Why was our memorial tree removed?

QUESTION:
Was the uprooting and resultant death of a tree, paid for and planted by staff in the Law School to remember a fondly missed colleague who died tragically young, a planned move in the campus developments, or was this an error which will be soon rectified?

ANSWER:
Thank you for highlighting this sensitive issue. The removal of the tree was an unfortunate mistake of the Contractor, and the Project Manager for the works has been in touch with the Law School to arrange for the replacement of the tree as soon as possible.

Why has work on the Nelson Library stopped?

QUESTION:
The refurbishment of the Nelson Library has been stopped but there has been no official announcement explaining why this has happened and what it means for the future of the Stafford Campus.

Could we have a full explanation please?

ANSWER:
As you’re aware we have recently started the process of producing a new Estates Strategy; with a first stage consultation and review period underway over the next 12 months. As such we’ve decided to put the next stage of works for the Nelson building on hold while this takes place, as the new strategy will supersede some of the previous works schedules not yet commenced. We will keep you updated on the evolvement of the Estates Strategy over the coming months.

Will Executive reconsider the use of cigarette bins?

QUESTION:
Some time ago I aired my concerns about the removal of cigarette bins from outside University buildings. The vision that greets visitors to the University’s main reception in Cadman of hundreds of discarded cigarette butts on the newly laid pavement isn’t doing much to demonstrate civic pride, given the many thousands of pounds of public money that has gone into improving the streetscape. Will the University Executive as a matter of urgency reconsider this short sighted decision as it is clear that you will not change the habits of the smokers.

 

 

ANSWER:
The University no smoking policy prohibits smoking within 5m of buildings. This is for fire safety as well as to stop smoke from drifting in through doors and windows. Where we have smoking bins on campus, these should be sited at least 5m from buildings in compliance with the policy but on College Road the pavement immediately outside Cadman belongs to the Council so we can’t place smoking bins here.

Smoking waste is a problem in a number of areas, despite the domestic team sweeping up first thing every morning. We are currently reviewing our bins in conjunction with the landscaping design team and we are also looking at ways in which we can deal with smoking waste while supporting our no smoking policy.

What will happen to the daffodil bulbs on Leek Road?

QUESTION:
Can you tell me what has happened to all the daffodil bulbs that were on the mounds that have been flattened on Leek Road to make way for the landscaping? There are still some daffodils on the last remaining mound, can staff have some before these are flattened?

 
ANSWER:
The Grounds team is working closely with the landscaping contractors to make sure that the daffodil bulbs are retrieved where possible so that they can be enjoyed elsewhere on campus.

Will dangerous tree stumps be tidied up?

QUESTION:
Over by the Ashley building there is a grass embankment between the road and the Law building on the other side where they cut down the trees which were along the ridge. However, a lot of these were left without a ‘clean cut’ across the trunks so there are many which have quite substantial ‘spikes’ sticking up from what is left of the trunks. Are there any plans to tidy these up? I’m sure they must be considered as dangerous – apart from being a real eyesore.

 
ANSWER:
The work on the embankment referred to was being undertaken by the Landscaping Project team, AA projects.
All tree root stumps have now been removed (grubbed-up) as part of the Contract Works – thank you.

Why are more trees being cut down?

QUESTION:
I am just watching more really established trees being cut down on College Road…why is this? Just because they are in the ‘wrong’ place?

I know more are going to be planted, but surely there is no need to clear out all the trees that don’t fit the plan.

 
ANSWER:
Three trees have been removed close to the College Rd car park entrance by our University Grounds team. Two of these trees were dead and another showed signs of disease. We will be replacing these trees with a more suitable species that doesn’t carry the same disease risk, as we recognise the importance of trees to our environment.

Are the ‘campus move’ survey results ready?

QUESTION:
Hello can I ask if the results are known yet regarding the outcome of the staff/student survey regarding any possible campus moves?

 

ANSWER:
The survey received an incredible number of responses including a significant number of free text comments. All the responses are being analysed and the comments will be taken into account in developing the next stages of the consultation. We have already identified areas for further research/evaluation and will be engaging further with staff, students and other partners over the next few months.

Mellor Building regeneration

QUESTION:
I walked along the third floor of Mellor Building yesterday and was depressed to find it looking like a hastily abandoned Cold-War era science facility.

All of the labs and offices are open and most of these have furniture in various states of chaos. The corridor is also in complete darkness!

Surely it’d be a better idea to lock access to this corridor and put some nice signs up stating that this floor is subject to the university regeneration plan?

As it stands I can’t imagine any wandering/prospective students being terribly impressed.

 
ANSWER:
Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

We will be placing signs on the doors to the corridors to all unused floors and locking all doors leading from those corridors which will prevent access to the vacated teaching accommodation and offices.

Why are mature trees being removed from Leek Road?

QUESTION:
With the previous Ask Exec questions about cutting down of trees, I understand that some need to be removed for works being undertaken and will be replaced. However as far as I know the large trees on the hill behind the large AstroTurf pitch (towards Brindley) are not blocking any works, so why on earth are they being removed?

It is such a shame to lose such mature trees, which will doubtless be replaced with very young trees as part of the future landscaping works – at the moment it seems a nice green oasis in the middle of a built up area is being slowly destroyed.

 

ANSWER:
Many of the large trees are in very poor condition so are being replaced as part of the overall scheme but there is also work planned for the area indicated. When the project is finished, the whole of the Leek Road campus will be a much improved environment with safe, wide pedestrian routes and lots of green spaces.

How will parking at Blackheath Lane be managed?

QUESTION:
Could you please let us know how the parking will be enforced at Blackheath Lane? At those sites with a lodge and barrier, it’s easier to see how parking can be controlled, but at BHL it’s effectively an open car park, as the barrier is not manned.

Every morning there are lots of cars that pull into the BHL car park to drop off school children who go to the nearby school. Some drivers are a liability and literally just drive in to the car park and then stop, and there have been a number of near misses in the past due to this type of driving behaviour. There are also sixth formers who park at the BHL campus as they are not allowed to park at the school. Could you also please let us know how these aspects will be controlled at BHL?

 
ANSWER:
We are working with our landscape architects to investigate the feasibility of installing barriers and card readers at Blackheath Lane. Sixth form students will not be eligible to apply for a parking permit and so if they continue to park here they will be issued with a parking charge notice.