Plans to boost Beechwood Park gathering pace

Plans to boost Beechwood Park gathering pace

Plans to boost Beechwood Park gathering pace

First published in Gwent news

PLANS to regenerate Beechwood Park are gaining momentum and engaging young people will be vital if the park is to reach its former glory, one of the people leading the drive had said.

Kevin O’Shea, part of a group hoping to bring in grant funds to improve the park, said anti-social behaviour had been a challenge in the past but could be overcome.

“The vision is to get the whole community, young, middle aged and elderly on board,” Mr O’Shea said.

“A few weeks ago I saw some boys setting fire to a tree. I said to one of them, ‘Why are you setting fire to a beautiful tree in the middle of a park, what’s the point?’ He stopped what he was doing and said, ‘It’s just something to do.’ Do something better with your life!"

Many council-run facilities face uncertain futures, Mr O’Shea said, as budgets are tightened.

He added: “What if we lost Beechwood Park? Not that it’s going to happen, but think of all that would be lost.

“I’m passionate about it. We can make it something Newport can be proud of.”

He pointed to the example of Belle Vue Park, which had secured significant funding while Beechwood had been passed over.

Big plans to improve the park include possibly reopening the paddling pool, installing an adventure playground and upgrading the tennis courts, as well holding as a fun day and a “Try Golf” day.

An open day held last Saturday was a success, Mr O’Shea said: “We received 45 completed questionnaires with 16 people offering to join. A pretty good success ratio I think - considering the weather conditions. We also distributed a further 28 that have yet to be completed and returned. Councillor and Mrs Truman took a number to be distributed in their ward and I have approximately 80 that I will be distributing in the area around the park as well as a number left at the café.

“All in all it was a very satisfactory outcome that has provided us with a lot of interesting intelligence that will be collated and documented prior to our next meeting.”

The next meeting to discuss ways to ensure the park’s future and ways to improve it will be held on September 11. Email beechwoodparkvolunteers@gmail.com for information.

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10:38am Sun 10 Aug 14

inkyskin says...

surely the parks in Pill/ Crindau needs something done to 1st??. Beechwood had loads of new things a few years ago, Pills have had theirs ripped out due to ' health and safety ', so surely NCC should replace what's been taken out? why does Beechwood get all the glory while other parks are left to rot!?
surely the parks in Pill/ Crindau needs something done to 1st??. Beechwood had loads of new things a few years ago, Pills have had theirs ripped out due to ' health and safety ', so surely NCC should replace what's been taken out? why does Beechwood get all the glory while other parks are left to rot!? inkyskin
  • Score: -38

11:06am Sun 10 Aug 14

landyman3030 says...

inkyskin wrote:
surely the parks in Pill/ Crindau needs something done to 1st??. Beechwood had loads of new things a few years ago, Pills have had theirs ripped out due to ' health and safety ', so surely NCC should replace what's been taken out? why does Beechwood get all the glory while other parks are left to rot!?
We'll say it once again for those who have missed it.
NCC are skint, will need to save another £13,000,000 next year so are going to be skint for pretty much forever.
NCC will not be putting any funds into any parks apart from grass cutting and the bare minimum any more.
This is a bout a group if individuals getting together to try and apply for grants to improve Beechwood facilities. The community. Who do not want to let the park become a forgotten area that is taken over by ASB and suchlike.
Shaftesbury Park had a brand new facility how many years ago? Not that many. And what happened? Destruction.
Pill area has several parks and play facilities that have been systematically destroyed.
St. Julian's has the Glebelands which has had severe vandalism of the play facilities with knives and tools and oil over the years.
Brecon park is covered with broken glass most of the time.
Kimberley Park ditto.
Tredegar Park ditto.
Patch Park ditto.
At what point do you stop throwing hundreds of thousands of pounds at play facilities when it just gets broken?
NCC have no resources available.
Maybe Communities all over Newport ought to stand up and report vandalism, blatant drug dealing and use and destruction of property when they see it to NCC or the Police.
Beechwood is going for the glory as a community. Try it?
[quote][p][bold]inkyskin[/bold] wrote: surely the parks in Pill/ Crindau needs something done to 1st??. Beechwood had loads of new things a few years ago, Pills have had theirs ripped out due to ' health and safety ', so surely NCC should replace what's been taken out? why does Beechwood get all the glory while other parks are left to rot!?[/p][/quote]We'll say it once again for those who have missed it. NCC are skint, will need to save another £13,000,000 next year so are going to be skint for pretty much forever. NCC will not be putting any funds into any parks apart from grass cutting and the bare minimum any more. This is a bout a group if individuals getting together to try and apply for grants to improve Beechwood facilities. The community. Who do not want to let the park become a forgotten area that is taken over by ASB and suchlike. Shaftesbury Park had a brand new facility how many years ago? Not that many. And what happened? Destruction. Pill area has several parks and play facilities that have been systematically destroyed. St. Julian's has the Glebelands which has had severe vandalism of the play facilities with knives and tools and oil over the years. Brecon park is covered with broken glass most of the time. Kimberley Park ditto. Tredegar Park ditto. Patch Park ditto. At what point do you stop throwing hundreds of thousands of pounds at play facilities when it just gets broken? NCC have no resources available. Maybe Communities all over Newport ought to stand up and report vandalism, blatant drug dealing and use and destruction of property when they see it to NCC or the Police. Beechwood is going for the glory as a community. Try it? landyman3030
  • Score: 49

11:37am Sun 10 Aug 14

newportrules says...

inkyskin wrote:
surely the parks in Pill/ Crindau needs something done to 1st??. Beechwood had loads of new things a few years ago, Pills have had theirs ripped out due to ' health and safety ', so surely NCC should replace what's been taken out? why does Beechwood get all the glory while other parks are left to rot!?
I think you may have missed the point of the article. It's a community group.. As the writer above states, local authorities have zero funds due to the cuts inflicted by this so called government. So I'd suggest organizing a similar scheme in Pill to put something together.
In the meantime, I take my hat off to all those at least trying. Yes, you shouldn't have to as your taxes should be there for this, but since this thieving ridiculous and embarrassing government are looking after the bankers and the rich, it's the only hope!
[quote][p][bold]inkyskin[/bold] wrote: surely the parks in Pill/ Crindau needs something done to 1st??. Beechwood had loads of new things a few years ago, Pills have had theirs ripped out due to ' health and safety ', so surely NCC should replace what's been taken out? why does Beechwood get all the glory while other parks are left to rot!?[/p][/quote]I think you may have missed the point of the article. It's a community group.. As the writer above states, local authorities have zero funds due to the cuts inflicted by this so called government. So I'd suggest organizing a similar scheme in Pill to put something together. In the meantime, I take my hat off to all those at least trying. Yes, you shouldn't have to as your taxes should be there for this, but since this thieving ridiculous and embarrassing government are looking after the bankers and the rich, it's the only hope! newportrules
  • Score: 32

3:01pm Sun 10 Aug 14

artsfan says...

I remember going to the meeting about Beechwood Park after the new play area had been fitted. Residents complained about the zipwire because it encouraged teenagers to use the park and they didn't feel safe with teenagers about, especially when they had their little grandchildren with them - obviously their grandkids would be skipping the teenage years. It was a dreadful meeting which resulted in the removal of the zipwire. They'd sooner the teens were sat at home playing computer games. As a resident I did receive a letter about a meeting some months ago which I was unable to attend, but have heard not a dicky bird ever since. Personally I'd like to see our young people involved, enabling them to take ownership, but the old fogies would be well against that so they'll have to keep putting up with burnt trees. As an aside, I don't know if any of you have heard of 'incredible edibles' which involves getting community groups to plant fruit trees, vegetables, etc., which anybody can help themselves to. It would have been so good to get some of our young people involved with a project of this sort. But again, I blame the old fogies who see them as nothing but pure evil.
I remember going to the meeting about Beechwood Park after the new play area had been fitted. Residents complained about the zipwire because it encouraged teenagers to use the park and they didn't feel safe with teenagers about, especially when they had their little grandchildren with them - obviously their grandkids would be skipping the teenage years. It was a dreadful meeting which resulted in the removal of the zipwire. They'd sooner the teens were sat at home playing computer games. As a resident I did receive a letter about a meeting some months ago which I was unable to attend, but have heard not a dicky bird ever since. Personally I'd like to see our young people involved, enabling them to take ownership, but the old fogies would be well against that so they'll have to keep putting up with burnt trees. As an aside, I don't know if any of you have heard of 'incredible edibles' which involves getting community groups to plant fruit trees, vegetables, etc., which anybody can help themselves to. It would have been so good to get some of our young people involved with a project of this sort. But again, I blame the old fogies who see them as nothing but pure evil. artsfan
  • Score: 3

4:07pm Sun 10 Aug 14

landyman3030 says...

artsfan wrote:
I remember going to the meeting about Beechwood Park after the new play area had been fitted. Residents complained about the zipwire because it encouraged teenagers to use the park and they didn't feel safe with teenagers about, especially when they had their little grandchildren with them - obviously their grandkids would be skipping the teenage years. It was a dreadful meeting which resulted in the removal of the zipwire. They'd sooner the teens were sat at home playing computer games. As a resident I did receive a letter about a meeting some months ago which I was unable to attend, but have heard not a dicky bird ever since. Personally I'd like to see our young people involved, enabling them to take ownership, but the old fogies would be well against that so they'll have to keep putting up with burnt trees. As an aside, I don't know if any of you have heard of 'incredible edibles' which involves getting community groups to plant fruit trees, vegetables, etc., which anybody can help themselves to. It would have been so good to get some of our young people involved with a project of this sort. But again, I blame the old fogies who see them as nothing but pure evil.
Funny that because I remember going to a meeting where the issues weren't so much about the teenagers being encouraged as the noise of the zip wire because it was being used by the tees at 2 in the morning. Whizz bang. Whizz bang. That is the reason it was removed. Poor positioning of the zip wire and excessive noise for the residents. It's not that long ago that Beechwood Park was used as a holding area for all of the disaffected youth in the area. Groups of pcso, police and wardens at all entrances and corners keeping them all in one area so they didn't have multiple calls from multiple residents about ASB. The current attitude is that as long as they are in a park away from residents who make pesky complaining phone calls they can do anything they want.
It's about time the authorities took our streets AND PARKS back from the yoof so bored with life that destruction is the only way.
[quote][p][bold]artsfan[/bold] wrote: I remember going to the meeting about Beechwood Park after the new play area had been fitted. Residents complained about the zipwire because it encouraged teenagers to use the park and they didn't feel safe with teenagers about, especially when they had their little grandchildren with them - obviously their grandkids would be skipping the teenage years. It was a dreadful meeting which resulted in the removal of the zipwire. They'd sooner the teens were sat at home playing computer games. As a resident I did receive a letter about a meeting some months ago which I was unable to attend, but have heard not a dicky bird ever since. Personally I'd like to see our young people involved, enabling them to take ownership, but the old fogies would be well against that so they'll have to keep putting up with burnt trees. As an aside, I don't know if any of you have heard of 'incredible edibles' which involves getting community groups to plant fruit trees, vegetables, etc., which anybody can help themselves to. It would have been so good to get some of our young people involved with a project of this sort. But again, I blame the old fogies who see them as nothing but pure evil.[/p][/quote]Funny that because I remember going to a meeting where the issues weren't so much about the teenagers being encouraged as the noise of the zip wire because it was being used by the tees at 2 in the morning. Whizz bang. Whizz bang. That is the reason it was removed. Poor positioning of the zip wire and excessive noise for the residents. It's not that long ago that Beechwood Park was used as a holding area for all of the disaffected youth in the area. Groups of pcso, police and wardens at all entrances and corners keeping them all in one area so they didn't have multiple calls from multiple residents about ASB. The current attitude is that as long as they are in a park away from residents who make pesky complaining phone calls they can do anything they want. It's about time the authorities took our streets AND PARKS back from the yoof so bored with life that destruction is the only way. landyman3030
  • Score: 16

8:08pm Sun 10 Aug 14

arjwain says...

PILL ? think pill has had millions spent over the years and look at it . it will never change until the people do .
but beechwood park very fond memories . shame all the 70s and 80s . swings and those rocking horses had to be removed ..guess the kids of today need supervising ..
plus the clock that was in john forst square would be great at the entrance to the park .. .
PILL ? think pill has had millions spent over the years and look at it . it will never change until the people do . but beechwood park very fond memories . shame all the 70s and 80s . swings and those rocking horses had to be removed ..guess the kids of today need supervising .. plus the clock that was in john forst square would be great at the entrance to the park .. . arjwain
  • Score: 12

6:18pm Mon 11 Aug 14

rmh1989 says...

creepy place with those awful cherubs on the gates
creepy place with those awful cherubs on the gates rmh1989
  • Score: -7

10:12pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

rmh1989 wrote:
creepy place with those awful cherubs on the gates
Crikey - you scare easily. Best not walk over Newport Bridge, the cherubs will get you.
[quote][p][bold]rmh1989[/bold] wrote: creepy place with those awful cherubs on the gates[/p][/quote]Crikey - you scare easily. Best not walk over Newport Bridge, the cherubs will get you. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 4

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