ten years of success

Preserving the lakes was a tremendous achievement by the Save Radley Lakes campaign. I think we can also be very proud of what Friends of Radley Lakes has achieved since then. Once the campaign had been won, it would have been very easy to have wound up SRL, and for us all to have gone off to do other things. I'm glad that we didn't.
FRL has:
  • kept the Lakes in the public eye.
  • produced a regular newsletter to keep members informed
  • maintained a large membership, the size of which gives FRL, and the interests of the Lakes, some 'clout' with local politicians.
  • acted as a local point of contact for concerns and information about the Lakes.
  • raised many thousands of pounds, which have enabled up to support Earth Trust's management of Thrupp Lake, and also put us in good financial position.
  • commented on numerous planning applications, appeared at planning committee meetings, and given evidence at the 'ROMP' public inquiry in 2014
  • arranged popular events, notably the Tea at the Lakes (May) and the Annual Quiz (October) which are now an established part of the local annual calendar.
  • contributed to the development of the Radley Neighbourhood Plan, which has a whole section devoted to the future of the Lakes; the area is envisaged as one devoted to nature conservation and quiet recreation.
I think we can be very proud of all this. I also think the future holds great promise for the Lakes, with initial steps now being taken on the 'Masterplan' for the Lakes, as committed to in the Neighbourhood Plan.All of this goes back to the campaign - which raised public and official awareness of the value of the Lakes hugely - and to the efforts of FRL to promote the interests and future of the Lakes since then.
I think that 2019 is likely to be an important year for us and for the Lakes, and I'll look forward to seeing you all at our Executive Committee meeting on 14 January.

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