The Parish Plan
SECTION F - RECREATION
1. Public Footpaths
1.1 The Parish Council is currently working in partnership with Linby Parish Council and Nottinghamshire County Council under the Parish Paths Partnership (P3) scheme. Since June 1996, it has had an agreement with the County Council to maintain the public rights of way network in this parish. The agreement is administered on a day-to-day basis by The Linby and Papplewick Parish Paths Partnership (the P3 Committee), a joint venture with Linby Parish Council.
The Parish Council will continue to support the maintenance of the current path network and negotiate with the relevant authorities to ensure the allocation of sufficient resources to keep the path network well maintained.
1.2 When the P3 agreement was first entered into, there were 2.2km of public footpath in the parish. Neither Papplewick nor Linby had any bridleways and this network was recognised as being fragmented and without the opportunity for circular walks. After priority work was undertaken to enhance the standard of existing footpaths, focus centred on how the path network might be enhanced. The P3 Committee drew up a Public Paths Strategy 2000-2015, setting out how the Parish Council wished to see rights of way extended and improved. The Strategy was drawn up to reflect policies in higher order plans, particularly:
a) Policies 5/5 (Measures to Assist Cyclists, Pedestrians, and People with Limited Mobility) and 7/4 (Recreational Routes) of the Nottinghamshire Structure Plan Review 1996.
b) Policy R11 'Recreational Routes' of Gedling Borough Council's Deposit Draft Local Plan published in February 2000.
c) The Countryside Access Proposals in the Greenwood Community Forest's 'Strategic Plan for Greenwood' September 2000.
1.3 The Gedling/Ashfield Joint Tourism Group has developed a 'Hidden Valleys' initiative to encourage greater awareness of the benefits this locality can offer to tourists. Papplewick falls within the 'Hidden Valleys' study area. As part of its initiative, the Joint Tourism Group has drawn up an action plan setting out its aims. In the short term, it is intended to identify a programme of footpath, cycle route, bridleway and other small-scale environmental improvements to enhance the accessibility or attractiveness of the area. On a longer-term basis, to produce a local history and heritage trail for each parish within its area of concern.
1.4 Further, Notts. County Council has adopted a Milestones Statement [NCC, Milestones Statement: Rights of Way - A Positive Step Forward, 1999] outlining how it intends to pursue new access opportunities. The Statement recognises that former railway lines provide excellent but sometimes unexploited countryside access and that with increasing road traffic, a strategic approach is required to establish and promote a series of medium distance multi-user paths along former transport corridors.
1.5 The Public Paths Strategy seeks to fulfill these aims and give parishioners wider access to the local countryside. Six potential routes have been identified as suitable public paths, the first of which, alongside Walter's Hill at Papplewick, was opened on 21st April 2001. Negotiations are currently underway in relation to an additional two paths. Once all paths are complete, it is intended to create a circular walk under a 'Steam Trail' theme.
The Parish Council will negotiate with relevant authorities to ensure implementation of proposals for additional public paths detailed in the P3 Strategy at the earliest possible date, particularly conversion of the former Calverton Mineral Line into a multi-user recreational route between Bestwood and Calverton.
2. Outdoor Recreational Facilities
The Parish Council will document Open Spaces within the parish and attempt to work with other agencies to protect these spaces and develop them, where possible, for the welfare of the community. Open spaces within the parish ward include:
a) Country Park: Burntstump Country Park
b) Local Park: Playing Field rear of the Village Hall
c) Sports Field: Papplewick and Linby Cricket Club
d) Open Space/Woods: Moor Pond and Dam Banks Woods, Papplewick Dam
e) Open Spaces: Corner of Forest Lane/Mansfield Road, Griffins Head Field
The Parish Council will aim to identify and establish open spaces within a 5-minute walking distance (400 metres) of each area of housing.
2.1 The following areas within the parish are not within walking distance of public open space:
a) Central part of Papplewick Parish in the region of Mansfield Road and Stanker Hill.
b) Southern end of Moor Road.
2.2 The Parish Council is responsible for maintaining the Playing Fields behind the Village Hall. This publicly accessible open space is particularly valuable in providing recreational opportunities for children and young people, especially when alternative facilities are at some considerable distance. Over the years, the Council has sought to provide play equipment suitable for a wide range of age groups. However, due to the often expensive nature of such equipment, and especially the safety surfacing required beneath certain items, the Parish Council recognises that the standard of provision is capable of improvement, especially for the young and the youth of the Parish. This has become especially apparent recently with requests for a skateboarding facility.
a) The Parish Council will continue to maintain the Playing Field to a high standard, ensuring that all relevant requirements regarding the safety of the play equipment thereon are met.
b) The Parish Council will continue to enhance facilities on the Playing Field when resources permit, including the provision of a facility that can jointly be used by skateboarders, BMX riders and roller-skaters.
2.3 The only outdoor sporting facility within the Parish is Papplewick and Linby Cricket Ground situated behind Papplewick Hall. The Parish Council will continue to support the Club, particularly in its endeavours with junior cricket. Open membership and equality of opportunity is a key aim of the community. Indoor facilities in the Village Hall are used for Badminton and the Parish Council will support the Village Hall in providing facilities for other sports.
The Parish Council will encourage sports activities and facilities within the parish.
3. Leen Valley
3.1 The development of new housing south of Papplewick Lane should be used as an opportunity to provide links across the River Leen to Moor Road. The delicate balance of access versus protection is a dilemma to consider carefully.
The Parish Council will support increased public access and low-key developments to the River Leen corridor, unless such developments should have an adverse effect on the flora and fauna of the area.
4. Papplewick Pumping Station
4.1 Papplewick Pumping Station lies at the eastern extremity of the parish and has been open to the public as a tourist attraction and museum since 1976. The original buildings are classified as an Ancient Monument and listed as being of special architectural or historic interest with the gardens recognised by English Heritage as being of Grade II importance in their Register of Parks and Gardens. The Trustees responsible for the Pumping Station's upkeep have recently recognised that the Station's long-term preservation could be at risk unless significant improvements are made to the buildings, grounds and visitor facilities. To this end, the Trustees have produced conservation and management plans and achieved a grant of almost £2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the cost of these works. The Parish Council is supportive of the work being undertaken at the Pumping Station and wishes to see better access to this more remote area of the parish that will hopefully lead to greater visitor numbers. One aim of the Parish Paths Strategy referred to above was to transform the Calverton Mineral Line into a multi-user recreational route that would allow cyclists and walkers from northern Nottingham direct access to the Pumping Station. The Council also anticipates that converting Ash Lane into a quiet country lane (see Policy D9) will further improve access opportunities for visitors who arrive other than by car.
a) The Parish Council will continue to support the preservation of Papplewick Pumping Station and its availability to the public as a tourist attraction and museum.
b) The Council will seek to enhance access arrangements in accordance with policies D9 and F1 for visitors to the Pumping Station other than by car.
5. Village Hall
The Parish Council will continue to support the Village Hall and its management committee in providing facilities for the parishes of Papplewick and Linby.
6. Social Events
6.1 Until recent years the Parish Council has seldom strayed beyond its usually accepted function of providing an administrative base for mundane parochial affairs. However, the Council recognises it has an important role to play in the social and recreational welfare of the parish. To that end, a number of functions have recently been organised under the auspices of the Parish Council including: a street party as part of our Millennium Celebrations; a photographic competition; the establishment of 'The Friends of Moor Pond Wood,' a local history day and celebrations to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
The Parish Council will continue to organise and support appropriate social and leisure opportunities in the parish as opportunities arise. These events will be held jointly with other organisations, either based within the parish or elsewhere, as circumstances dictate.
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