UPDATE 9 : 31 March 1999 'A FINE DISPLAY'
The scheme was fully discussed at an open meeting of Ilkley Parish Council. Two issues concerning the public were car parking provision and disturbance to wildlife. It was agreed that whilst the scheme should encourage visits on foot or by public transport, there would be no change to the existing car parking provision for the foreseeable future. It was explained that the scheme would actually increase habitat diversity and provision for wildlife, by incorporation of such features as an extensive hedge of mixed native species, and development of a wildflower/butterfly meadow area.
A formal submission of our proposals, by Recreation Division management, has now been unanimously approved by Bradford Council Leisure Services Committee. This is a major step forward towards realisation of the scheme, and will allow us to start discussions with Bradford Council to agree detailed terms for a long-term lease of the site. We can now go ahead with the establishment of a Darwin Gardens Trust, and apply for registration with the Charity Commission, who have already approved our draft Declaration of Trust.
Ilkley Grammar School and Moorfield School have both shown an interest in our proposals, as Darwin Gardens could serve as an inspiring focus for project work over a wide age range in subject areas such as Life Science, Social Studies, History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology. We intend to work with the schools in agreeing a number of projects which could be of engaging interest to pupils, whilst also contributing to the development of the scheme.
We must acknowledge R W Morten Ltd for the kind provision of our display stand for the public exhibition; although this has now ceased, our proposals and regular progress updates can be followed on the Ilkley Pages website (address given below), kindly maintained for us by the Ilkley Internet Group. We have also received a donation in the form of a fibreglass flagpole, which is sufficiently lightweight to be erected temporarily at special events, such as the formal opening planned for May or June in Millennium Year.
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.
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.