Keeping an eye on the VILLAGE GREEN
Recent discussion of ways of celebrating the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 reminds us that the Green on the corner of Grange Lane and Gateacre Brow was presented to the Township of Little Woolton by the brewer Andrew Barclay Walker, to commemorate Queen Victoria's 50 years on the throne in 1887. We have been speaking to the Council's Environmental Maintenance Department about the state of the Green, and have the following to report:
THE COBBLES. In view of Bass's claim that the cobbled forecourt does not form part of their property, it seems that its maintenance may be the responsibility of the Council. The application of weedkiller will be considered this spring. The Council's Conservation Officer has assured us that the cobbles are regarded as a vital part of Gateacre's character, and their removal would not be sanctioned.
THE SEATS. The last vestiges of the vandalised seats have now been removed by the Council. We are pressing for the installation of at least one replacement seat, possibly sponsored by local businesses and organisations (including a contribution from our own Society).
THE WOODEN STAKES. These were a temporary measure to discourage lorries from damaging the grass surface. Unfortunately they were not very successful, and Council officers believe that metal bollards would suffer the same fate. The possibility of high kerbstones or similar deterrents is now being considered.
THE WILSON MEMORIAL. We have asked for the grass-clogged gutters to be cleared, to avoid further damage to the stonework.