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

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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Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows – Policy Statement, October 2019

  Those Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows present at a meeting in November 2018 agreed that “we do not wish to be involved in any mitigation where we consider the proposals inadequate, inappropriate or under-funded.” As the approved planning application stands … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 13th October 2019 – Tree Sparrow Nest Boxes

An outcome from the Rawcliffe Meadows Breeding Bird Survey of 2015 had been to place some Tree Sparrow nest boxes on the eastern bank of the Reservoir Basin (just below the allotments) as there was identified to be a paucity … Continue reading

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Goodbye Rawcliffe Meadows – update Friday 13th September

The planning committee meeting to decide upon the EA application occurred last night (12th September 2019) and is available to watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vh5Y8-u3Ws&feature=youtu.be (after 10 minutes). It ended up taking until almost 19:30 to get a decision as around half the committee … Continue reading

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Goodbye Rawcliffe Meadows

Officers recommend approval of the Environment Agency’s plans. https://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=132&MId=11246 Planning Committee 12th September 2019 4:30 pm “The role of the Friends of Rawcliffe in managing the area will be in jeopardy and their funding will be lost; however this cannot … Continue reading

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