Parish Council Owned Green Spaces

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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.

Protect our favourite places

Follow this link to read the report:

Bradpole Parish Council Environment & Heritage Report – 2016 

See also our Neighbourhood Plan Page

Gore Cross Green

Youngster enjoying the benefits of Gore Cross Green
Youngsters enjoying the benefits of 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.

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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:
http://www.fieldsintrust.org/Field_Listing.aspx?postcode=DT6%203FB

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Picnic table ensemble at Gore Cross Green
Picnic table ensemble at Gore Cross Green

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.

2017 Picnic on the Green Photo Gallery

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

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Bradpole Parish Council has adopted a basic set of rules for the use of the Green for the benefit of all users see:-       GORE CROSS GREEN Rules 2017

Any persons or organised groups wishing to use this field for formal community/sports events etc. should contact the Bradpole Parish Clerk at:

bradpole@dorset-aptc.gov.uk

Pageants Field and Play Area

The newly installed tower at Pageant's Play Area
The Play Tower at Pageant’s Play Area installed October 2015

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 2017

The area is subject to an annual health and safety check by an independent assessor. The 2017 Safety Inspection Report is available here:

Playground Inspectors Report August 2017

There are a few minor issues which will be dealt with but in general all remains OK.

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.

Bradpole Parish Council has adopted a basic set of rules for the use of the Field & Play Area for the benefit of all users see:-    Pageant’s Field Rules

for  more details please contact the Parish Clerk: bradpole@dorset-aptc.gov.uk

Railway Gardens, Caley Way

Railway Gardens Caley Way
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.

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Refurbished Bradpole railway crossing gates August 2015

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:

Railway Gardens Review 2016 (Summary)

Adjacent to “Railway Gardens” are the Bradpole Parish Council allotments, for more about these go to the: Bradpole P.C. Allotments page.

The Gore

The Gore a green walk in Bradpole
The Gore a green walk in Bradpole

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.

The newly laid hedge December 2015
The newly laid hedge December 2015

 

For the benefit of all please keep this and all of our public spaces clean and tidy.

Townsend Way

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.

Dr Annabel King checks the eradication progress July 2017

In 2014 Japanese Knotweed was found to be growing on part of this plot and an eradication programme was put in place.

Japanese Knotweed – Townsend Way 2014 Programme of Eradication

The progress of this programme is monitored regularly

Consultant Dr King’s report July 2017

 

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Dog Fouling Problems

Dog Fouling Notice at Gore Cross Green

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.

Report offenders

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.

https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/dog-fouling

Owners can also be prosecuted in the magistrates court where a fine of up to £1,000 plus costs can be imposed.

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