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About greatemancipator

Researcher and practioner in matters relating to egovernment, government ICT and their approach to the citizen.

Could the Environment Agency Organise a “pi** up in a brewery”?

When the Environment Agency (EA) dreamed up their “wish list” for the York Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) following the windfall £45 Million pound funding they were given after the 2015 floods they didn’t even have it on their initial five … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Update – May 2020 Number 2

On Friday 22nd May 2020 we received a letter from the Environment Agency informing us that they would be removing hedges and trees on Rawcliffe Meadows from Monday 25th May 2020 onward. Of course they still have to fulfill the … Continue reading

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The Biodiversity of Rawcliffe Meadows, York

  [From the Introduction] Despite the supposed protection SSSI status brings, much of the grassland will soon be destroyed or permanently damaged when the Environment Agency (EA) enlarges the flood bank running through the site. FoRM were unable to support … Continue reading

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Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows – May Update

Thanks to Judi for keeping us supplied with photographs of the Meadows as she carries out her permitted exercise. Above is the Oak tree at the pinch point on the cycle track that may or may not survive the Barrier … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 15th March 2020 – the Bee Bank

  Due to flooding and dismal weather this was our first work party since January 5th! We’d had a number of apologies but there were still five of us (Judi, Fiona, Pete, Andy and Mick) ready at the Cornfield gate, … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 5th January 2020

For our first work party of 2020 we were down to five (Julie and Mark, Fiona, Judi and Mick) but that was enough to make a thorough job of cutting back the blackthorn and brambles that intrude on the Reservoir … Continue reading

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Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Activities in 2020

Whilst we await the Environment Agency fulfilling the planning conditions, including the assorted mitigation proposals that we believe should have been a part of the original application a year ago, before they are permitted to start work here’s a brief … Continue reading

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Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Annual Report 2019 – The Final One

As the Environment Agency are planning on starting work on the Barrier Bank in 2020 which is likely to destroy much of the past 29 years hard work we are issuing a final report that is a brief summary of … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 15th December 2019

The weather forecast appears to have been wrong again as three of us (Mick, Pete and Masha) spent a pleasant couple of hours tidying up the Copse at the north of the site with a break for mince pies and … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 17th November 2019

Despite the dark cloud of the Environment Agency’s planned upheaval and the forecast rain we managed a splendid seven volunteers to help with our annual spruce up of the Water Vole Scrape (now also home to Great Crested Newts, Greater … Continue reading

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