The next public stargazing at the Lido is from Friday to Sunday, March 7 to 9, during National Astronomy Week. Further details will be posted on the WOLAS website – http://www.wolas.org.uk/observing_events
Please join us for our New Year get together on Tuesday 21st January at 7pm in the Waters Edge Public House.This meeting is open to FoRL member and non-members
The controversial new car park has opened Bank Holiday weekend August 2013.
It’s not yet fully completed with missing drainage, fencing and top coat of tarmac. But faced with only one more car parking opportunity in 2013 Hillingdon Council have opened it pre completion, even painting the car space outlines on the base tarmac, which will get blanked out when the top layer of tarmac goes down.
Below are questions raised by the Friends of Ruislip Lido with answers from Hillingdon Council.
Q. Why did the council ask for advice from the wildlife trust and what was the question? As this would affect what advice was given, for instance “what can the council do to stop bird droppings affecting the water quality in this area as they want to bring in swimming” would get a very different answer to what can the council do to protect wildlife and encourage breeding.
A.The council asked the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust for advice on formalising bird feeding and moving the main concentrations away from potential bathing areas.
Q.Why are we trying to control the amount of feeding, it would almost appear that the council are trying to reduce the number of birds on the Lido, is this the plan, if so why?
A. Currently the main feeding is with bread which is both bad for birds, water quality and can attract vermin. We are not planning to reduce the number of birds at the Lido.
Q.The fence has been placed right across the slip, surely this is a health and safety issue, this is the main access to the water on that side, we have had sad events at the Lido in the past two years where access has been needed to emergency services has this been considered at all? Especially as we come up to the summer if they need to get a boat into the water fast, where are you expecting the police or LFB to do this? And are they aware of the new point of access?
A.There is a slipway at Willow Lawn which is as accessible
Q.Was coming up to nesting time the right time to do this? Was that really the advice from the trust? Or where they not asked when this should have been done.
A. Birds do not nest in the area which is fenced and never have.
Q.The birds have moved round todays Willow Lawn and the people are going there to feed the birds. The effect is more interaction between birds and dogs, more bird dirt on Willow Lawn. When the picnics start and people leave all of their rubbish, more swans will be affected by plastic bags and rubbish. Are we then going to fence this area off as well?
Q.The birds do appear to get too much bread. May I suggest the new woodlands centre assists with education in this are and even considers selling bird seed. Also there are many, including our society who do feed the birds correctly when they need it in the harsh winter, I take it we are now carrying the 20kg bags to Willow Lawn?
A.The feeding of the birds during the later part of this winter took place on Willow Lawn. It is proposed that the new woodland centre and Railway Station at Willow Lawn will have grain for sale. Interpretation boards on the effects of bird feeding will also be installed.
Q. Has anyone considered that Swans need water to tack flight in case of a dog attack and by promoting feeding on Willow Lawn the swans can become trapped if a dog does attack them or they get frightened by children, or vehicles all of which have access to Willow Lawn.
A. Yes, the advice we have received is from the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust following their visit to site.
Ladies and Gentlemen, We are conducting a litter pick next Sunday the 14th July from 10am meeting at the Waters Edge public house on the grass near the Lido.
Please if you can join us do we want to support Andy the new member of staff and make the area look its best for the Summer, as at last it has arrived.
The only recommendation would be sturdy comfortable shoes.
I hope to see you there but if you cannot make it this time round we will be doing more through the year, this is an opportunity not just for us to give something back to the Lido we all love but also to meet up and get to know each other
With thanks Vicky Brownlee FORL
We would like to invite you to this years AGM, I have held off confirming the details as we hoped we would be able to hold it in the new woodlands centre but it is not yet open and do not want to delay the meeting any further.
Therefore the AGM will be on WEDNESDAY 12TH JUNE 2013 AT 7PM at THE WATERS EDGE PUBLIC HOUSE OVER LOOKING THE LIDO. Please come into the main pub and we will show you the area we have reserved. We will as always supply wine and soft drinks for the meeting.
Please come and join us, so much is happening at the Lido we need to get together and discuss your views about the current works, intended staffing provisions, the uses of the woodlands centre and ideas you have to help improve this fabulous facility.
The agenda will be brief with the nomination and voting of the committee, and a financial report, a short update from myself on any information we have around the works, then over to your selves for conversation and questions.
We need people to assist us on the committee all of the posts are up for consideration if you would be interested or would like to nominate someone please drop me an e mail it does make it easier if we know in advance. The positions are, Chair, Deputy chair, Membership secretary, Treasurer, pls four Executive members.
I am inviting our local Councillors and hope they will join us.
The Friends of Ruislip Lido has always been and still is a group representing the users of the Lido, who care about the area. Please join us to make sure we represent your views in the coming year.
I look forward to seeing you on the 12th
With thanks as always for your support
Vicky Brownlee Chair FORL
Some of you might have been really lucky to see an Avocet visit the Lido last week and land on one of the nesting platforms.
The Avocet is a distinctively-patterned black and white wader with a long up-curved beak. It is the emblem of the RSPB and symbolises the bird protection movement in the UK more than any other species. Its return in the 1940s and subsequent increase in numbers represents one of the most successful conservation and protection projects.
And we had a welcome return of a Black Swan who we haven’t seen for a couple of years.
Black swans are native to Australia and are the state bird of Western Australia. They were brought to the UK as ornamental birds like peacocks and golden pheasants. Like many other captive birds, they occasionally find their way out into the wild.
They are similar in size to the closely related mute swan. They appear all black when swimming but they have white primary wing feathers, which can be seen in flight. The bill is red with a broad white band on the tip.
Committee Members present:
Vicky Brownlee (Chair)
Nicky Saragossi (Deputy Chair)
Lindsey Hannigan (Secretary)
Update from Chair
- Chair gave update on following proposals: Boating, Swimming, café, changing rooms, toilets and overspill car park.
- The majority of membership have voted that they do not want the proposed car park where it is to be located. Believed that our objections have delayed construction for up to previously two years and there are still 22 reserved matters which need resolving.
- It appears that the Council may have breached their own planning conditions
- It is important that FORL maintain communication links with the Council. However it appears that the Council have completely withdrawn links with the FORL. We are aware of an instruction from Mr Puddifoot that no Council officer is to co-operate with the group. However the FORL need to keep up efforts to speak with Council and maintain a good relationship with them.
- The new Woodland Centre will be used for educational purposes & functions and will provide better catering facilities.
- The Railway is to benefit from a new café, new ticket office and toilets near to Willow Lawn. They will get toilets and a new mess room at Woody Bay.
- Only diseased Oak trees have been removed.
- The current overflow car park does not have good signage
- There are now yellow lines in Bury Street
- FORL have suggested a free bus to the Lido
- It is understood that proposed CCTV will cost approx £26K
- The entrance behind the bus stand will disappear
What direction shall FORL take?
- Maintain links with Railway
- Maintain links with Residents Associations to support FORL protect the Lido, help the Council and to litter pick
- Maintain links with voluntary groups accessing Lido & facilities
Funds are healthy current – expenditures have been on postage, publicity & bird food.
- Proposed to purchase storage container for food
- Consider Water testing (passed by group)
- Consider applying for FOIA for details of costs of Lido
- Strategy around planned future developments of lido – passed
- Minutes to be published on website – passed
Lido Management Action Group:
- Group will be looking at the planning approvals and Woody Bay development
- Will be discussing apparent breach of own planning conditions made by the Council
- The Council must still apply for a licence to Natural England
- 205 members
- Membership is currently free – donations will still be gladly received.
- Free membership to continue until next AGM in June 2013.
- Roger Yates is given life membership
- David Seaman is given life membership
Nominations & Voting committee membership:
- Nomination of Pat Taverner to Membership Secretary.
Following voted to Committee:
Chair – Vicky Brownlee
Vice Chair – Nicky Saragossi
Secretary – Lindsey Hannigan
Treasurer – Hazel Toms
Membership Secretary – Pat Taverner
Executive Member 1 – Linda Lamb
Executive Member 2 – no nomination
Executive Member 3 – no nomination