Wednesday 18 October, 7 pm, AMAS public meeting
Black Horse skittle alley, Narrow Lane, Aylestone
Responding to local concerns we are holding a public meeting open to all, with two speakers:
7 – 7.45 p.m. Representative from Leicestershire Police to discuss issues regarding safety and security on Aylestone Meadows.
7.50 – 9 p.m. Fabian Da Costa from Leicester City Planning Department to talk about the forthcoming Local Plan and how this could affect green spaces, specifically regarding Aylestone Meadows and adjacent areas.
The Local Plan will cover a wide range of subjects including all aspects of development and local services. This includes the environment. The Council is carrying out a consultation and the views of Leicester residents will eventually feed into the content of the Plan. Regarding the environment the questions they ask are:-
- How can we use open spaces to benefit people’s health?
- How do we protect the most valuable wildlife and open space sites?
- How do we manage flood risks?
The plan also covers housing and economic growth and we know that there are often tensions between the need to protect the environment whilst also needing to build and develop. At present the Council has identified all open spaces across the city for consideration. This does not mean that there are plans to build on these – it may mean that protection of certain areas will be strengthened. However, we cannot be complacent. It is up to us to let them know our views regarding the green spaces in and around Aylestone Meadows.
Please come along to the meeting – members and non-members are invited. There will be time for questions and discussions with both speakers.
General events info
AMAS focuses on continuing to promote an understanding of the meadows through participation in events such as Bio-blitz, local community events, organisation of public events such as successful guided wildflower walks, dawn chorus walks to hear the song-birds of the morning and a Fruits of Nature Fun afternoon. We also work closely with the Council Riverside Team in maintaining the reserve, for example, organised litter picking every month, removal of Himalayan Balsam, tree and bulb planting and other works as needed. Social events such as picnics on the Meadows and skittle nights have also been organised.