Wychwood Community Group

Working as a community to stop the development of 900 homes and re-open the Gorstyhill golf course


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Bond Themed Evening – Saturday 14th September

The committee has been advised that we need to raise further funds to bolster those already collected, in order to fight the inevitable planning application from Hunt when it arrives.

We will be having a ‘James Bond’ themed evening in the Claret Jug at Wychwood Park Golf Club on Saturday 14th September, including a disco and roulette & black jack tables.

We need to raise funds to about £5k and so would need to get about 200 attendees to the evening. We will soon be coming door to door selling tickets at £15 each.

We will also need prizes for an auction that we plan to have during the evening, so if anyone can help with prize donations, please drop me a message as below.

In view of recent caravan capers and Cheshire East Council’s failings; as a community we need to galvanise. Please support.

More details will follow, but if you can help, please come forward and email Paul Burt at paul@wychwoodvillage.co.uk.

Paul

PDF version of this email can be found here, https://wychwoodvillage.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/bond-themed-night-saturday-14th-september.pdf.

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Community Update – 26th July 2013

Wychwood Village CW2 Community GroupWelcome to our second update – a little later (and longer) than planned due to the recent events!

Firstly, what a great community we have – it was true Dunkirk spirit shown on Tuesday night in the face of adversity (travellers arriving on-site) and we really have pulled together again as a community. Lovely to meet even more residents and even better to be able to celebrate a positive outcome…

We have lots of exciting things going on, the lull is officially over!

The first of which is a meeting with Edward Timpson MP on the 9th August, which was requested by the committee. This is in light of a recent commons debate (link below) involving many MPs (unfortunately not ours), requesting changes to the national planning legislation, felt by many across the country to be failing. We note that Fiona Bruce MP for Congleton has taken a very proactive role in fighting the proposed developments within her constituency, and although Mr Timpson supports us and has links to our webpage on his, we hope he may also be able to take a more active role.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2013-07-17a.235.0&s=speaker%3A10051#g235.3

Councils such as Cheshire East are constantly being challenged by developers who appeal adverse planning decisions; these decisions are increasingly overturned by remote Government inspectors. We want to see our MPs standing up for, and supporting local people and councils.

Over the last few weeks we have begun talking to other local groups involved in the fight against speculative local developments. Although we are all in slightly different circumstances, we are all Cheshire East voters and residents, and should make our voice heard at both a local and national level – strength in numbers!!

An outside broadcast is arranged for the morning of 14th August by BBC Radio Stoke, who have done a great job highlighting the amount of proposed building in Cheshire East and the work of groups such as ours fighting it. Two members of the committee, Paul Burt and Andy Bailey our Chair, will be interviewed with as many residents as possible welcomed along – taking place at our very own Village Hall between 7am and 10am.

Our legal team have prepared an official constitution for the Wychwood Village CW2 Community Group and this will be emailed to each of you when it is finalised. One change necessary is that we are no longer residents etc. but “members” of the group – so from now onwards we will refer to everyone as that! Part of the constitution will be to formally set aims and objectives for the group – for this purpose we have set up a survey on our website to assess members’ wishes for the future use of the golf course, please complete ASAP, it will take seconds.

http://www.wychwoodvillage.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/poll-what-would-you-like-to-see-happen-with-the-gorstyhill-golf-club-land/

The meeting with Mr Hunt (Haddon) and his representative John Church is still on the cards but has been difficult to arrange due to holiday commitments on both sides. We are in regular contact (more so since Tuesday night) and it should still happen towards the end of August.

Our environmental group have started work on a film and are collecting clips and photos, whilst continuing to survey the surrounding area. Please do get involved over the summer if you can – it is an exciting project and something the kids will really enjoy too. A drop box has been set up for photos and film clips – at the moment we have to email the link individually so please contact us for details and we will send an invite! The film idea has really taken off – we have offers of aerial photos, skydives, a film company and soundtrack, as well as offers to launch it on YouTube as a campaign video and music video – we will have a launch night in the Village Hall with the completed version. These films will convey how beautiful the environment is here in a way that written reports and photographs are unable to.

We also have two guided walks prepared and both a butterfly and bat survey that can be completed, as well as the wildlife survey forms supplied at the family fun day. Local bat and barn owl groups have been contacted and we are trying to also arrange a bat walk / talk. More news to follow…

Last but not least from the Committee is our Bond Night – poor Paul Burt has been running around like a headless chicken trying to pull this all together. Our legal team have told us that we need £4-6000 set aside for when a planning application is submitted – hence our biggest fund-raising push so far. This is the big one and we need you all behind it to ensure success!! The night will involve a Black Tie Bond themed night with casino tables, licensed bar and dance floor. It will be on either Friday 13th or 20th September dependent on the venue, but probably the Village Hall or across at DeVere. We want to maximise profit whilst keeping it within walking distance.

Parking

As an addition to the above we also discussed the parking situation on the Village – a long held bone of contention amongst many, and due at least in part to the poor planning on parts of the estate, compounded by a lack of driveways to the front of properties. Whilst we have sympathy for those affected by these problems, the situation changed on one evening last week when a young boy was knocked down by a car on the ring road. He was lucky to escape with a large scrape to his back and severe bruising to his arm, and was taken to hospital by ambulance as a precaution. It was distressing not only for him and his family/friends but also to everyone that heard the impact and went to assist. Had the driver not been travelling so slowly this could have been dreadfully worse.

His mother has given us permission to highlight his accident, as cars parked on the road, blocking visibility to both drivers and small children, played a part. It is not our job as a committee to nag about this (perhaps a future residents association?) but we would just like to ask car owners to both drive slowly and park responsibly on the Village, and parents to encourage their children to play carefully especially on bikes and scooters. Nag over!!

Good to see the travellers gone and efforts are continuing to ensure no re-occurrence – we are investigating security options at the moment whilst also liaising with Haddon. Perhaps a residents group could be formed to take over these investigations and also consider setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme? (Although we do seem to have the start of a pretty effective one following Tuesday night’s gathering!) We are happy to help coordinate any volunteers.

Thanks for all of your support!


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Travellers on-site

Please be advised that travellers have broken down some fencing and settled outside the maintenance huts around 20:30 on 23rd July.

The police were called and joined by around 200 residents. The two men were arrested for criminal damage and assault, but the rest of them remain on-site with a few caravans (between 3-5).

Peter Hunt (owner of the land) has been informed and stated “will do what needs to be done”. We only hope that he reacts promptly to this matter as the police are unable to evict them from private land.

Please everyone be safe, vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or further encroaches to the police and us.

Remember, we all represent the wider community, so be sensible and we’ll get this resolved as urgently as we possibly can.


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Poll: What would you like to see happen with the Gorstyhill Golf Club land?

STICKY – This post is fixed to the top of the homepage for visibility, newer posts/news-stories may be found below.

Following some advice on a path we are pursuing, it was recommended that we create a survey/poll to gather opinion from residents, locals and community members on what should happen to the land that Gorstyhill Golf Club use to occupy.

Please have your say below:

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Note that all results will be kept private and used by the committee in future communications with parties involved.

If you would like to add a comment to explain your vote decision, please include below.


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Community Update – July 2013

Wychwood Village CW2 Community GroupWelcome to the first of more regular updates of the situation and progress so far, and also the launch of our new logo! The left hand leaf highlights the diverse environment surrounding us and the right hand flag representing the golf club.

We are in a period of limbo at the moment – Haddon/Hunt have applied to Cheshire East for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and have carried out sound checks in support of this – we do not know if any other environmental surveys have been undertaken by them. The EIA is a requirement of any planning proposals on a site of our size. We are therefore still expecting a planning application to be submitted to Cheshire East at some point.

Currently Cheshire East are defending their ability to show a rolling 5yr housing supply at an inquiry which started 16th July, initiated by developers. All appeals to planning decisions are currently on hold until the outcome of this inquiry is known. The new draft SHLAA (Local Plan) is expected mid to end Sept 2013, it will then be presented to Government, followed by a period of public consultation and the final document is likely to be completed and published early spring 2014.

Although all seems quiet, as a Committee we have been working very hard on your behalf behind the scenes. We now have a highly skilled and impressive legal team in place made up of residents, who have called in many favours to secure professional advice and support from experts in the field. Our legal team have drawn up a constitution for the Community Group and are advising us on several key areas to direct our fight. Although we have been offered much of our legal support free of charge, there are still expenses to cover and they initially look to be in the region of £4-6K, which needs to be raised urgently.

In view of this, our next fundraising event is in preparation – a Bond themed casino night, probably at the end of September – details to be confirmed soon. Please come and support this event – it is essential we raise the legal funds required and are ready to take on the planning application when it comes in – as we fully expect it will! If you have any other fund raising ideas please let us know.

We’d also like to welcome Jenny Moran to the Committee, as our official Secretary. Jenny is a great addition to the team and has been involved since the start with the environmental sub group and more recently taking minutes for our committee meetings. If there are others that have time available and would like to be more involved as a committee member, please let us know!

We are currently surveying the wildlife and environment, the more we understand our park and golf course, the better we can protect it. Survey forms are available for you and your family to complete if you want to become more involved – please request a copy. Two guided walks are also being finalised and the details will also be sent soon! We have many other exciting plans in the pipeline and will include them over the next few weeks.

You will soon receive 2 surveys for completion, one initiated by our legal team seeking confirmation of the community’s wishes for use of the golf course land and the second from the Parish Council, also seeking information on the residents’ views re development proposals within the Parish. It is essential that you complete and return both surveys when they arrive, as it will give both the Parish Council and ourselves, a mandate from which to fight these developments at a different level.

Lastly – please feedback on how much communication you would like and how often you would like to receive it, as we wish to keep you informed without bombarding you with mails. We are organising an open afternoon soon at the Village Hall for everyone to come along; meet the committee members and catch up with what is going on in an informal setting, but we will also send out regular emails, when possible, taking into account the holiday season.

Unfortunately until the Golf Course reopens and we know the land will not be included in any future planning proposal the fight still goes on, so we need to stick together as residents, locals and ex-golf club members and fight this to the end!


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Summer Social – Pimms in the Park

We would like to welcome you to the Wychwood Village CW2 Community Group summer social – Pimms in the Park.

Sunday 14th July between 2-4pm in the park close to the Maureen Campbell bench (down the side of the community hall into the open space)

Rounders and Cricket
Bring your own picnic and Pimms!

All welcome…weather permitting

(An informal gathering— no public liability insurance, take part at your own risk)

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