Thursday, 20 November 2014

Main Issues Report - have your say!

East Lothian Council commenced public consultation on its Main Issues Report (MIR) on Monday 17 Nov 2014.  

This means that if you’re an East Lothian resident or have an interest in the future development of the area, the council want to hear your views!

The MIR is the first formal stage leading to the new East Lothian Local Development Plan.  

The consultation document sets out possible strategies for accommodating new development such as housing, business and retail in East Lothian. 

Following the consultation, the council will consider all responses and use these in preparing the Proposed Local Development Plan, which is expected to be published in late 2015.  

The consultation period will run from Mon 17 Nov 2014 to Sun 8 Feb 2015.

A public consultation event takes place today, Thursday November 20, in Prestonpans Community Centre from 2 until 5.30 (drop-in at any point).

Responses to the consultation should be made via the Consultation Hub.  

Find out more about the MIR and the public consultation via the links below.

More on Local Development Plan

The summary for the Prestonpans area can be viewed here.

What does this mean for Cuthill Park?

Briefly, Cuthill Park is protected by a Minute of Agreement - a robust yet flexible legally-binding document designed to protect green spaces in perpetuity.

Before a development could take place, permission would have to be sought from Fields in Trust whose aim is to protect open spaces for future generations to enjoy.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Trustees' Week 2014

Trustees' Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.  

Trustees play a vital role in a charity like the Friends of Cuthill Park, and few people realise just how much responsibility they shoulder.   

The main duty of charity trustees is to maintain general overall control of the charity. 

Trustees need to ensure that the charity is administered effectively, and is able to account for its activities.

A charity Trustee must:
  •  act in the interests of the charity
  • ensure that the charity operates in a manner that is consisent with its objects or purposes
  • act with the care and diligence that it is reasonable to expect of a person who is managing the affairs of another person
  • ensure that the charity complies with the provisions of The Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, and other relevant legislation.
In addition to these general duties, Trustees have specific duties relating to:
  • charity details on the Scottish Charity Register
  • reporting to OSCR
  • financial record keeping and reporting
  • fundraising
  • providing information to the public
In other words...the buck stops with them!  
Thank you to all the Trustees of the Friends of Cuthill Park ((Scottish Charity Number SC040402)!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Pans Labyrinth?

Following on from the consultation we did which showed a maze as one of the most wanted things for the park, Friends Secretary, Carole, met with Di Williams, the UK master trainer in labyrinth facilitation, who instigated the labyrinth in Edinburgh's George Square.

Labyrinth or Maze?

A maze is a confusing pathway that has many branches, choices of path and dead-ends.  To create a traditional maze where people could actually get lost is a huge commitment and one that seems impracticable at the current time.

At first glance, a labyrinth might look like a maze but actually has a single through-route with twists and turns but without branches.  It may be long but there is only one path. Because it doesn't involve making left/right choices, the walker can just clear their mind and follow the path. It can be a very calming experience, but equally, very exciting for children who love zooming along the path!

What now?

Our plans are at a very early stage but here is what we are thinking...

The size would be approximately 20 x 18ft (6 x 5m).

The location would be to the west of the lone sycamore, tucked up near the fence to make the most of the views across the Forth.

The materials used will largely depend on the council's advice re maintenance but could be:
a brick/stone path & turf edges like this:

or, compacted gravel for the path with bricks/stones partly sunk in to mark the path edges like this:
 or,  grass paths with sunken bricks (though frequent use tuns the grass to mud):
Labyrinths come in different styles including the 7 circuit classical labyrinth, that have been around for about 4000 years:

Then, there's the simple medieval labyrinth (like the famous one at Chartres Cathedral) which can be prettier but more difficult to build.
We would love to hear your views.  Email or come along to the next work day, Saturday 8th (11 a.m. until 1 p.m.) and talk to us.


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Playpark: revised layout

As we mentioned in our previous post, the layout for the play park has had to be changed.

Here is the revised layout.

All the equipment details remain the same but are shown again for ease of reference (click on the description to go to the manufacturer's website):
A. Double Swing 2.1m high with cradle seats

B. Nest Swing
C. Standing See Saw

D. Aurich Playset

 D. Aurich Playset comprising:
  • 2 Triangular platforms with monopitch roof, PH 1.45 m / 1.70 m
  • 1 Climbing wall 1.03 x 1.75 m, wood, with wooden handles
  • 1 Stainless steel fireman’s pole
  • 1 Vertical wooden ladder
  • 1 Sloping scramble net
  • 1 Triangular lying net made of polyamide Hercules ropes
plus E. Tower Slide

F. Embankment Slide

G. Ramp Ascent
H. Scramble Net

I. 'Charles Dickens' Climbing Station
I. 'Charles Dickens' Climbing Station comprising:
  • 2 Diamond-shaped platforms, PH 1.45 / 1.95 m
  • 1 Rail slide
  • 2 Triangular nets made of polyamide Hercules ropes
  • 18 Ropes made of polyamide Hercules ropes
  • 2 Ladders
  • 1 Free-climbing wall
  • 6 Posts, partly with climbing notches
J.  12 x Jumping Blocks

K.  'Shock-headed Peter' Upside Down Tree Trunk

L. Stilts Course

M. Beach Treasures

N. Infinity Bowl
O. Oak Orb

P, Q, R & S. Sprawl seating
P. Sprawl Seat 1.2m long x 0.4m high
Q. Sprawl Seat 1.2m long x 0.6m high
R. Sprawl Seat 1.2m long x 0.8m high
S. Sprawl Seat 2.0m long x 0.6m high

T. Pendulum Tyre Swing, Round Post

U. Picnic Table

V. Horizontal Bar, double, with ladder bars

The excavated soil will be used to create three mounds.

Boulders, supplied by East Lothian Council, will be place around the Infinity Bowl (shown on the plan as grey circles).

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