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Canbury Gardens: litter and maintenance problems

CARA has been pressing for action in the Gardens. Efforts are bearing some fruit. 

  • We note the decline in maintenance standards has stopped; some say it is improving, but more is needed.
  • To reduce litter, five new wheelie bins were delivered, but they had to be all in one place for collection so they had little impact.  Other ideas are being looked at.
  • Despite a new lock, the North End Gate is frequently left open and cars parked along the riverside.  The council has promised new signs, and is reviewing the possibility of a self-closing barrier, but that would require significant outside funding.
  • There’s good news: we are to have more bulbs planted, thanks to our local councillors, and we should be given some new trees.
  • The really good news is that the all-weather sports pitch next to the pavilion will be opened (with a fanfare!) in March.

Sign up for Heartstart training

Would you like to be trained to give first aid for cardiac arrest?  Following the enthusiastic response at CARA AGM, there will be a ‘Heartstart’ training session on 10 January 2019 at 7.00 pm at Canbury Pavilion.  The session will last about 3 hours.  If you would like to attend, contact Alan Pettitt by phone on 020 8549 2972 or 07802 744 656 or email him at If more than 20 people wish to be trained Alan expects to arrange another session.


Planning: see current planning issues

Parking: see current parking issues