13 April 2011

Friends of Peckham Rye Park AGM

Victoria and I went to tonight's Friends of Peckham Rye Park AGM, so I thought I'd give a quick report on the meeting.

The Chair gave a report setting out the various achievements of FOPRP over the last year, including another very successful fete and securing funding (through the council and the Lottery) for the Wildlife Garden. The treasurer's report re-iterated the success of the fete and set out FOPR financial position.

Following the election of officers, Southwark's Parks and Open Spaces Manager gave a full and frank presentation on the re-structuring in her Department. The general approach is to ensure the availability of Park's staff at busy periods (particularly on the weekend) and make sure that there was enough back-office support to ensure the smooth running of the Park. Despite overall budget cuts to the department (Southwark has been hit hard by the coalition's cuts), it is expected that there will be no overall cut in resources dedicated to Peckham Rye. As local councillors, we think this is good news for our ward, given the great importance of the Park and Common to so many people in Peckham Rye.

The Friends of Peckham Rye Park do a huge amount of work which helps to make Peckham Rye such a beautiful and important amenity for local people. If you're interested in supporting FOPRP you can find out about joining at their newly revamped website here.

You can join by clicking on the link in the bottom left hand corner.

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