadows, so it stays a lovely, free to use, community space.
We are inviting all the candidates to come and find out about the work of the trust and meet our volunteers, so we can start to build a positive relationship with them.
We are also asking voters in Homefields to let candidates know that they value Dukes Meadows, as a free to use, peaceful, high quality open space and want their councillors to support it and the trust. Please ask our local council candidates to sign up to three pledges for Dukes Meadows.
Pledges for Dukes Meadows:
Work more transparently with the trust, clubs and organisations with regard to management and maintenance of the meadows. In particular, invite representatives to the operational meetings held for Dukes Meadows or at least share the minutes of the meetings and accept agenda items submitted by clubs and organisations.
Support greater devolved management to clubs and organisations for; maintenance, marketing and promotion of the Meadows. Devolved management is recommended in the Council’s Leisure and Culture Strategy 2016 -2020, as a way to manage budget cuts. Dukes Meadows offers an opportunity to achieve an innovative and ambitious council aim.
Secure CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) to upgrade the roads, paths, entrances and signage for Dukes Meadows. The clubs and organisations on the Meadows have invested millions to create fabulous facilities, which are currently let down by the poor condition of public areas.