Consultations

  • Consultations,  Events,  Highbury Trust

    Highbury’s future: the public consultation

    The long-standing question of what to do about Highbury Trust is being addressed through a new proposal. The Trustees (Birmingham City Council) have published their ‘preferred option‘ for the future management, maintenance, and charitable activities of the Trust. Your participation in this is vital to setting the best course for Highbury and the surrounding neighbourhoods. The preferred option is being circulated for public discussion, and will be followed by a decision to adopt or amend. Highbury Park Friends and allied groups are taking positions to have the option amended. Our thinking is set out here, in an info pack. [http://tinyurl.com/Oct2012HighburyComments] Paper copies are available at York Supplies in Kings Heath.…

  • Community,  Conservation,  Consultations,  Highbury Trust

    Highbury restoration update

    The Birmingham Conservation Trust website has a news item and three-minute interview about their options appraisal for the entire Highbury estate. An options appraisal is often a financial analysis, as was done by KPMG some years ago when BCC were thinking of selling the buildings. But in this case, the BCT are taking a broader look at what it would take to make Highbury work as a charitable resource, which necessarily means developing adequate income, but is also about making it available for the benefit of Brummies, such as through a sensitive heritage restoration, through charitable care projects like Four Seasons, or as a venue for educational and community activities.…

  • Consultations,  News

    Play Area Concept & Survey

    We’ve been asked – along with other community groups and interested parties – to give some feedback on an initial drawing for a naturalistic play area in the park. The sketch plan is as below (click image for larger view), in a version somewhat altered from the original, for ease of comprehension. Note that a tree is misidentified as marked for felling. This has not been agreed. Note also that all of the graphics are for example only. These are all rough ideas about what might be done on a small budget and short timeline. Your input should focus on issues within that brief, such as whether the location and…

  • Consultations,  Events

    Tree Dressing Festivities

    Yesterday’s sunny, warm-ish tree-dressing, tree-planting, and woodland walking event was both lots of fun and enjoyed by many. Parks Ranger Penny Marriott and a small crew of energetic volunteers cleared the ground and planted some 25 hawthorn whips alongside the allotments fence, then came over to the festivities tent and helped celebrate! Caroline Jariwala set up a flag-and-bunting stall, where young and old made decorative drawings on coloured fabrics, then hung them from branches and lines. One person, Naima, went so far as to knit purple flowers as well (very speedily, considering the size of them)! These decorations will remain through the holidays. When they are taken down, we are…

  • Consultations,  Park Management

    Play Area Consultation

    An email from Constituency Play Services Manager Shashi Bhana arrived this week, asking for our views on new play facilities for the park. Shashi apparently works with the Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Partnership, which is sort of a combination of local health trusts and Be Birmingham. We haven’t been given any other details of who is behind the approach, but it’s probably something to do with Play England’s Playbuilder scheme. Recent examples (without photos) are listed at the BCC’s playbuilder webpage, and mention play items like boulders, climbing net, contemporary slide, labyrinth, overhead rotator, reclaimed logs, rock stacks and grass mounds, rubber matting, see-saw, space net, springie, swing seats, trim…