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Saturday, 20 April 2019

ONS Reduces Population Projection Figure for Coventry

Please note that the petition referred to below is addressed to Coventry City Council. It is not addressed to Warwick District Council, who are responsible for the proposed building at Westwood Heath

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A petition to preserve Coventry’s green belt land has gained more than 1000 signatures following the publication new population projection figures. The Coventry Green Belt campaign group has been formed in opposition to thousands of homes being built on ‘treasured’ open spaces on the rural fringes of the city.

It launched its petition in opposition to plans in Keresley, Eastern Green, Finham, Westwood Heath, Coundon Wedge, Exhall, and Cromwell Lane.

The petition demands the council urgently reviews its housebuilding plans and returns land to the green belt. The sites earmarked for housebuilding were protected green belt land but have now been declassified in Coventry City Council’s Local Plan, which claims to outline a need for 42,400 homes to be built in and around the city by 2031.

The figure is based on Office for National Statistics (ONS) projections for Coventry’s population to increase by more than a third. But the ONS this month released new figures showing that Coventry could have 17,600 people fewer than projected by 2026.

Campaigner, group member and ex-prospective councillor Merle Gering previously produced expert-backed research claiming to refute the city’s projected population explosion and therefore the need for mass housebuilding.

The petition is titled ‘Return Land in Coventry to Greenbelt’.

Mr Gering said: “Coventry City Council should begin a review of its Local Plan now, and return land to green belt. If there is hyper-population growth in Coventry – as the council claims – they are all ghosts or vampires. Latest government data shows they don’t vote, don’t go to A&E, don’t have babies or send children to school, don’t have cars, don’t receive state pension or ESA benefit, don’t use gas or electricity, and don’t produce household waste. Do they exist? Three world experts have looked at our case – on our website – and said ‘it is all compelling evidence.’ There is no need to build thousands of homes at Keresley, Eastern Green, Finham, Westwood Heath, Coundon Wedge, Exhall, or Cromwell Lane, for people who are not here. We can have the homes we actually need on brownfield sites and keep the beautiful Forest of Arden landscape. We need a people’s plan that delivers homes for ordinary people – like teaching assistants, nurses, care workers, firemen, shop workers can afford, to buy or rent – not the luxury four bed £400,000 palaces being planned.

The group says there are many reasons land should be returned to the green belt including concerns about increased air quality, traffic, loss of wildlife and strain on the NHS and local services.
Mr Gering says the true number of houses needed in and around the city is closer to 18,600, based on his research.

His analysis – which has been commended by Professor of  of Demography at Oxford University David Coleman and Newcastle University professor Tony Champion, an adviser to the ONS – estimates there could be more than 100,000 ‘ghosts’ in the projections for population growth by 2031.

For more news, events, and the full evidence, see the group’s website http://www.coventrygreenbelt.org/

Sign the Petition at
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/return-our-land-to-green-belt-coventry

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Local District Council Elections - 2nd May

These are the candidates who will be standing for Kenilworth Abbey and Arden District Ward.

It is understood that we have 3 votes. There are three candidates for each of the principal parties represented. You should be able to find three individuals worthy of your votes in the list below. Consider the list carefully, and be sure to vote...


The original document is here:
https://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/downloads/file/5370/kenilworth_abbey_and_arden_ward

Candidates standing in other district council wards can be found here:
https://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/downloads/download/1140/district_council_candidates_2019

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Dawn Chorus in Cromwell Lane

This is a 4-minute recording of the dawn chorus in Cromwell Lane.

The chorus begins at about 5am (GMT) and lasts for about 45 minutes.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Burton Green Neighbourhood Plan

A draft version of the Burton Green Neighbourhood Plan can be seen here:
http://www.burtongreenparishcouncil.org/uploads/1/0/0/6/100693498/np_draft_5.2.1.pdf


Please note that the iconic image of Burton Green on the cover of the Neighbourhood Plan (see above) shows a field adjacent to Westwood Heath Road, that is about to be covered by a housing estate!

A Community Meeting will be held on Sunday 24th March in the Village Hall, 10.00am to 1.00pm with coffee and refreshments included.

We hope you are able to take part in this event because we need to know what’s good about what has been done on the Neighbourhood Plan so far and what could be better. We have to be able to demonstrate that our Plan has been developed in response to the input of Burton Green residents so your views really do matter.

Please come along to the Village Hall on the 24th March and make a difference.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Draft Minutes of Residents' Association Committee Meeting March 13th 2019


Present

Dianne Adams; Hilary Cox; Paddy Deeley; Andy Gibbs; Judi Hibberd; Janet Hickinbottom; Bron Putnam; Rona Taylor; and Faith Ward.

In attendance: Fiona Anderson, CAVA


1.Apologies and Minutes of the January meeting

Apologies had been received from Helen Hehir and Mary Webb. The committee was pleased to hear of Mary’s successful hip replacement.


Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Ask Hodgett’s Lane resident about overgrown hedgeRona
Progress Red Lane Shelter projectFaith and Mary
Inform Westwood Heath residents about Santa SleighMary (at appropriate time)
Communication with PC regarding preceptPaddy and Andy
Overgrown hedge near bridge on Cromwell LaneRona
Next meeting agenda item re BGRA membershipJudi
Production of anti-litter posterRona



Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

See Minutes of January 23rd

The minutes of the January 23rd meeting were approved.

Matters Arising from the previous minutes
  • Hodgett’s Lane overgrown hedge – Rona would try again to contact the residents concerned.
  • Red Lane shelter project – still to be progressed
  • Treasurer’s report had been re-sent.
  • Blocked drains had been reported
  • Shed break-ins – response had been sent

All other matters arising had been covered or were to be agenda items.


2. Fiona Anderson, Rural Capacity Officer - presentation

Fiona is the Rural Capacity Officer working for Warwickshire Community Voluntary Action.

https://www.wcava.org.uk/about-us

CAVA provides a single point of access for everyone who wants to engage in community and voluntary action. Fiona explained her work tackling rural isolation. The group can provide signposting to potential funding and tackles issues such as internet and telephone scams, safeguarding and governance. She was thanked for attending and providing information.


3. Treasurer's Report

A report had been circulated. Dianne explained the items. There were no questions.


4, Residents' views/concerns

  • Cala Homes – is there a site office yet? Paddy agreed to continue to liaise with the site manager who was always very helpful. 
  • Rubbish dumped in the ditch outside the site would be removed by Cala Homes even though it had not come from the site.
  • There had been some complaints regarding water from the site puddling on Red Lane.  It was agreed this needed to be monitored but that the situation was likely to improve as site development reached a conclusion. 
  • Nearby residents had complained about lights being left on all night in some of the properties. Cala Homes had been approached about this and explained it was their security policy. Once site security was established it was hoped the lights could be extinguished. 
  • Lorries were travelling past the school in Hob Lane and presented a danger, especially at each end of the school day when there was always congestion on the narrow lane. Cala Homes could not force delivery lorries to use other routes as that had not been included in the planning permission, but they had ordered signs recommending a different route.
  • Subscriptions. At the last meeting it had been agreed to investigate including funding in the precept to avoid collecting subscriptions from an ever-growing population in the village and to cover basic BGRA expenses and administration costs. Paddy and Andy, both Parish Councillors, agreed to pursue this to ascertain if this had been included in the precept. Action: Paddy and Andy
  • It might be necessary to add a clause to the constitution to explain that all residents were automatically members of the Residents’ Association (unless they specifically wished to withdraw). This would be considered at the next meeting Action: Judi
  • Lunch for retired and friends of BG, April 26th .This was being arranged. Volunteers to assist were always welcome.  Further publicity of the event would be circulated on the loop.
  • Report from Waste Partnership conference. Rona had attended and reported back on some of the presentations with a focus on recycling and using “waste” food. She said it was an annual event and would be worth attending every year.
  • Report from Kenilworth Forum, March 5th Thanks to residents’ votes, there would be 10 police speedwatch sessions on Cromwell Lane. Walking for Health was another project to tackle isolation and bowls sessions at Castle Farm were also highlighted. A grant had also been given to the Kenilworth Greenway group that oversees the Kenilworth end of the Greenway.
  • Rona had attended the Balsall Common presentation evening. The £500 collected by the Santa Sleigh in Burton Green was presented to our chosen charity Canley Community Centre with an additional £100 from the Lions. This was gratefully received by the Centre representative who explained some of their work especially with children in the area.
Other concerns/views included:
  • The overgrown hedge on Cromwell Lane near the Greenway. Rona agreed to visit the householders.
  • Roadworks which probably had little communication between HS2 and various services. A resident’s letter highlighting the problems to HS2 had been copied to BGRA.
  • Crime Prevention – Mary was liaising with our community police to arrange a meeting on Sunday June 9th.
  • Bus timetable – slight amendments to the bus services were not displayed at the bus stops.  WCC were responsible for this and had been informed.  New timetables had been distributed with the recent edition of the Bugle.

5. Village Hall

A date of the end of 2020 was still anticipated as the date for the completion of a new hall.
There was nothing more to report.


6. Parish Councillor's Report

There was nothing further to report.


7.  Any Other Business

  • A breakfast was to be held in support of Kenilworth Helping Hands on Sunday April 28th
  • Pupils at Burton Green School had been involved in the design of a poster to deter littering from passing cars.  A design was to be chosen and Faith would investigate having it printed and erected at key points. Action: Rona
  • The committee wished to thank John Webb for his continued support in the research and production of interesting articles for the Bugle and for maintaining such an excellent website for Burton Green.


8. Date, time and venue of Next Meeting

The next committee meetings were scheduled for

 May 15th,  July 17th, Sept 11th, AGM Sept 30th, Nov 27th