An update and invite from Kelley, our Volunteer and Community Involvement Officer
Fell Foot Local Neighbourhood Newsletter
We would like to invite you to a Local Neighbourhood Drop-in session at Staveley-in-Cartmel Village Hall between 4pm and 6pm on Wednesday 9th December, so we can continue updating you on the Fell Foot Project and involve you in our aspirations for the future of the site. We recieved approval for our plans for the Fell Foot Project at the LDNPA Planning Committee on the 7th October, so are now working on the first package of the project with our architects to get the detailed designs ready for the new Water Sports Facilities. We will provide a timetable of these works at the drop-in session. This an opportunity to find out more information about the detail of our future plans in respect of the water sports facilities and a chance for us to listen to your views, which we can formally feed back into the Project Team. We can also confirm the provisional timetable around the rest of the phases of the project.
We are keen to continue Neighbourhood Drop in sessions next season on site at Fell Foot, when the tearoom is up and running again (see pictures below of recent flooding!). In conjunction with this we would like to invite local people to voice their interest in a Local Neighbourhood Advisor role. This would involve 1-1 meetings with the Fell Foot team to give us another avenue to hear local views and discuss the impact of day to day operations and Project work on the local community. If you are interested and would like to find out more information about this volunteer role, then please do get in touch with Kelley Sproston-Heath, Volunteering & Community Involvement Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org
We are in the process of setting up an Access Advisory Group for Fell Foot, consisting of Fell Foot staff, volunteers, representatives from a range of disability groups and individuals from the local area. Our aim is to work together to identify and remove barriers wherever possible and to make Fell Foot more accessible in the future with the resources that are available to us. If you are interested in being involved in this group and have any experience in this area, we would love to hear from you.
We also hope to set up an Outdoor Users Forum for Fell Foot to create an opportunity for all outdoor activity users to be involved and engaged with developments going forward. After an initial meeting at Fell Foot in September (where we had some really useful questions and discussions relating to private boat and trailer storage, possible relocation of moorings when the new jetty goes in, accessibility for participants with a variety of disabilities, how we plan to keep the site open and activities accessible during the building phases, will the future facilities be open to all and our plans for a charging structure), we have invited nominations from all the different users, including the sailing club, rowing club, private boat owners, Parkrun, outdoor centres, canoe/ kayak clubs and open water swimming groups. If you are interested in being a representative in this Forum, please get in touch with either myself or have a chat to Phil Crosby, Boating & Activities Manager. It will involve meeting up bi-annually and we hope to have our first meeting in early January 2016 to look at the future management and implementation of the new operation with the Watersports Centre, along with technical input for the future use. We want to ensure that throughout the phases of the Project our users can still carry out their activities with the least possible disruption and that in the future they can use Fell Foot in the safest, most sustainable and enjoyable ways.
Fell Foot parkrun celebrated their first birthday on Saturday 17th October. Runners were cheered on by the Dalton Brass Band playing by the lakeshore, and awarded with lots of birthday cake at the finish line! It was a lovely atmosphere. The free, weekly 5km run event, (every Saturday at 9:00am at Fell Foot) is run entirely by volunteers. On average we have about 150 participants every week and parkrun are always looking for new people to get involved either through helping to marshall the event or participating in the run -you can run, walk, hop or skip – it doesn’t matter, it is just great fun. Check out their website – http://www.parkrun.org.uk/fellfoot/
We also had our first Night Run at Fell Foot on the 7th November. The rain cleared just in time to reveal a beautiful starry evening for the nearly 100 participants donned with their headtorches. There was great excitement from all involved and we would like to say a big thanks to Cotswolds for providing support for the event.
If you have any questions about any of the information included in this newsletter, please do get in touch.
Kelley Sproston-Heath, Volunteering & Community Involvement Officer for South East Cumbria & Morecambe Bay
email@example.com Fell Foot Park, Tel: 015395 31273