NEW COUNCILLOR CO-OPTED
Mr Ian Millard was co-opted onto Great Alne Parish Council at the recent Parsih Council meeting on Monday 10 March 2014 and warmly welcomed. Ian works locally and aside from his family, enjoys golf and is a Villa fan.
Great Alne has a Film Club with screenings usually on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm.
For other information about what's going on at the Memorial Hall please click here for further details.
- The sales and marketing suite is now open five days a week Thursday-Monday with access via Park Lane. Residents are encouraged to go and have a look -there is a scale model of the finished project
- The main building programme is sue to commence early April
- URV have made good progress with negotiations with the Cricket Club
- Signage – URV put in a planning application for further signage which has subsequently been withdrawn
- See www.maudslaypark.co.uk/index.html for further details
STRATFORD STRATEGIC HOUSING LAND AVAILABILITY ASSESSMENT- GREAT ALNE
A development proposal has emerged out of Stratford District Council's Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) for Great Alne. The SHLAA forms part of the evidence for SDC's development Core Strategy, under which Great Alne has been designated a 'Local Service Village' (1 of 39 in the District) because of the existence of the primary school and public transport together with the size of the settlement. Great Alne scored 6 against the SHLAA criteria and comes in Group 3 with a proposed scale of housing development of 26-50 dwellings up to 2028. The Parish Council had not been consulted during this exercise.
Stratford District Council (SDC) have identified a 17 acre field of land to the south of School Road (GR10), which belongs to local landowners, as a potential site for new development. If this is pursued, the landowners would like to achieve maximum benefit for and minimum impact on the community of Great Alne and consequently would like to enter a dialogue with both residents and the Parish Council at this early stage. The preliminary plan indicates that only part of the field would need to be developed.
Preliminary meetings have also been held with Great Alne Primary School as they doorstep the site, with a view to finding opportunities and options to improve school facilities and those of the community eg improved car parking, playing fields, replacement/relocation of temporary classrooms.
The SHLAA exercise had previously generated a call for potential sites to provide housing in line with the dispersal strategy. The landowners in question had not responded at that stage. Landscape sensitivity studies were also carried out, establishing ‘broad locations' where housing development is considered feasible and to be encouraged, but where specific sites cannot yet be identified.
You can have a look at both the SHLAA Review 2012 and the Landscape Sensitivity Assessment by clicking on the relevant external link on the right of this page. The Landscape Sensitivity Aseesment document title is misleading- the assessment does also include Great Alne. The information for Great Alne starts on page 22. There are plans on pages 22-24 and reports on the 11 parcels of land reviewed from pages 25-57. Parcel GR10 can be found on pages 52-54. See also page 12 in the SHLAA Review for the 'broad location' of the field.
It should be stressed that the above proposals are preliminary and by no means certain to go ahead: No planning application has been submitted. District & County Councillor Mr M Gittus is charged with obtaining clarification on the scale of future housing numbers in Great Alne in light of previous assurances that the Maudslay development would satisfy any house building requirement under the Core Strategy.
E-ROAD E 5998 BETWEEN SPERNAL LANE AND COUGHTON FIELDS LANE
The Parish Council has approved a small budget to assist with an action plan to improve the condition of this E-road. It has been agreed that a fence will be erected approximately 1m from the edge of the green lane and close to the scrub on the left hand side from Coughton Fields Lane up to the open field. Thick posts/tree trunks will be set into the ground either by digging holes or using a post rammer. Materials will be provided by Mr Felix Dennis. The Police will monitor the area more closely once the plan is implemented.
GREEN BURIAL SITE UPDATE
Directly ahead of the November Parish Council meeting, the councillors present met with David Bliss, Dorsington Farm Estates (Felix Dennis) and Keil McConville, an architect from Baumschlager-Eberle (BE), the winners of a competition to design a new reception building for the Green Burial Site. The competition has been endorsed by RIBA and determined by a panel chaired by its president. Mr McConville presented information about his firm's winning innovative design. BE were interested in this project as they felt they could offer a positive contribution in terms of sustainability- both contextually and socially- integrating a “larger than building response" and a “sense of place". The Reception building, called ‘Floating Trees', will occupy less floor space and will be lower in height than the existing property. The roof comprises a photovoltaic membrane which will generate heat for both water and heating in three ‘pods' containing a café, office and reception area. For a brief view of this winning design please copy and paste this link http://oi42.tinypic.com/fcjnkm.jpg
The Chair recommended that the project leaders engaged in letter box communication with residents in the locality and perhaps could consider offering an information Q & A presentation. The proposed plans are on the Parish Council website. A formal planning application for the redesigned Reception building will be submitted shortly.
RECYCLE EVEN MORE IN STRATFORD DISTRICT!
Stratford District Council have now added the following items to their kerbside recycling collection service:
- Small household electrical and electronic equipment eg kettles, calculators, mobile phones & chargers, cameras, clocks
- Textiles eg clothes, sheets, curtains, towels
- Household batteries
All items must fit into a carrier bag- simply put the items in separate carrier bags, tie them up and place them alongside (not in) either bin on any normal collection day.
For more information please contact 01789 260616 or visit www.stratford.gov.uk
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAVE £74.90 PER 1000 LITRES OF HEATING OIL?
Butler Fuels won the November order negotiated with local suppliers by Warwickshire Community Oil Syndicate and members saved a huge 7.49 pence per litre against the average market price (and a massive 23pence saving against the market high). What a result! Members paid only 53.8pence per litre – what did your supplier charge?
In addition thr Syndicate's LPG cylinder prices haven't risen for seven consecutive months whilst their LPG bulk is still being offered at 43p per litre despite rises across the industry.
As a charity that works exclusively in Warwickshire's rural communities they are delighted with these results and hope you might be tempted to join them. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sarah Brooke-Taylor on 01789 472611.
CSW HIGH SPEED BROADBAND PROJECT
CSW Broadband expects to be able to make its first announcements towards the turn of the year as to who will have the benefit of superfast broadband. In the meantime they do have an indicative map on their new website but this is at high level only- as it will be subject to change until announcements are made. In addition to a new website with new maps and graphs, new literature is being prepared and champions are required in many areas, particularly in Solihull.
For more info see www.cswbroadband.org.uk
Please let the Parish Council know of any local issue that is causing you concern. You can use the Contact Us form in the Information section of this website, or ring the Parish Clerk on 07833 790375 or alternatively email email@example.com.
If you have something you would like to report to Stratford District Council you can do this using their on-line forms. Anything from abandoned vehicles, unruly dogs to fly tipping can be reported, just click on the link on the right of this page (External Links).
WARWICKSHIRE POLICE, ALCESTER SOUTH SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM
Each month a Community Newsletter is produced by the Alcester South Safer Neighbourhood Team that includes details of crime in the area (including Great Alne) and an incident overview. Please see the website for further details and a contact list for the team.
DIAL A RIDE
The Community Links scheme operates a 'dial a ride' service to residents of Great Alne on Monday to Fridays between 0930 and 1430. The service is available to people of all ages where conventional public transport is unavailable or very limited, and for people with mobility difficulties. The cost of the service is £1.50 per single journey and people need to contact Community Links on 01789 264491 in advance to make a booking.
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT COMMUNITY FORUMS?
The Community Forums are an advisory body, which act as a key vehicle for the community engagement within the locality. Members of the public can raise issues of concern and wherever possible, together with relevant agencies, solutions to those concerns can be worked out. The date of the next forum meeting will be advertised here when available.
If you would like to suggest an issue for a future Community Forum meeting, or get involved, please contact Warwickshire County Council Stratford Area Office on 01789 290784 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PARISH COUNCIL NEWSLETTER
Regularly the Parish Council endevours to compile a newsletter containing relevant and up to date information about events and issues within the parish. It is the intention of the Parish Council that every home within the parish boundary receives a copy of this newsletter, however, things can go wrong and if you have not been receiving your newsletter then please let us know, or download a copy from the list on the right hand side of the page. If you would like to receive the newsletter by email then please let us know by contacting email@example.com
If you wish to suggest material to be included in the newsletter then please feel free to contact the Clerk, or make your suggestion known at the next Parish Council meeting - a full list of meeting dates can be found on the home page.