To consider the report of the Maintenance & Environmental Services Officer.
The Committee received and considered the report of the Maintenance & Environmental Services Officer concerning vegetation surveys and a potential Forest School at Witney Lake and Country Park.
Members noted the results of the vegetation survey and agreed that further surveys and discussions should take place with experts to inform Land Management policies from the existing budget.
With regards to the Forest School, members heard that meetings had taken place with current and potential users of the Country Park. The feedback had been mixed and a clear need had not been identified. Although a possible location had been mooted it was not entirely suitable due its proximity to the A40 in a biodiverse area. There was agreement if this project were to go ahead it would need to be more of an educational area than Forest School and safety of users would have to be paramount.
That, at this stage Witney Town Council does not support the creation of Forest School or Education Area at the Lake & Country Park.