Annual Accounts 2019-20

Annual Accounts 2019-2020

Please click on the above link to view the Accounts for the year 2019-20.

 

Ref: AGM/300820

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AGM – Annual Report 2019-20

Friends of King George V and Scotland Yard Parks

Scottish Charity Number SC033445

Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2020

 

Current trustees

Imogen Forster (appointed 2019), Judy Conn (re-appointed 2018), Maggie Mellon and Christine McIntosh (both re-appointed 2018), Bruce Patrick (re-appointed 2019),  Jane Christodoulidis and Lesley McClymont (re-appointed May 2017), Alice Gordon and Liz Elsby (appointed 2019) and Anne Eddison (re-co-opted 2019)

Contact address

c/o Judy Conn, Secretary, 1 Fettes Row, Edinburgh EH3 6SF

 

Governing Document

The association is a charitable unincorporated association and our administration arrangements are set out in our constitution.

 

Recruitment and appointment of trustees

All of the association’s trustees are appointed or reappointed for periods no longer than three years by the members at the Annual General Meeting held within two months of the last day of March.  However there is provision for co-option of members which may take place at any time during the year, to be confirmed at the next AGM.

 

Charitable purposes

Our purposes as recorded in our constitution are as follows:

(a) To conserve, preserve, protect and improve the area known as the King   George V Park and Scotland Yard for the benefit of the public

(b) To advance the education of the public about the history of the park

(c) To promote provision of facilities which will encourage enjoyment and responsible use of the area by a wide range of the people who live and work in the locality –

provided always that such activities will not absolve the local authority of its statutory responsibilities.

 

Main activities in relation to these purposes

We are in regular two way communication with the Parks, Greenspaces and Cemeteries Department of the City of Edinburgh Council and with other relevant bodies with a view to improving the ambiance of the park.  We also organise hands on activities – eg clean ups and planting and weeding sessions.

 

Main achievements during the financial period

Of most importance, we have taken part in several discussions with the developers of a major mixed use development which is proposed for the immediate boundary of the park and have kept our membership aware of the progress of these discussions.   We organised regular weeding and clean up sessions until the start of the period of lockdown. We have initiated discussions with the appropriate members of the local Council parks staff regarding the donation of items of play equipment and of replacement litter bins.  We have removed graffiti where possible.  We have commissioned a logo.

 

Financial review

(a)  Brief statement of the charity’s policy on reserves

While we have on occasion received monies from a variety of sources for different projects in the park we have had no requirement to raise such funds this year.  For our core funding (eg. secretarial expenses) we rely on subscriptions from members.  Our aim is to keep sufficient reserves to sustain these activities for a year.  It is also important for us to aim to keep a larger sum aside to meet contingencies.

(b)  Details of any deficit  N/A

(c)  Donated facilities and services if any  N/A

 

Approved by the trustees and signed on their behalf.

 

Imogen  Forster

Chair

27th August 2020

 

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AGM-2020 Agenda

Friends of King George V and Scotland Yard Parks
Scottish Charity SC033445
18th Annual General Meeting
27th August 2O2O at 6pm
ln King George V Park Eyre Place, Edinburgh

AGENDA
1. Welcome and apologies for absence
2. Minutes of the 17th AGM
3. Annual Report 2019-20
4. Matters Arising
5. Annual Accounts
6. Appointment of auditor
7. Election of office bearers
8. Election/co-option of committee bearers
9. New Town North development
10. Any other Business

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New Town North – August update

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NEW TOWN NORTH – IMPACT ON THE PARK

Planning Applications due early September

 A total of three planning applications is scheduled to be submitted to the Council very shortly.  One will relate to demolition of all existing buildings.  A second to development of the site as a whole and the third will deal only with the proposed new entrance to the park in its south west corner (this is a separate application because it will involve work within the park on land in public ownership).  A completely separate application will be lodged at a later date and this will deal with the detail of the future of the trees.

 We will alert all those members for whom we have an email address when the applications are finally advertised, on the Council’s planning portal, at which point we will have three weeks in which to respond with comments.  Each application will require a separate response.  The planning portal has guidance about which issues are considered material and therefore constitute valid grounds for consideration by the planners. 

 

  1. Trees: As stated above, detailed proposals will be subject to a separate application at a later date.  Sadly, a professional forester has confirmed that a depressing number of trees in the park are dying or in a critical condition.  We are therefore resigned to a necessary and significant reduction of the density of the existing tree belt.  However, we believe that no trees should be removed simply to accommodate the developers’ plans.  Replacements should include trees likely to have significant landscape value and all must be subject to a legally enforceable maintenance programme

 

  1. Buildings: six-storey buildings placed close to the south and west boundary of the park will have a brutal effect on it.  Maximum tree screening is essential.  The conflict between the interests of park users and those of the developers who will wish to provide the purchasers of their flats with an unimpeded view of the park must be resolved in favour of the former.

 

  1. Scale of Development: 340 new residences are currently envisaged, with the possibility of more if a proposed hotel in Dundas Street proves unviable and the site is repurposed for housing as already suggested by the developers.  This will bring an influx of several hundred new residents who could subject the adjacent park to undue pressure, when it is already less than half the size recommended for this part of the city in the Council’s Open Space Strategy.  The scale of the development is, of course, also responsible for the height and bulk of the buildings.

 

  1. Movement of cyclists and pedestrians through the park: if the proposed new entrance to the south west of the park receives consent, careful consideration will be needed to configure the way cyclists and pedestrians access the park and the Nation Cycle Route.  We would oppose the creation of any new path which cuts across currently uninterrupted recreational space.

 

  1. Boundary definition: we believe it is imperative that there is a clear distinction between public (the park) and private (the development) space. It must be defined by a fence and maximum planting of shrubbery and trees. The illustrations so far provided by the developers indicate a disturbing seamlessness, with minimal planting mitigating the impact on the park of the hard surfaces of buildings. 

 

  1. Ground between the crescent blocks on the site of the car park: this is now going to be completely gated private land.  So no extra public open space is to be made available contrary to the developers’ stated intentions.

 

 

26th August 2020

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Annual General Meeting 2020

­18th Annual General Meeting

in the Park (socially distanced) on 27th August

from 6-7pm

 The format of this year’s AGM  of the Friends of King George V and Scotland Yard Parks is naturally affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the committee has decided to experiment with a socially distanced outdoor meeting – after all we are Friends of the Park and we believe we might as well make use of the fact. It seems particularly appropriate to meet there this year as a way of assessing the likely impact of the forthcoming planning application for the New Town North development. At the time of writing the Scottish Government guidance suggests that outdoor gatherings will be permissible from 24th August.  We will meet in the section of the Park alongside Eyre Place. We can supply limited seating, but if you have a folding garden chair do bring it with you.

For information the Agenda for the AGM, the Annual Report and the audited Annual Accounts will be posted here shortly before the date of the meeting.

 

Ref: AGM/130820

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New Town North – July update

We understand from the developers, Ediston and Orion Capital Managers, that they hope to submit their planning application for the site adjacent to the park towards the end of July.  The fate of the trees will be subject to a separate application, as will the form proposed for a possible new entrance to south west of the park.  We have so far failed to ascertain whether all these applications would run concurrently or separately.  Based on the latest information available to us the position of the Friends is summed up below:

 

The Friends believe the New Town North development is likely to have a highly regrettable effect on the park.  We will be issuing a newsletter with more detail to our membership soon and will post it on the FRRCA Facebook page.  Below is summary of our main concerns –

  1. Trees: the trees in the park badly need management but we believe only nonviable or unsafe trees should be felled; none to facilitate the development.  Suitable and sustainable replacements must be subject to a legally enforceable maintenance programme.
  2. Buildings: six storey buildings placed close to the south and west boundary of the park will have a brutal effect on it. Maximum tree screening is essential. The conflict between the interests of park users and those of developers who wish to provide the purchasers of their flats with an unimpeded view of the park must be resolved in favour of the former.
  3. Scale of development: 340 new residences are currently envisaged, with the possibility of more if the proposed hotel proves unviable and the site is repurposed for housing as suggested by the developers. This will bring an influx of several hundred new residents who could subject such an immediately accessible park to undue pressure when it is already half the size recommended for the area in the Council’s Open Space Strategy. The scale of the development is, of course, also responsible for the height and bulk of the buildings.
  4. Movement of cyclists and pedestrians through the park: friction can occur between these different park users.  If the proposed new entrance to the south west of the park receives consent, careful consideration will be needed to configure the way cyclists and pedestrians access the park and the National Cycle Route.  We would oppose the creation of any new path which cuts through currently uninterrupted recreational space.
  5. Boundary definition: we believe that it is imperative that there is clear distinction between public (the park) and private (the development) space.  It must be defined by a fence and ideally trees and shrubbery.
  6. Private versus public space between the proposed crescent blocks: this will now include some private ground contrary to previous statements by the developers and we have failed to get clarity about the extent of this and how it might affect access to the park from the south.

 

Ref: 130720

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New Town North – revised 3rd Consultation – now from 9th April 2020

New Town North Development – UPDATE

The final consultation documents will now be posted on their website from mid-day on Thursday 9th April 2020.

Website URL:  http://www.newtownnorth.co.uk

We hope that all lovers of the park will visit the website, and respond with their views.  This will be the last chance to comment before a formal planning application is lodged, probably at some point in the summer.

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Impact of Coronavirus

Impact of Coronavirus on Activities in the Park – March 2020

Sadly the Friends of the Park are having to draw in their horns for the foreseeable future, so no gardening sessions or clean-ups are planned.  We hope we can pick up tools again in the autumn.  In the meantime we urge all park users to take care and keep safe.

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New Town North – 3rd Consultation ONLINE only (from 2 April 2020)

New Town North Development Proposed for the Land Adjacent to the Park

The final consultation event planned for 2nd April 2020 in Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church has been cancelled.  Instead, the developers will post their proposals on their website http://www.newtownnorth.co.uk on 2nd April.

We hope that all lovers of the park will visit the website and respond with their views.  This will be the last chance to comment before a formal planning application is lodged, probably at some point in the summer.

The proposals to date indicate that six-storey blocks of flats will flank the boundary of the park to the south, the south west and the west.  They will change the very special green and secluded character of the park for ever and the Friends believe that we should lose no opportunity to put the case for moderating the overwhelming scale of the development.

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New look

We are just changing our site to fit our new logo and look. Hoping this helps develop our community and encourage even more participation in looking after our wonderful park.

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