The usual updates about the flood defence work, and Aida/Bliss redevelopment and a look at some of the lovely community events (socially distanced!) that have been going on in lock down. Sunday would have been the fifth ‘Picnic on the Green’ event, which actually started in 2016 to help celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. It went so well, we’ve held it every year since…..we hope to bring this back again next year, but in the meantime, here’s a video documenting the 1st (by Lucia who lived on St. Paul’s Road at the time!)
Download this month’s newsletter below, and please share to anyone you know as still no printed copies this month!
Our third newsletter in lockdown, but hopefully the last one (possibly!) that is electronic only!
We’ve still got some good community initiatives in the area, like the Chester Green Treasure Hunt Quiz and the Little Chester Library and St. Paul’s Toy Swap Shop! There’s also updated details on the Aida Bliss Development and a request from our Local MP (Amanda Solloway) for local residents to ask questions via her Zoom surgeries!
Unit C, 2 City Road (next to the Fish and Chip Shop and Dessert Stop) are applying for a license for alcohol, live and recorded music. I know this unit has caused issues in the past (when it was a shisha bar), with noise problems and also other issues with the visitors to this particular establishment, so I’m bringing to everyone’s attention so they can comment if they wish.
Below is the notice on the council’s website, and I’ve attached the docs to this post too.
If you would like to submit any representations (comments!) they need to be made under the one or more of the licensing objectives:
In this month’s newsletter there are lots of positives to be aware of. We can’t print and deliver it, of course, so please share this with everyone you know via phones/whatsapp or any other messaging service you have your neighbours on! THE FLOOD DEFENCES ARE FINISHED…..hooray…..we’re watertight, and there are some lovely window display and other ideas for the area, along with a community VE day well dressing celebration in the pipeline, which should work even if we’re all still in lock down!
This month there’s new details on the Aida/Bliss redevelopment. There are still many challenges to overcome to enable residential development so close to the flood defences and incorporating the iconic factory building on what has always been an industrial site. The council have announced a website in order to keep us up to date with their proposed Aida/Bliss factory redevelopment. Details can be found at http://www.derby.gov.uk/aidabliss
Details on the final finishing off of the flood defences in Chester Green are also included (nearly finished….hooray!) and we’re keeping a close eye on these finishing touches!
Despite objections from local residents, Darley Ward Councillors, Emergency Planning officers and Council Drainage officers, the City Council’s Planning case officer recommended for approval the application by Honeypot Investments to convert the historic former Bridge Inn into four apartments plus ground floor offices. This was particularly worrying given the council’s own Highway’s Land Drainage officer who objected strongly: “…a building of this age in close proximity to the flood defences should not be used for residential use at all as we are still of the opinion that the development is inherently unsafe in flood risk terms. The building should only receive planning permission for less vulnerable uses.” The full planning committee report can be found here.
All this, and more can be found in the newsletter linked below:
It’s nearly December, the poppies are down, we survived the great floods of 2019 with excellent filling of the holes in our new flood defences by NMCN (due to be watertight/complete in December!) and we’re gearing up for a festive Chester Green with the Chester Green Window Trail, the Camp Street Illuminations, and the Chester Green Tree Lights……word on the street is that it might be on both sides of the Green this year……!
Below are the newsletters (Novembers too, as I forgot to put it online last month!) and the Chester Green XMas Window Trail map and competition form. These will be posted to everyone soon, but you saw it here first. Do share to non-Chester Greenies so they can take part too! Ho Ho Ho!
The Residents’ Association has it’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 10th September at 7.30pm in the Centurian Walk Common Room on Old Chester Road. Do come along and hear both what we have to say, and air your own views on all things Chester Green/Little Chester.
There’s a Family Quiz Night at the Community Centre on the 14th September, which are always great fun, with rounds for all ages and abilities!
There’s also the latest updates from the flood defense works from Our City Our River (OCOR) including more details on the refurbishment of the Cricket Pavilion and the sports provision at Darley Fields 🙂
We’ve had a number of people reporting issues/crimes to us, and not to the police, recently! Even if you think the police may be too busy to respond to your issue/view, please do contact them anyway. We can’t report things 2nd hand, and the more information the Police have, the more likely they’ll commit resources to an area if needed and/or react quicker. It’s really easy to report things, these days, so:
if you see a crime in progress, report it to 999.
However, if you want to report something else (that doesn’t require an emergency response) you can: