A green space at the heart of a residential area of Newport is looking ‘much improved’ now that its grass has been cut, says a campaigning local councillor.
Councillor Chris Whitehouse (Conservative, Newport West Ward) has been liaising with the Isle of Wight Council, Island Roads, Newport and Carisbrooke Parish Council and The Footprint Trust for many months to find a compromise approach to the management of Pritchett’s Pond, and the surrounding green space, in Newport West Ward.
Cllr Whitehouse says:
“What we wanted was the right balance between the needs of nature conservation so passionately promoted by the Footprint Trust and the needs of local residents.
“For some time the majority of the grass went uncut making the area look untidy and causing problems for dog walkers trying to clear up after their pets. In turn, the longer grass and the risk of it not be clean, reduced the attractiveness of the whole area as a space for children to play”.
After a recent site meeting, a compromise was agreed through which the majority of the grass is now to be cut, with one area left as a natural meadow to encourage biodiversity.
“The pond is home to a thriving colony of rare newts, which are much loved by local residents, and I’m delighted by the results of this first cut. It will be improved still further in future, and we are lucky to have this delightful green space at the heart of our estate.”.
But the task isn’t finished yet explains Chris…
“We’ve more work to do yet. We need to get the overgrown weeping willows pollarded as they are drinking too much water from the pond so that it dries up in the summer.”