6 Jan 21
Bridge Railings and Information Signs
The trustees have begun the process of selecting a design and supplier for railings for the bridge crossing the inner ditch. Approval from Historic England for Scheduled Ancient Monument Consent is in its final stage which should allow progress later this year. We also hope to replace the entrance signs within the Moot, updating information, easy access routes and improving mandatory notices; a local artist and graphic designer have kindly volunteered support which greatly aids local aspirations and fundraising efforts. The trustees have also been greatly heartened by an uplift in donations from local and former members of the parish whose generosity is very much appreciated. Those supporting our cause with the Co-op Community fund will be interested to know we have passed £150 since we became a Local Cause (please sign up if you haven’t already); other grant applications are in process including Persimmon Homes Community Champions who have just granted us £1000. Thank you Persimmon Homes.
3 Sep 20
Update and Conclusions to the Public Consultation
In December last year the Trustees launched a public consultation concerning matters related to The Moot and members of the public were given a ninety day period in which to respond with their views. The consultation document can be referred to at the bottom of this post; below is a summary of conclusions and action now being taken.
The Trustees are pleased to report that, as might be expected, responses received showed a great appreciation for the value of The Moot to the village and the surrounding community, the importance of keeping The Moot well maintained and an understanding of the importance for preserving access to the public. Some 20 written responses were received and these reflected a welcome balance of opinion. There were understandable expressions of the wishes to keep things as they are in The Moot and others that were advocates for change.
It was noted by the Trustees that at the earlier AGM, when the strongest views were expressed, it had been suggested that a report be commissioned from Wessex Archaeology (www.wessexarch.co.uk). During the consultation period Wessex Archaeology undertook their study of The Moot and reported back their conclusions in a “Heritage Statement” dated March 2020. A copy of that document and its conclusions can be read here.
The Trustees have since met to consider the opinions received through the consultation, the professionally commissioned reports received from Wessex Archaeology and the Health and Safety Report and any new information submitted through the consultation process that would inform their decision making process.
The matter was discussed in detail and the Chairman facilitated an open and constructive debate. All sides of the discussion were heard and given full consideration. In reaching their decision the Trustees gave weight to the Wessex Archaeology report which raised no obstacles to the Trustees introducing appropriate changes to the bridge and the Health and Safety Report. The matter was concluded with Trustees agreeing that despite a strong desire on the part of Trustees to make no change to The Moot bridge structure, it was now nonetheless time to move forward and develop a plan to provide suitable railings or other structure to the sides of the bridge and to do so as soon as practical. The Trustees are now taking further advice including from Historic England to decide on the most suitable design before commissioning the work to be done, subject to raising the necessary finances.
The Trustees would like to thank all those who took the trouble to express their opinions and would like to assure them and all those that enjoy the use of The Moot that they will continue to look after The Moot with sensitivity and consideration for the benefit of the whole community.
13 Dec 19
The Moot Bridge
Members of the public are now invited to submit their comments before Friday 28th February 2020. The Trustees would be most grateful to receive all views and comments in writing. Where comments relate to legal opinion or examples of other structures at other public spaces that may be used as examples in support of no change, these should be supported by written evidence and pictures that can be submitted to the relevant bodies in support of our discussion process.