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Changes to Stark's Park at Pratt Street Steps
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Wolfman Jack



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2022 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hankey_Bannister wrote:
Fireman sam wrote:
As I understand it the reason for this work taking place is to replace several gabions which make up the retaining wall between Starkís Park and the garage next door. Over the years slight slippage has occurred and a couple of gabions are now impacting against the garage wall causing damage.
This area has been used in the past to scatter the ashes of supporters who have passed on. One supporter I know regularly leaves flowers in memory of her late father who was a long time Raith fan.
We do not have an official area set aside as a garden of remembrance which is something we could perhaps address in the future.
This garden area was left unattended and overgrown. I took it upon myself to tidy it up now and again but it really required the regular maintenance. Two volunteers took this on board and spent a huge amount of time and effort on the garden. They brought the Japanese knotweed under control. They created a path for easier access. They planted hundreds of bulbs and shrubs (at their own expense) and kept it free of weeds.
I think the issue here is the lack of communication from the club on when this work was to be carried out. A little prior warning would have allowed our volunteers time to rescue many of the plants and bulbs. It would have enabled those who have scattered ashes time to prepare for the changes taking place.
There were plans to site portakabins in this area but I donít think this is happening now. I hope that once the work is completed that it can be returned to its former glory perhaps including a garden of remembrance.


What's a gabion??


A steel mesh cube filled with rocks which are stacked to provide a retaining wall, can often be seen on motorway embankments.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2022 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A gabion is a large metal basket filled with rocks.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabion

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2022 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wolfman Jack wrote:
Hankey_Bannister wrote:
Fireman sam wrote:
As I understand it the reason for this work taking place is to replace several gabions which make up the retaining wall between Starkís Park and the garage next door. Over the years slight slippage has occurred and a couple of gabions are now impacting against the garage wall causing damage.
This area has been used in the past to scatter the ashes of supporters who have passed on. One supporter I know regularly leaves flowers in memory of her late father who was a long time Raith fan.
We do not have an official area set aside as a garden of remembrance which is something we could perhaps address in the future.
This garden area was left unattended and overgrown. I took it upon myself to tidy it up now and again but it really required the regular maintenance. Two volunteers took this on board and spent a huge amount of time and effort on the garden. They brought the Japanese knotweed under control. They created a path for easier access. They planted hundreds of bulbs and shrubs (at their own expense) and kept it free of weeds.
I think the issue here is the lack of communication from the club on when this work was to be carried out. A little prior warning would have allowed our volunteers time to rescue many of the plants and bulbs. It would have enabled those who have scattered ashes time to prepare for the changes taking place.
There were plans to site portakabins in this area but I donít think this is happening now. I hope that once the work is completed that it can be returned to its former glory perhaps including a garden of remembrance.


What's a gabion??


A steel mesh cube filled with rocks which are stacked to provide a retaining wall, can often be seen on motorway embankments.

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In addition to WJ's example they can often be found along water courses to reinforce the banks or to divert water flow. Also frequently found at the coast to counter coastal erosion along with riprap. A gabion is basically riprap in a steel cage as has been described by others above.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2022 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A gabion is a member of Fantalk
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2022 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WillieKirk wrote:
A gabion is a member of Fantalk


I think thats pronounced Gabber-on
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2022 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bit in the programme about this maintenance work. Club were aware of the importance of this location and the earth removed is stored and will be returned to the site once the essential work to stop the subsidence issue is completed.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2022 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Castle wrote:
Bit in the programme about this maintenance work. Club were aware of the importance of this location and the earth removed is stored and will be returned to the site once the essential work to stop the subsidence issue is completed.


Why on earth not issue a statement when they did it?
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