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Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring colour

 

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The paths down Coronation walk are now done we just need the stream running and planting done. The problem with the stream is getting dry weather to do it and planting will take some doing as its been neglected for years

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Great display of daffs all behind the barrier it will stop kids taking them for mothers day which they often do

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Lots of spring colour everywhere

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Buzzard in the park the other day looking for dinner 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

How Many Wildlife Crimes Have CEC Committed?

 

The council confirmed in the mail below that prior to work starting they new that there were badgers in the area and it was active.

Thank you for raising your concerns but I would like to reassure you that we share the same objective, that of protecting the biodiversity of Queens Park.

Prior to this work being undertaken the Council have undertaken an ecological impact assessment work and this has informed the methodology by which this work will be delivered. The assessment report made by an independent specialist ecological consultant engaged by the Council states:

The survey was undertaken in connection with the proposed installation of a water pumping system and the restoration of surrounding features. The site visit was completed on the 5th May 2016. It incorporated a walkover of the site and a habitat assessment and survey for Badger (Meles meles). The latter included a search for evidence of foraging activity and sett building. (The ecologist who carried out the assessment has over three years’ consultancy experience and is a member of the Chartered Institute Ecology and Environmental Management).

The site (as shown within the red line boundary on Figure 1) is public parkland, which lies within an urban landscape in the town of Crewe, East Cheshire. It is popular with dog walkers and is regularly managed, including the mowing of grass to a very short sward. There is suitable habitat at the site for foraging and sett building. A main sett comprising six well-used holes, two partially-used holes and one disused hole was found under shrub vegetation on an embankment adjacent to the eastern site boundary (as shown on Target Note 1 on  Figure 1). Fresh spoil, Badger hair and foraging activity was recorded in this area, intermingled with evidence of Rabbit and Fox. A fresh latrine was also recorded (as shown on Target Note 2 on Figure 1).

The sett will not be directly impacted or disturbed by the proposed development so long as a method statement is produced containing the appropriate mitigation measures are implemented. Therefore, a Natural England licence will not be required.

The following measures should be adhered to:

• Contractors and machinery should not encroach on to the embankment on the right site of the footpath where the sett is located;

• Digging must be done by hand in the northern section of the site up to the footbridge at the centre of the site;

• Excavated trenches should be covered if left overnight or an escape ladder should be installed to prevent entrapment of Badgers or other local wildlife;

• Piles of spoil should be stored on pallets off the ground or should be covered if left overnight and these should be stored away from the sett; and

• Contractors will be briefed on the presence of Badgers prior to commencing site works.

Our appointed contractors have taken these guidance measures into consideration in designing the works and the operational staff on the ground have been fully briefed on the importance of working carefully and in accordance with the guidance..

I trust this will allay your concerns and reassure you that the Council does take the protection of our biodiversity very seriously.

Kind regards

George

George Broughton

Park Development Manager | Waste and Environmental Commissioning Team | Cheshire East Council, Municipal Building, Earle Street, Crewe. CW1 2BJ
(01270 (6) 86054        * george.broughton@cheshireeast.gov.uk

 

They then started work in the breading season without a licence as required by law and confirmed by

Natural England

I have checked our data, and cannot find an application/licence for the mentioned post code.

Please contact the local wildlife police on 101, and inform them of these details

Regards

Jayran

Species Management Advisor

Natural England

Technical Services

Wildlife Licensing

Tel. No: 020802 61089

www.gov.uk/natural-england

The Police arrived and found them working to me they are banged to rights committing a wildlife crime.

They then claim they used cameras on the site and the badgers are all gone. A freedom of information act request to produce evidence was not supplied and they broke the law on this count as well. The fact badgers have gone would suggest the illegal work has disturbed the badgers crime number two.

They then carried out work near other setts during the breading season with no licence or consideration so they made the hat trick

 

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You can see how heavy the machinery must have been to smash the path this would be enough to disturb the badgers as it was feet away

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The path has now been all but finished only requiring tarmac on top what are the bets the FOI request will come when the path is done when its to late to stop the work so they failed to comply with the act to cover up a criime?

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A new seat on Burma island from the Tesco bags fund

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The day the storm struck

The day the wind blew and trees were dropping like flies and the park was closed for safety reasons.  A lot is down to no maintenance as pointed out in other posted weeks ago I told them of over 22 deadly dead branch's that can potentially kill  and no attempt has been made to make it safe so if someone gets hurt from falling branch's the council are liable 

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Are CEC committing wildlife crime again?

 

Still problems with the council not obeying the correct procedure when dealing with badgers and therefore committing a criminal wildlife crime and the Police stopped the work  first of all no work can be done at this time of years its written in stone

4.  Work near active badger setts must be carried out between July and November inclusive, to avoid the disturbance of breeding female badgers.

in breach of this and still committing wildlife crime in the area as large amounts of concrete from the water fall have been moved past the sett on the path 2 ft away the only way this could have been done is by the use of heavy machinery ie tipper or digger  in breach of

8.  Disturbances, such as loud noise or vibrations, that might agitate badgers occupying a sett must be avoided or limited to areas well away from the sett.  This may force badgers to stay underground due to the noise and vibration.

We believe the work is in breach of Offences (Section 3 of the Act) Protection of Badgers Act 1992.

You have failed  section 3 by not informing the parks badger group  who have expressed concerns over this matter which you have ignored .

They are now trying to say they aren't there but this just shows the advisor has no knowledge of badgers

Badgers do not hibernate but they often stay below ground for long periods in winter, especially during very cold or wet weather.

Badgers mate throughout the year but pregnancy starts around the end of November or early December when the previously fertilised embryos implant into the sow’s uterus. Often only the most dominant sow in a family group will produce cubs, usually two or three per litter. These are born underground, usually towards the end of January or beginning of February, emerging for the first time after about eight weeks .

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Is it safe to go into the park?

Take a look at these trees with dead branch's inside and out side of the park given high winds if these fall they are big enough to kill the wind has blown over all the barriers see below. These have been reported but no action has been taken to ensure public safety the whole area has lots of these and must be considered dangerous

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Try to do the work in Coronation walk has been stopped in part by the fact they need to empty the small pond to put the pump in. The lake is so flooded they cant empty it the problem being the sluice gates to empty the lake was buried under the new paths last year so now they have had to dig up the new path to find it. How do you manage to cover a big grid with a new path? the sluice at the Tipkinder end is blocked by lots of rubbish which wouldn't be a problem if they installed a simple net to stop it falling in

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

More floods in the Park

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Some work has continued on Coronation walk after police stopped the work as they didn't have the correct licence. The pipe for the waterfall is half in from the lake to the bridge is in and covered the pipe is in the other side but not yet covered the weather hasn't help.

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To fit the pump means draining the little pool which they tried to do last week then the floods came and filled it you cant even see the wall.

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The lake is the highest its ever been never seen the boating jetty covered in water in the last 10 years

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Water is flowing in at a terrific rate the problem is the sluice gate to empty the lake cant be opened as the controls got buried under the path when the new paths were put in. I cant believe in  this day and age with geo fiz etc the cant find the controls

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Its been reported over the last few weeks the dangerous state of some trees on the perimeter of the park I counted at least 22 dead branch's that could cause serious injury if they fall  this week a tree fell but luck it fell into the park so no one was hurt on the public path

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Police called stop wildlife crime in the park

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The lake is once again flooding due to blocked sluice gate and heavy rain

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Work on Coronation walk has got under way with a 1/4 of the park blocked off for the work the path was the first thing to go  and then a trench dug to take the pipe for the waterfall from the lake to the top of the fall

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The trench is deep and goes a long way the council have not carried out the work to its own standards as left exposed wildlife can fall in and not get out.

The council own procedure have not been followed which are

Excavated trenches should be covered if left overnight or an escape ladder should be installed to prevent entrapment of  local wildlife;

• Piles of spoil should be stored on pallets off the ground or should be covered if left overnight and these should be stored away from the area

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The Police attended the park on Wednesday to stop work as the council require a licence from Natural England that they failed to obtain which means its once again they committed a criminal wildlife crime. They carried out a survey which they claimed was done in September but was in fact done last May. Such a survey is a snapshot in time and useless a year later as anything could have happened in the mean time. They were advised by the wildlife group that they need a licence from Natural England after last year were they nearly killed wildlife in the park  but ignored the advice. As for a lot of wildlife its now breeding season extra precautions need to be taken to protect wildlife Natural England wanted the Police called as its an offence not to have a license from them. Given the problems last year why they didn't get a license seems stupid a quick call the them could have clarified the situations and the law could have been obeyed.  

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A robin enjoying the sun

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Squirrel out for dinner

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Monday, December 26, 2016

4 Days to get dangerous tree fixed

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Once again the sluice gates are jammed and the lake is flooding with islands nearly underwater this keeps happening and all that is needed is netting to stop big branch and rubbish blocking it

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This dangerous branch which could have fallen and killed someone took 4 days and reported 4 times before it was fixed. They cut that the branch but there are at least 20 more that are dead and dangerous that they left inch from this dead branch. They have a duty of care which they are not for filling and as children walk this way to school lets hope they sort it before someone gets killed 

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This is the final report for this year I started the site in 2008 when the restoration should have taken a year and still its not finished. Next year they start on Coronation walk which they said would start in September and be finished by Xmas. Now it seems it will start in the new year when its the breeding season for lots of wildlife last time they killed or nearly killed lots of wildlife including badgers and rabbits and the contractors offered physical violence to  anyone complaining

Monday, December 5, 2016

A ‘Festive Fun Run and Family Snowman Stroll’

Reporter J White Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanawhite/albums/72157677314382516 .

A ‘Festive Fun Run and Family Snowman Stroll’ took place at Queens Park in Crewe on Sunday 4th December 2016.

There was a 5 kilometre festive fun run and a 2.5 kilometre family snowman stroll, which both followed routes within the Park. The runners and walkers received an energetic warm-up to Christmas music by Emma Wilkinson from Clubbercise, before everyone moved to the start line.

First to finish in the 5 kilometre festive fun run was 12 year old Jack Harrison, who is a pupil at Malbank School. Jack’s mother - Claire Harrison – was the second person to cross the line.  

Fancy dress included several Santa Clauses, Mrs Clauses, snowmen, reindeer and elves. On finishing participants in the fun run received a medal and mince pie and participants in the snowman stroll received a mince pie and a visit to Santa’s Grotto for a gift.

There were also tombola’s, craft activities from Creative Crewe and owls and a bird of prey from Wings & Things. Mayor of Crewe Councillor Marilyn Houston was also in attendance.

The day was brilliantly organised, there was a great atmosphere and participants and spectators were treated to blue skies.

Proceeds will be split between the NSPCC and funds for new disabled fishing bays in Queens Park.

The event was supported by UK Triathlon, Cheshire East Council, NSPCC, ansa, Creative Crewe, Emma Wilkinson & Clubbercise, Wings & Things and Friends of Queens Park.

Emma Wilkinson from Clubbercise leads the warmupThe start of the 5 kilometre festive fun run (1)The start of the family snowman stroll

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Myxomatosis in the park

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Another swan has arrived in the park this time its a male so it may fall in love and stay and breed

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With lots of rain the islands are going under water again as sluice gates aren't working properly

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A rabbit seen in the park with Myxomatosis  note the eye.  Myxomatosis is a viral infection of rabbits, caused by a member of the Poxvirus family. It is usually transmitted by insects and is usually fatal. Anyone with rabbit coming to the park could carry the infection home with them so its important to have them inoculated.

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The goosanders have been joined by their mates and we have a few male and females for more details of wildlife in Cheshire see us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1174299352626624/ follow us on twitter @janmwrght

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