RILEY PARK TRUST
The Trustees vision is that Riley Park Trust recognises that its activities impact upon the environment both through its routine internal operations, its infra-structural development and through its influence and effects on the wider community. It acknowledges a responsibility for, and a commitment to, protection of the environment at all levels This policy statement sets out the Trusts environmental commitments. The Trust is, increasingly, determined to achieve and demonstrate environmental performance by controlling the impact on the environment of their actions and services. They do so in the context of growing environmental awareness, increasingly stringent legislation and other factors promoting environmental protection practice. Through this policy the Trust has a commitment to a programme of continuous improvement to reduce any harmful impact of activities or operations on the Trust Ground, protect the environment and prevent pollution. In the course of Trust activities and within resource constraints the Trust is committed to:
Improve our environmental performance to promote environmental management policies and practices at every level and in every element of its activities
Increase awareness of environmental responsibilities among Trustees and all users
Minimise waste and pollution and develop and operate environmentally sound waste management procedures
Maintain the grounds in an environmentally sensitive way having regard to protection of local natural habitats and preservation of biological diversity
Consider environmental factors in respect of any developments on Trust land and seek as far as is practical to reduce harmful environmental impacts on the local environment
The Trust land is a conservation area. This policy will be reviewed annually by the Trustees, who are committed to its implementation. The trust is keen to maintain and improve the Flora and Fauna in small ongoing Projects.
SUMMARY ENVIRONMENT STATEMENT
The Trust over recent years has laid particular emphasis on improving
the park’s environment. While the list below is not definitive it emphasises the importance the Trust places on the environment.
· Upgrading its parking facilities
· Installing appropriate entry gates
· New Perimeter Fencing
· Grass cutting
· Litter collection
· Control of dog litter
· Bulb planting
· Planting of shrubs and tree
· Repair to existing benches
· Installation of new bench
· Introduction of bird nesting boxes
· Creating greater awareness that the Trust is a privately funded charity
· Tree shrubbery ‘survey’
· Screening of electrical sub station
· Removal of Trust land from WDC housing long term report
· Addition of flower/bulb boxes on main entry
· Removal of ground ivy from some trees
· Voluntary clear-up days
· Installation of eight unit historical Heritage Trail
· Planting of a wild flower area
RILEY PARK TRUST ACCESS STATEMENT
Registered Charity No 300298
Riley Park Trust is an open space of land, left in Trust by Edward Riley in 1914, for the enjoyment of the community and in particular youth. Over recent years the Trustees have been obliged to manage the Trust's financial affairs on a semi commercial basis to avoid insolvency.
The Trust has the following Access Policy
The Park is open to the public 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and this has been the situation for the past 40 years or so. Prior to that gates were locked in the evenings
The Park is available for community use such as children's play area, school children, nursery schools, a residential home and informal recreation without any charge
The Chairman of the Trust and Trustees hold keys to the park in the in the case of usage requiring vehicular access through the main park gates. People who access the park for grass cutting, requiring again vehicular access also hold a key.
The park is available for all members of the community and a lease is in place for Marlow Youth Football Club (MYFC). A lease for the provision of the children's play area is also in place with Wycombe District Council Other organisations may use the park by prior agreement of the Trustees
It is expected to develop the usage of the park, particularly for youth, once boundary fencing and entry points are upgraded.
HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY STATEMENT
Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
This is the Health and Safety Policy Statement of RILEY PARK TRUST
Our Statement of general policy (as far as is reasonably practicable) is:
· To provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our activities
· To consult with the community on matters affecting their health and safety
· To provide and maintain safe plant and equipment where necessary
· To ensure safe handling and use of substances where necessary
· To ensure any Trustees/volunteers are competent to do their tasks and to give them appropriate guidance and information
· To prevent accidents to the public
· To maintain the park as a safe and health and environment
· To review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals
The overall and final responsibility for health and Safety is that of the Trust Chairman.
Day to day responsibility for ensuring this policy is put into practice is delegated to the Trustees
The Trust is not an employer of people. The Trust gardener and other Volunteers are guided in their duties to ensure they look after their health and safety and the health and safety of others while carrying out assistance to the Trust.
All volunteers have to co-operate with health and safety procedures and not interfere with anything provided in the interest of their/and others heath and safety. They are encouraged to take responsibility and reasonable care for their own health and safety.
HEALTH AND SAFETY RISKS ARISING FROM VOLUNTARY WORK ACTIVITIES
Where appropriate risk assessments will be carried out. The findings of the risk assessment will be reported to the Trust Chairman who will ensure that actions required are implemented. Risk Assessments will be reviewed when the work activity/people change.
CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMUNITY
As appropriate the community will be consulted on Health and Safety matters.
Any work equipment used by the Gardener or Volunteers in the course of their activities will be maintained in accordance with safe working practices and manufacturers recommendations. Any problems found with equipment will be reported to the Trust Chairman
INFORMATION, INSTRUCTION AND SUPERVISION
Any volunteers working in the Park will be the subject of risk assessment and procedures for work activities that they will undertake.
Any incidents will be reported to the Trust Chairman who will record the details and follow RIDDOR regulations as appropriate. Remedial action will be taken as appropriate, in order to resolve underlying causation of any accident/incident.
Health and Safety matters will be monitored by the Trustees and reported at Trustee quarterly meetings.
RPT.Health& Safety Policy.November 2008. V2
RILEY PARK TRUST - EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY
Riley Recreation Ground Trust values the people who visit the ground and diversity of the community. It is working towards ensuring its service delivery practices meet the best possible equality standards.
All services and facilities provided by the Trust will be accessible, adequate and appropriate to the needs of all users, irrespective of their race, colour, creed, gender, disability, age, nationality, sexual orientation or marital status and no member of the community will be placed at a disadvantage by conditions or requirements that cannot be shown to be justifiable. The Trust will take positive measure to improve equality and will value multi-cultural diversity. The Equal Opportunities policy will be monitored and evaluated.
Principles and Implementation
Equality is a core value of the Riley Recreation Ground Trust. The Trust believes in equal opportunities and as such will ensure that no user, volunteer or casual worker receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, class, colour, disability, ethnic origin, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements that cannot be show to be justifiable. The Trustees have committed themselves to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate the Equal Opportunities annually.
This policy will be implemented and understood by all those working with the Trust.
The Trust will ensure that all materials are published and distributed in such a way that all users are treated with respect.Trustees