A Jumbo response to park survey

north lodge park cromer consultation

There were 747 responses

Many people said Cromer was tired of being asked what they wanted in North Lodge Park so we really were surprised to receive 747 responses – more than all previous surveys. This tells us you still have a lot of passion for the Park and its future. Thank-you, and thank-you for the confidence you have in us to work on your behalf.

north lodge park wall flowersWe’re beavering away analysing what you have said in time to present to Cromer Town Council on Thursday 30th April, following which we will publish our report on the website (northlodgepark.org.uk). We’re sorting out a date to present the report to you around the middle of May.

We don’t think you will be surprised by the results: The overwhelming view is that the special character of the Park as a beautiful, peaceful green space in the heart of Cromer should be safeguarded. Nothing should happen that is not in keeping with this special character. You spoke passionately about your fond memories of the Park and how it provides an ‘oasis of calm’, particularly at times when the town is very busy during the summer months. Responses show clearly that the lawns and flower beds of North Lodge Park are seen as an important asset to Cromer. Maintaining this special character was the most frequently mentioned strongest wish for the Park.

Based on our analysis of what you have said, our report will contain recommendations to Cromer Town Council. We will publish the Council’s written response to these as soon as we have it.

In the meantime…

While we get ourselves together for the longer term, daily life must go on. As soon as the Park is transferred (any day now?) Cromer Town Council will have responsibility for its maintenance – including keeping the grass cut, weeding the flower beds and cleaning the toilets.

We have been working with the Council on a specification for the grounds north lodge parkmaintenance which should be put out to tender in early May, with a new contract in place by the end of the summer. However, we have raised concerns with the Council about the maintenance during the interim period, from when the Park is transferred until a longer term contract is agreed, because without other quotations it is difficult to know if the price quoted represents good value for money and it comes with a lower specification than previous maintenance.

If you know of anyone who may be interested tendering for all or part of the maintenance, please ask them to get in touch with us friends@northlodgepark.org.uk or the Council.

In the meantime…the Park will need your help, especially in maintaining the flower borders. Do you have ideas for what can be done, and/or the time and ability to help do it? We hope to run some ideas and work days in May/June to make the Park closer to what you want in the short term. If you are interested please get in touch: friends@northlodgepark.org.uk and keep up to date on the website or social media.
There is a clear wish from you for the café to be reopened as soon as possible – the Friends are already working with the Town Council to expedite this, and if all goes according to plan the café should be open by the summer. Again, if you know of anyone who may be interested in this opportunity please ask them to get in touch – through the survey we have already had a couple of interested parties come forward.

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