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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Wychwood Village Chairman’s Statement – 2nd July 2014

Sunday’s Family Fun Day was again a resounding success and many thanks have to go to Paul Burt and his team of helpers, sponsors and judges (special thanks to the Ladies from Pool Farm Vets) who once again created a fantastic day enjoyed by hundreds of residents and guests from far and wide, I believe we even had people from Skelmersdale visiting for the day! Overall we have raised around £900, and just as importantly further cemented our community spirit as well as helping to promote a number of local businesses and charities.

We are already planning another more adult based event, which is likely to be a repeat of last years’ hugely successful “Bond Themed Casino Night”. Volunteers to help organise this are always required so come forward now while the Community Spirit is still high. I also look forward to another Family Fun Day in 2015…

Whilst we congratulate ourselves let’s also think about why we are doing this, which is to prevent Peter Hunt and Haddon from building 900 houses on the redundant golf course, which is now nicely developing as a Nature Reserve. The longer it carries on like this the better, as although the Golf Course is always recoverable, the more species of flora and fauna that appear will make life more difficult for Hunt.

The next step in our fight to stop the development is a crucial one, and that is the Examination in Public of the Cheshire East Local Plan, which thankfully does not include the Wychwood Village site. Haddon are challenging the Local Plan and promoting our site as an alternative to the proposed South Cheshire Village site around Crewe Hall, and whilst the facts clearly don’t matter to a greedy, speculative developer, we have to defend ourselves against Hunt and his team. We are planning to present our case at the Examination in Public (subject to confirmation, and we are supported in our quest by Local Councillors and Edward Timpson MP), and are busy preparing that case. The Examination in public is scheduled to start in mid-September, through to end October, but we will confirm the dates and format as soon as we know.

For those of you still concerned about issues with Parking, School Buses, State of the Golf Course, the Maureen Campbell bench and the Country Park in general why not come along to the Parish Council meeting on Thursday 10th at 7:30pm in the Church Hall in Weston. It is an opportunity to show that we want, and demand, the Parish Council (and our local councillors) step up and support our concerns. For the past couple of meetings a member of the Committee has been virtually the only resident attending. Your support will aid our common cause.

PS: We found a navy blue boys hoodie for a 3 year old when clearing up at the Family Fun Day on Sunday, it is at 16 Pastures Drive, if you want to collect it.

Trevor Sandry
Chairman – Wychwood Community Group