VALE COMMONS COUNCIL
Vale commons Car Parks
The commons car parks are presently being assessed with a view to upgrading some and carrying our remedial repairs to others.
The first car park to be upgraded was the Catlain car park near Fort Le Marchant.
The area has been graded so that the water will run off the edge to the North West and the firm surface put back. It will take a while for this surface to bond and hopefully, until it does, traffic will not cause any lasting damage.
The next car park was at Ladies Bay, near the children’s playground, where again the area was graded so that the water will run off the edge to reduce and minimise the problem of potholes.
ANIMALS GRAZE THE COMMON
The Council invited La Societe Guernesiaise’s conservation herd to graze the common and in April eight Guernsey steers were introduced to a large area of common near the Doyle hill under the supervision of Julia Henney, manager of the conservation herd.
The conservation herd were not the only animals to graze the common this year; sheep were put to graze at Lucksall.
Both the sheep and steers were enclosed with an electric fence allowing them the freedom to roam at will and were checked daily.
The Council would like to see more animals on the common as it’s so important for the biodiversity of the area. Animals do a far better job than a tractor cutting grass and bracken; the animals earn their keep at no expense to the Council.
Anyone wishing to put their animals to graze on the common must contact the Vale Commons Council either by letter:-
c/o The Vale Douzaine, Room, Maraitaine Rd., Vale GY3 5QE
Or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
VALE COMMONS RANGERS
As part of its plans for making the Vale Commons a better place for all users, the Vale Commons Council has introduced a scheme of voluntary Rangers for the Commons.
Their role is to offer assistance and guidance in a helpful and friendly manner, but also to deal with incidents of dog fouling, over-zealous cycling on the footpaths – where the speed limit is 10mph – and other infringements by a minority of users of the Commons.
Rangers are Special Constables with the full range of police powers while acting on the Commons. They are easily identified by their green reflective vests. Rangers will use a light touch, and aim to be approachable, but will take firm action on those rare occasions where it is necessary.
We are starting with six Rangers, but expect that number to increase. If there are people out there who see this type of voluntary service as being something for them, then they are welcome to contact Peter Blake on 07781106715 or Rosemary Henry on 246330. They need not be Habitants, but they do need to know and love the Commons.