Dear Members, residents and park users, After careful consideration of a number of options open to us the Committee of the Friends of Vinall Park has agreed to seek to obtain Town/Village Green status for the Park. We will be supported in this by Medway Council. The reason for pursuing this course of action is to put another layer of ‘protection’ on the Park against future building development. We hope you will support us in this aim to keep the Park as a Green Space for the benefit of residents and local users. To take the application forward requires us to collect evidence of the ways in which the Park is used and has been used in the past. This is where we would like your help please. You will see below a set of questions which we hope will prompt you to share your recollections of how you and your friends and family have used the Park.
We have posted copies to everyone in the streets surrounding the park but if you would like to download and print your own copy click below
We have received the following email from Medway Council regarding their current survey of Open space usage
We’re asking residents for their views on public open spaces in Medway, such as parks, play areas and allotments.
An updated open space assessment is required as supporting evidence for Medway’s emerging Local Plan.
What the study is
Management consultancy, Knight, Kavanagh & Page (KKP), have been appointed by Medway Council to carry out an assessment on Medway’s public open spaces.
Public open space provides opportunities for sport and recreation, socialising, tourism and wildlife. They make an important contribution to the health and well-being of communities, ecosystems and economies.
Up to date information is needed on Medway’s open spaces. This is to ensure that there is suitable provision of accessible, high quality open spaces that meet the needs and aspirations of local communities, local people and people who work in or visit the area.
How to get involved
KKP are running a survey asking residents for their views on public open spaces in Medway.
It will provide valuable information that we’ll use to inform both the new Local Plan and also investment decisions as part of an up-to-date strategy for public open spaces.
The annual fundraising event by the Rotary Club of Gillingham will be visiting soon. Every year Father Christmas tours the streets of Gillingham and Rainham on his brightly lit up float, bringing delight to youngsters.
This year there has been a change to the planned route on December 23rd. The new route is as follows
Start junction of Eastcourt Lane and Broadway at 6pm
The float will now additionally turn right up Geneva Ave then left along Cecil Ave and then left down Locarno Ave before rejoining Broadway
Rotary members will be rattling their collection buckets as they go, to raise money for local good causes. So please make sure you have lots of spare change so they can help the following charities this year:
Oliver Fisher Baby Unit Kent Association for the Blind Salvation Army Gillingham Street Angels Carers First Mash The Friends of the Wisdom Hospice Medway Night Shelter MND Tommies.
We have been asked by Medway Council to pass on the following message regarding anti-social behaviour
“We have been getting an increasing number of reports of anti-social behaviour in our lovely parks and have been working with our Community Safety Team and the Police on how we address this.
The best thing we can do is report all incidents as this is recorded and added to data. The more reports an area receives the higher it goes in priority as a ‘Hot Spot’. The attached poster has been created using the information from the Police on how best to report any incidents.”
Your Committee have now completed and formally adopted the Management Plan for Vinall Park and attach it herewith for your perusal – many thanks to Kevin and Ralph for their efforts. As you will be aware we have consulted with Medway Council throughout the process.