The Annual General Meeting of the Greenway Trust at Burton Green Village Hall yesterday evening was well-attended, with 27 attendees representing a wide range of organisations.
Nick Hillard, chair of the Trust, reviewed activities over the last year, and made a short presentation highlighting in particular the ecosystem services offered by the Greenway to its many users. He also highlighted the latest user count information, which showed an incredible 39,000 user passes of the automatic counter during the month of May.
Marleen Hills, treasurer, presented the annual accounts, which showed a small deficit for the year. She highlighted the ongoing importance of fund-raising and donations.
Committee member Cllr John Whitehouse made a presentation highlighting how the building of HS2 would affect the Greenway, what the Trust had done to petition Parliament on the key issues, the improvements that had been achieved so far, and the main areas of current focus to secure other improvements to the final design of HS2. He also highlighted the HS2 Cycleway project, which planned to use the Greenway as part of an ambitious national plan to link communities along the route of HS2 via enhanced cycling and walking routes.
The meeting also heard from Ian Fenwick from Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group on plans for an interpretation board on the Greenway route, and from Craig Earl of Warwickshire County Council Country Parks on future ideas for the management of the natural habitat along the route.