STRETTON-under-FOSSE PARISH COUNCIL
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EASENHALL - BRINKLOW ROAD ROAD CLOSURE - START DEFERRED
Crime report – Monks Kirby
Sunday 1st January 2012 until Tuesday 31st January 2012
The incidents detailed below are for public interest and for public consumption. Incidents of a domestic, violent or civil nature are not included.
06/01 – Theft – Brockhurst Lane, Monks Kirby
Report that sometime overnight, unknown persons had entered the building site and taken building tools. No CCTV and house-to-house enquiries were conducted.
15/01 – Theft – Brockhurst Lane, Monks Kirby
Report that sometime overnight, unknown persons had entered the building site and taken more tools. Both incidents have been crossed deferred.
Any information on the above incidents please call 01788 541111.
TOMV: Theft of Motor Vehicle
TFMV: Theft from Motor Vehicle
FSMV: Found Stolen Motor Vehicle
WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984, SECTION 14
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF C129 BRINKLOW ROAD, BRINKLOW
Warwickshire County Council propose to make a Temporary Traffic Order closing the above road C129 Brinklow Road, Brinklow, from Rugby Road to Town Thorns, to vehicular traffic.
The Order will commence on 27 December 2011 and will last for a period of 18 months, or until the works are completed, whichever is the earlier. However, it is anticipated the road will only be closed between 3 January 2012 and 31 March 2012.
The closure is required for reconstruction works to a canal bridge.
Pedestrian access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of road to be closed will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained where possible.
An alternative route will be signed and is available via: - C129 Brinklow Road/Harborough Road, B4112 Rugby Road, B4428 Coventry Road, Stretton Road, Lutterworth Road and Broad Street Brinklow to B4455 Fosse Way and C129 Rugby Road.
The Contractor dealing with this matter is May Gurney for British Waterways contact Richard Dewhurst (Tel: 0800 4799947)
The Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused. The person dealing with this matter at Warwickshire County Council is Kath Preston, County Highways (Tel: 01926 412515).
Message from Warwickshire Police - Crime Prevention advice
A G Needham
Head of Law & Governance
15 December 2011
House Burglary – Crime Prevention Advice
I have taken this opportunity to write to you at this time of year as we traditionally see an increase in house burglary that corresponds with it getting darker earlier. We typically find house burglaries happen during the daytime when householders are out. Houses are more easily identified as empty if they are in darkness in the late afternoon so a light on a timer may be a simple but effective measure.
As an additional warning some Euro Lock Cylinders that are now widely fitted to most replacement doors and patio windows have been found to be vulnerable to ‘bumping’. A key in design similar to the original is tapped and turned in the lock disrupting the internal mechanism and opening the lock without any external evidence or subsequent damage. Lock cylinders that protrude from the face of the door are also more at risk of being forced by a Euro lock breaker. Upgrades and lock treatments are available to make them more resilient to these types of attack. Anti bump and anti snap locks have a cylinder certificated to BS EN 1303 grade 5 and lock certificated to BS 3621:2007, BS 8621:2007 or BS 10621: 2007
I would encourage you and your neighbours if not already a member, to consider joining a local neighbourhood watch scheme or starting your own. We have an excellent community alert scheme that supports NHW and its 6,000 members. The collective protection offered by such schemes with visible signage across the county has been a principal contributor to the 25% reduction in this type of offence over the last 5 years. (2006/7 – 2010/11) The Force Watch Co-ordinator can be contacted on 01926 684286 or email email@example.com
If you would like to contact a Crime Prevention Specialist for further free and independent advice - their email/telephone numbers shown below.
Community Protection Manager
Crime Prevention Specialists
Ian King – South Warwickshire
01926 684279 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Owen – North Warwickshire
01788 853719 email@example.com
Behind the scenes. Fosse locality November 2011 featuring current local news and updates
Transport and highways update Issue 1 Autumn 2011
SUPERFAST BROADBAND UPDATE
This is the first of a series of newsletters that are intended to give regular updates on the project and to let you know how you can get involved. Please print copies for circulation to those who may not have email, as these are often the very people who would most benefit from being able to access on-line services through faster broadband in the future
Since the announcement that the Government was to make £530m available for the provision of superfast broadband in the rural areas there have been a succession of follow-up announcements. We are seeking clarification on a number of issues, but this is the position as we currently understand it.
The Government is making £4.07m available for Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire. There is a requirement that this amount should be match-funded from Local Authority capital funds, which is challenging given the current economic climate, although the spend can be spread over a number of years.
The Government ambition is to provide a minimum of 2Mbps broadband to all homes and superfast broadband to 90% of people by 2015. Superfast broadband has been clarified to mean at least 24Mbps. Coming behind this is an EU requirement that by 2020, fast broadband coverage at 30Mbps should be available to all EU citizens, with at least half European households subscribing to broadband access at 100Mbps. Clearly this is a significant uplift coming just a short time after the UK targets and this will have implications for the Local Broadband Plan.
We are still actively collecting data (see below) and hope to submit the Local Broadband Plan to Government in April next year. This document should show how we propose to improve broadband speeds across the whole of the sub-region, not just the rural areas, although it is only the rural areas that will receive Government funding.
What can you do to help?
How good is your broadband?
A key component of your Local Broadband Plan will be evidence of where specific problems exist across the sub-region. We therefore have to map this information and in order to do that we need your help.
If you have not already done so please complete the broadband survey that is located at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/superfastbroadband - there is one survey for domestic use and one for business use, so if you run a business or work from home please do both – and encourage your neighbours to do it as well because the more people that respond from a given area the higher priority it will be.
How close can fibre get to your property?
A (usually) simple way to improve broadband speeds is to put fibre to the BT cabinet. This is a green box by the side of the road which provides telecoms to a village or group of properties. We need to map the exact locations of these boxes so that we can establish what benefits might be gained from this type of upgrade.
Please register the location of your BT cabinet and any others you may come across. You can do this at http://4sfb.crowdmap.com/ and there is also an App for iPhone or Android so that you can do it whilst you are out and about!
Appeal Decisions Hearing held on 21 September 2010 Site visit made on 21 September 2010 by Diane Lewis BA(Hons) MCD MA LLM
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Application for change of use of land in Smeaton Lane Stretton under Fosse to a private gypsy caravan site. (Please scroll down)
Parish Council's letter to Rugby Borough Council Planning Dept., sent 5th October 2009 re: private Gypsy Caravan Site
Land at Smeaton Lane, Stretton under Fosse – R09/0826/PLN
This Council objects to this change of use of land within the Green Belt.
The Stretton under Fosse Parish Plan is to be used by the Borough Council as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications from 31st March 2008.
In the initial survey of residents undertaken in connection with the proposed Plan, environmental issues of most concern included protection of the greenbelt. This is reflected in the Parish Plan Action Plan for Green Belt preservation in the following terms: (the Parish Council will) “Support the major role this has played in controlling the unrestricted sprawl of large built up areas and safeguarding the countryside from encroachment by the usage of Local Plan policies for the Environment, Economic Development and Housing” and is given high priority in the Plan.
Policy H13 in the July 2006 Local Plan in the Housing Section declares that proposed Gypsy sites are to be outside the Green Belt which this site is not.
In completing the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy Consultation in August 2009 question GTQ1 was answered No as we were not sure this would reduce unauthorised sites, as this site currently is. Question GTQ2 we answered Yes as no other Option seemed to be available. The Council selected Option 2 as this it was considered might protect the Green Belt.
This Council also took account of the Core Strategy Options Paper of Rugby Borough Council of September 2008 and noted that the proposed broad locations suitable for Gypsy and Traveller sites did not include any part of the parish of Stretton under Fosse. Locations proposed should be within 1,000 metres from Rugby, Coventry, Nuneaton and Hinckley and designated Main Rural Settlements within the Rugby Borough: the site in Smeaton Lane is about 1200 metres from the edge of Brinklow, a Main Rural Settlement.
Gypsy Sites are included in the Housing Section of the Local Plan but the area within the village boundary is that which is subject to the Local Needs Settlement criteria; Smeaton Lane is outside the village boundary and remains subject to the Green Belt policies within that Plan which suggests these as a matter of policy should be more onerous than those required to satisfy the Local Needs criteria .
In Section 2 of the Design and Access Statement it is stated that Local Plan Policy H13 is out of date because Circular 1/94 and PPG3 have been replaced. As this Council understands the position however Circular 1/94 is replaced by Circular 01/2006 and surely paragraphs 48 and 49 in particular of that Circular should be applied. Likewise PPG3 has been replaced by PPS3 and paragraph 30 is applicable, we feel. In particular “Rural exception sites should only be used for affordable housing in perpetuity. A Rural Exception site policy should seek to address the needs of the local community by accommodating households who are either current residents or have an existing family or employment connection, whilst also ensuring that rural areas continue to develop as sustainable, mixed, inclusive communities.” The Applicants do not come near to meeting this criterion.
If the site was in fact used for storage of Heavy Plant in so far as this Council is concerned this use seems to be in conflict with our understanding of the authorised use, as agricultural land.
It is noted that the Applicants have given an address as c/o 8 Ryderway Lutterworth in Leicestershire. Whilst this appears to be an ordinary residential property, there is no suggestion that the family is homeless and it is therefore difficult to understand why at page 6 item (vi) reference is made to “Human Rights consideration.”
This application is for 2 vans and we wonder if this is in fact sufficient for the extended family in the long term. Further at page 2 it is stated “they (the Applicants) have travelled nomadically to make a living all their lives.” which suggests two things, that at some stage they will wish to move off this site, described at paragraph 4.3 page 5, to go to somewhere else and that some use of the site will involve some commercial use to enable them to earn an income.
Also it is noted that at section 13 it is stated that the site is not within 20 metres of a watercourse yet there is a stream which runs in front of the properties (Fog Cottages and Station House) on the other side of Smeaton Lane, less than 20 metres from the southern boundary of the site and in fact about 12 metres from the southern boundary of the site. Further at section 16 it is stated there are no trees or hedges on the site or adjacent land whilst in fact there are both in the site boundaries and on adjacent land.
This Council is particularly concerned as to services to this site having regard to the answer to question 12 Foul Sewage. There is available in Smeaton Lane mains water and electricity. There is no mains gas and heating of houses is therefore by propane gas or oil or electricity. There is, so far as this Council is aware, no mains sewer service available in Smeaton Lane. Certainly for Station House and the four Fog Cottages there is a private drainage system the actual facility being behind Station House itself and for Horseshoe Cottage, on the same side of Smeaton Lane as this site, has a Septic Tank in the curtilage of the cottage. “Portable Toilets” require emptying and it would be a serious concern in any area, not least a Green Belt area, that this seems to be envisaged as the long term solution, no septic tank nor cess pit being planned.
Finally it is this Council’s view that this proposed change of use will result in a loss of privacy for the residents in Smeaton Lane itself, the generation of additional vehicle traffic in Smeaton Lane (which is a true lane albeit used as a commuter run) and will have an adverse impact on the rural landscape which if permitted will starve the population of its heritage.
Gypsies – Local concerns, also sent to Rugby Borough Council PLanning Dept., 5th October 2009
Over 30 residents attended the meeting of the Parish council held on the 28th September 2009 to discuss the Application for change of use of the land in Smeaton Lane, Stretton under Fosse. Of those attending all were opposed to this proposal save one resident.
A number of issues were raised not all of which are reflected in the response of the Parish Council itself.
Some residents of Smeaton Lane itself said that following complaints over 10 years ago the use of the site for storage of heavy machinery was ended following action, and it is presumed that was by the Local Planning Authority?
It was felt that this long discontinued previous use should not be used to justify the proposed development in any way.
Others wanted to know if planning consent for this use for storage of plant, including the construction of hard standing, was ever granted by the Local Planning Authority.
Having regard to the application which refers to three trade vans and one car, this suggested to residents commercial activity and they were worried this would generate transport noise problems which had been a factor in the use of the site some 10 years or more ago by heavy plant.
General concern was expressed about sanitation and what was being done or was to be done in respect of emptying the chemical toilet (Portaloo) on site.
Further residents wanted to know what was happening about water supply now and of more importance in the future if consent were to be granted.
Residents also wanted to know if the new access to the site which had been created seemingly totally without planning consent had been agreed with the Highways Authority because it seemed to residents that visibility was extremely restricted, Smeaton Lane itself being a narrow and winding lane with poor visibility at certain points anyway.
There seemed to be some doubt as to the nature of the “entrance” at the further end of the site which had been blocked off in part by a fence. Residents thought it was just an opening in the hedge with no gate and queried if that access had ever been agreed with the Highways Authority.
As to the proposed fence on the Western end of the site it was considered that this was out of character with the notion of the Green Belt and so was the fence alongside Smeaton Lane itself and queried whether or not planning consent for that fence should have been sought.
The Housing Needs Survey report has been published (August 2007) and can be read here. This was a survey commissioned by the parish council in partnership with Warwickshire Rural Community Council and Warwickshire Rural Housing Association. The Parish Plan is completed and can be read here.
2012 Village Hall events here.
Up to date Parish Council Minutes and AGM 2012 Minutes can now be read here
Current items of public interest received by the Parish Council can be read here
The Freedom of Information Act model scheme adopted by Stretton under Fosse Parish Council can be read here
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