Bradpole Parish Council owns a number of Open Spaces and these are described below. See: Asset Register
Other Green Spaces such as that bordering the River Asker through “Happy Island” are in private ownership.
The Parish Plan highlights the importance of safeguarding the existing Open Spaces and putting them to better use for the benefit of the Community whilst taking into account the concerns of the immediate neighbours.
In 2016, with the help of a grant, a gazebo was purchased for use on our Green spaces at Parish Council Community events.
In early 2016, and as part of the evolving Neighbourhood Plan, Bradpole councillors produced a report on the environmental & heritage assets within Bradpole Civil Parish.
Follow this link to read the report:
See also our Neighbourhood Plan Page
Gore Cross Green
Gore Cross Green is a 2 acre (0.79h.a.) relatively level field.
Additional picnic tables/benches have recently been installed following suggestions put forward by several local residents in the Parish Plan.
Goal posts have been installed to facilitate up to 9-a-side matches, particularly for our younger residents, and have been used by local under-11 mixed teams.
A full scarifying and cutting programme was undertaken to the playing area by professional sports ground contractors during the Autumn of 2016.
Residents said in Parish Plan consultations that the Parish owned Green Spaces should be “safeguarded”.
Bradpole Parish Councillors executed a Deed of Dedication with “Fields in Trust” http://www.fieldsintrust.org/ in November 2016 to protect “Gore Cross Green” in perpetuity for the benefit of residents. This Deed has now be registered at HM Land Registry thus completing the protection process.
Find the Protected Gore Cross Green at this link:
We have been pleased to see visitors to our area already using this recreational land for picnics. This highlights the need to keep the land clean for all who use it.
The Parish Council wishes to enable improvement and a greater and varied use of existing community open spaces.
If you would be interested in either forming or joining a Community Group to look after this Green for the benefit of the Community speak to either the Parish Clerk or a Parish Councillor who will be able to put you in touch with other like-minded residents.
PLEASE REMEMBER ALL PERSONS USING THE FIELD DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK
Bradpole Parish Council has adopted a basic set of rules for the use of the Green for the benefit of all users see:- Rules for the use of Gore Cross Green, Bradpole
No persons shall, without Authorisation, erect any booth, stand, tent or other structure or camp or remain overnight upon the Field
Any persons or organised groups wishing to use this field for formal community/sports events etc. should contact the Bradpole Parish Clerk at:
Pageants Field and Play Area
Pageants Close field and play area is a smaller green space (0.33h.a.) on sloping land. It includes a Children’s play area. A new Play Tower was installed in October 2015
The fencing was replaced with safety compliant fencing in September 2014.
The dilapidated goalpost was replaced in early 2016
The area is subject to an annual health and safety check by an independent assessor. The 2016 Safety Inspection Report is available here:
There a few recommendations regarding the equipment which have now been dealt with. The inspector revisited the site in August 2016 and has confirmed that the recommendations have been properly addressed.
Parish councillors review options for this field from time to time to consider whether it continues to meet the wishes of the community. In April 2017, following a UK Govt. Housing White Paper, councillors reviewed the options and issues available and decided to continue to press for Green Space designation under a neighbourhood plan.
No persons shall, without Authorisation, erect any booth, stand, tent or other structure or camp or remain overnight upon the Field, for a full set of rules pertaining to this site please contact the Parish Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Railway Gardens, Caley Way
A pleasant small amenity area next to an old railway crossing. You will find there seating and a Parish Council Notice Board.
The Parish Council undertook a review of the planting on this site during the summer of 2016.
Here is a summary of the report which was adopted by the Parish Council on 4 Aug 2016:
Adjacent to “Railway Gardens” are the Bradpole Parish Council allotments, for more about these go to the: Bradpole P.C. Allotments page.
A pleasant and green walkway and wildlife corridor owned by the Parish Council which passes through a built up area in the village. During the late Autumn of 2015 the hedge along the footpath was laid, an old technique of hedge management. This will enable future control to be both easier and less costly.
For the benefit of all please keep this and all of our public spaces clean and tidy.
The Parish Councils a strip of land on the north side of Townsend Way.
This provides a Green border opposite the protected Gore Cross Green.
In 2014 Japanese Knotweed was found to be growing on part of this plot and an eradication programme was put in place.
The progress of this programme is monitored regularly
Dog Fouling Problems
The problem of dog fouling which was highlighted as a major concern in the Parish Plan unfortunately continues. However we are pleased to see that during 2016 the situation had improved and the Parish Council hopes to see that welcome trend continue for the benefit of all, not least of all for the children who frequent our green spaces.
The majority of dog owners are responsible people and clear up any mess, we are grateful to them for the care they take.
There remain a minority of inconsiderate dog owners who do not act responsibly.
IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE NOT TO CLEAR UP AFTER YOUR DOG.
The dorsetforyou website has a page for reporting dog fouling and there is a Dog Warden who may follow-up these reports.
Owners can also be prosecuted in the magistrates court where a fine of up to £1,000 plus costs can be imposed.