|UPDATE 7 : 20 January 1999 'SHOWING THROUGH'|
Officers from Bradford Council's Recreation Division Technical Unit have visited the site and discussed methods for restoring the overgrown pathways, repairs to the bridges over the ghyll, landscaping to cover over the remains of the former toilet block and removal of a few trees which are undermining the boulder wall by the car park area. They have provided a large scale plan of the site on which our proposals for the first phase of new planting are being developed, including a thick hedge of mixed native species, (which will introduce a valuable new wildlife habitat onto the site); a colourful grove of field maples; ornamental birches next to the Millennium Maze area; and oaks to fill gaps in the avenue bordering Wells Road.
Plans of the scheme are on show at the Public Library from January 25th to February 15th. We hope to give all sections of the local community the chance to see and comment constructively on our plans, and to put forward their own suggestions. So please take this opportunity to express your support for the scheme, on survey forms provided at the display stands, or by writing to the address given below. Our survey results so far show 75% of respondents in favour of the scheme, together with individual offers to donate money and labour to the project. We have also received a grant of £242 from Ilkley Community Fund to purchase a new seat for the maze area, and a letter of support from 'Ilkley in Bloom'.
We welcome all contributors, whether as individuals, local businesses, or school and community groups to demonstrate their interest in this unique opportunity to celebrate the Millennium in Ilkley. By helping to create an inspirational, educational and recreational feature, of enduring value to both residents and visitors of all ages, we can all show our respect for Ilkley's past history and our determination to act positively for the future of our town and its surroundings. The scheme is on the agenda for discussion at the Parish Council Open Meeting to be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday February 17th at the Clarke-Foley Centre.
So don't let the Millennium become yet another 'been there - got the T-shirt' (or mug!) affair. Together, we can achieve something of lasting benefit and continuing inspiration for generations to come.
Please write in with your letters of support, come to the Open Meeting, and as a community, we can make next New Year something really special for Ilkley!
If you can also offer assistance in any of the following ways:
then please get in touch to find out more about the plans, and let us
know what you would like to do for
The Darwin Gardens Millennium Scheme.