I visited Cambridge City Council’s offices to look at the document which was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund on the 30th of September 2008 bidding for money for work on Jesus Green. The table below breaks down how it is proposed that the total project cost of £4,387,302.00 be spent.
Surprising items include:
- It is proposed that fifty-nine existing trees are to be removed as part of the work.
- Lowering the conifer hedge around the pool is to cost £15K
- A 350m2 stone paved entrance area is to be proposed, by the boardwalk near the punting station, at a cost of £63,000.00
- A mini hydroelectric generator is proposed which will be installed in the weir. It will produce enough power for sixteen homes. Some of its power might be used for the toilet block on Chesterton Road.
- There is significant spending (~£140,000) proposed on drainage, ironically new ponds are also proposed at a cost of £10,000.
- £20,000 is to be spent on steps and a disabled ramp to enable better access to moorings.
- £40,000 is to be spent improving the cycle ramp to the existing bridge, along with £5,000 each on two cycle parking facilities.
- An allowance for CCTV is made at £40,000.00 (This compares with a £25,000 CCTV contribution sought from the CB1 station area project). The plans for monitoring the green do not just extend to CCTV, electronic counting of visitors is also proposed.
|Site Preparation/Enabling Works|
|Remove existing trees||No.||59||£250.00||£14,750.00|
|Allowance for tree surgery works||Item||£10,000.00|
|Lower existing conifer hedge around pool by 50% (to be removed after c. 3 years)||Item||£15,000.00|
|Demolish existing W.C. building||Item||£10,000.00|
|Demolish existing Pavilion building||Item||£7,500.00|
|Demolish existing Kiosk||Item||£5,000.00|
|Allowance for demolition of Substation||Item||£10,000.00|
|Demolish existing wall around lock-keeper’s cottage||Item||£5,000.00|
|Remove existing play area, including paving and railings||Item||£7,500.00|
|Removal of sundry litter bins, lights, railings, benches etc.||Item||£10,000.00|
|Removal of existing paving, tarmacadam etc.||m2||773||£25.00||£19,325.00|
|Land drainage works (Miles Drainage Ltd. Quotation)||Item||£99,788.80|
|Allowance for underground drainage, power supplies and other infrastructure connections||Item||£30,000.00|
|Clear out Jesus Ditch and regrade banks on public side||Item||£10,000.00|
|New pool entrance and café building||Item||£500,000.00|
|Allowance for new standard lights||No.||20||£1,250.00||£25,000.00|
|Allowance for architectural lighting in Piazza area||No.||10||£500.00||£5,000.00|
|Allowance for path lighting in other areas||No.||20||£500.00||£10,000.00|
|Proposed Litter bins||No.||20||£500.00||£10,000.00|
|Proposed bespoke benches||No.||4||£1,500.00||£6,000.00|
|Proposed park benches||No.||15||£500.00||£7,500.00|
|Allowance for signage and interpretation||Item||£4,000.00|
|Allowance for CCTV||Item||£40,000.00|
|Proposed pleached trees along swimming pool||No.||40||£500.00||£20,000.00|
|Proposed ‘green screens’ along swimming pool||m||10||£150.00||£1,500.00|
|Proposed shrub planting around swimming pool||m2||2000||£30.00||£60,000.00|
|Proposed shrub and herbaceous planting to beds in garden||m2||1580||£40.00||£63,200.00|
|Existing grass area to be reseeded following drainage works||m2||65700||£1.00||£65,700.00|
|Allowance for Turf to performance space||m2||1100||£5.00||£5,500.00|
|Proposed ponds in Ecological Area||Item||£10,000.00|
|Proposed Wildflower Meadow||m2||8600||£2.00||£17,200.00|
|Proposed planting in Ecological Area||m2||2300||£15.00||£34,500.00|
|Proposed reinforced grass access path||m2||440||£50.00||£22,000.00|
|Proposed all-weather tennis courts to replace grass courts||No.||2||£35,000.00||£70,000.00|
|2 no. Grass courts retained – allow for remedial work to playing surface||Item||£5,000.00|
|Proposed new play area including safety surfacing||Item||£200,000.00|
|Proposed adventure play area including woodchip surface||Item||£120,000.00|
|Pool/café terrace paved with natural stone||m2||430||£180.00||£77,400.00|
|Repair existing tarmacadam paths and surface with hot tar spray and chip gravel dressing||m2||4300||£50.00||£215,000.00|
|New tarmacadam paths and surface with hot tar spray and chip gravel dressing||m2||500||£85.00||£42,500.00|
|Widened ‘boulevard’ along river with permeable surfacing||m2||750||£60.00||£45,000.00|
|Proposed Piazza paved with natural stone slabs and setts||m2||1200||£180.00||£216,000.00|
|Proposed entrance area paved with natural stone slabs / sets||m2||350||£180.00||£63,000.00|
|Proposed stone paths paved with natural stone slabs/setts||m2||240||£150.00||£36,000.00|
|Proposed sculpture/focal point||Item||£5,000.00|
|Permeable paving around existing plane tree||m||90||£60.00||£5,400.00|
|Stone/brick walls/edgings to planters in ‘garden’ area||m||640||£100.00||£64,000.00|
|Steps up from moorings||Item||£15,000.00|
|Proposed disabled ramp from moorings||Item||£5,000.00|
|Allowance for repairs and painting of existing railings||Item||£25,000.00|
|Repairs/refurbishment of skateboard ramp||Item||£5,000.00|
|Modifications to cycle ramp at base of bridge||Item||£40,000.00|
|Micro-Hydro electric power project from weir||Item||£291,940.00|
|Prelims at 12.5% of Capital Costs||£360,862.98|
|Non-Capital Costs (Revenue)|
|Project Manager 2-Days a week||Item||£30,000.00|
|Training and Volunteer co-ordinator (over three years)||Item||£60,000.00|
|Measuring success (greenstat and gate counters)||Item||£6,000.00|
|Archaeology costs and associated community activities||Item||£40,000.00|
|Contingency and Inflation||£139,436.00|
|Other costs includng Professional Fees||£714,999.22|
A number of items, particularly the new stone paved entrance and statue, which will result in yet more loss of green space, were not mentioned during the consultation. I was also not previously aware of plans to install a hydroelectric generator in the weir. Both of the green areas pictured to the right are at risk of being lost. Many of the quotes appear very expensive, I wonder if councillors would have been quite so profligate if they had been spending their own money? I believe those responsible for spending public money should treat it even more carefully than they would their own. Archaeology appears to have been counted twice.
I viewed the document in hard-copy as the council have not yet put it online.
An application form for the Heritage Lottery Fund’s “Parks for People” scheme has been completed. The Lottery is being asked for 3/4 of the total project cost of around £4.4 million.
The application reveals the existence of a “playboat” it states:
The recent purchase of a “playboat” has the potential to provide a new audience and draw for families as the boat is likely to temporary[sic] moor at Jesus Green to deliver play sessions during the summer months.
There is to be a project board, on which the Jesus Green Association are to be represented.
The Hydro-electric power generator is to generate about 78,000 kWh per year, which has a value of £7,733 per year. The cost of building the thing will be £268,210. A basic payback on investment is therefore going to take over 35 years.
Supporting documents include a Landscape Conservation Plan drawn up by Robert Myers Associates, the plans for the Hydroelectric scheme, an Audience Development Plan, and its consultation supplement produced by Consultant Phil Back. A Finance Plan has been produced by Philosophical Finance Ltd and there is also a ten year maintenance plan, archaeology assessment, habitat management document and land drainage specifications. I believe these documents will be of great value and interest to those interested in maintaining and preserving Cambridge’s green spaces and I have been encouraging the council to publish them online.
As well as the £500,000 of “s106 money” which comes from developers building in the City, the Council has, in submitting this bid promised an additional £218,000 of cash will be forthcoming if the bid is successful. It is not clear where this money is coming from. The council is also making non-cash contributions to make up its £1.1 million share of the £4.4 million total.