July 2019 Newsletter

Here’s next month’s newsletter (early, I know…..get me!) First, the bad news….the council have turned down the GNC Vehicle Car Heritage and Skills proposal for the historic Union Foundry building. If, like us, you disagree (due to the many points we’ve raised before), do sign and share this petition

http://chng.it/r2CxWVWZr2

Here’s the newsletter. New editor for the foreseeable, but hopefully no change in the useful and timely local content!

Highlight this month will be the 3rd Picnic on the Green event (Sunday 9th July!)

Council Turn Down Heritage Vehicle and Skills Centre in Chester Green

Extremely sad and disappointing news that Derby Council have blocked the regeneration of the Aida Factory in its current state (The GNC Car Heritage project would have kept this locally listed buiding…..the council’s current plans knock it down…..and yes…..it was the regeneration dept. that were involved in blocking this regeneration!) . This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the site, and Little Chester/Chester Green.

From Shaun Matthews at the Great Northern Classics Car Heritage project. We wish Leicestershire/Nottinghamshire well with this excellent venture that they will now benefit from 🙁

“Union Foundry (Aida) Little Chester – Heritage Vehicle and Skills Centre

Dear All

It is with great sadness that I have to report that we have arrived at the end of the road. Although we still await formal confirmation from Derby City Council, it appears we will not establish our Heritage Vehicle and Skills Centre at the Union Foundry in Chester Green unless there is an early and unexpected change of heart. We have pressed as hard as we can but minds now seem set and for the sake of the higher aims of the GNC project now is the time to draw a line under Derby.

Our proposal was enthusiastically received across the council and the wider community but was apparently stymied by a bureaucratic wormhole resulting from the source of the funds the council used to purchase the site. To overcome this we have proposed ways to design a mixed-use development (60+ homes plus our project), were prepared to fully reimburse DCC their purchase price (effectively making the flood wall land nil cost) and even offered the Council a substantial stake in our operation. Unfortunately, despite many of the officers and elected members agreeing the GNC project was the best outcome, the Council didn’t navigate around this funding issue, instead choosing to press on with housing in spite of the technical difficulties, heritage implications and local resident’s concerns. I genuinely, for the sake of the Little Chester residents wish DCC success in this endeavour.

You may recall that we started our journey nearly 2 years ago hoping to occupy the Bonded Warehouse at Friargate Goods Yard but it wasn’t feasible to bridge the funding chasm to restore. There are no other appropriate buildings in the City and therefore the Union Foundry was the only viable site for us. Consequently, with this now unavailable I can no longer see how we can open in Derby – This means that this magnificent building will be demolished bar it’s façade, we cannot look forward to the regeneration and economic benefits, save the skills or offer the opportunities to local artisans and training to the city’s youngsters. Simply we cant do that very good thing.

So, with a heavy heart, our search for a home has now moved to other East Midlands Cities. I hope that some of you can continue to be involved wherever we settle, to those who can’t or won’t make the move, I am very sorry and for your support and considerable effort I thank you on behalf of all of us at GNC, it’s been an absolute pleasure.

Watch this space!

Yours Sincerely

Shaun Matthews”

The most frustrating thing about this is that the council don’t even have any firm plans for the building. They did draw up plans for family homes (social housing), which we informed them wouldn’t be suitable as there were ground floor (and some ground floor only) dwellings. They also hadn’t put in safe egress to higher ground, which is now needed when proposing houses on a flood plain in close proximity to the flood wall…… so, after much expense, they finally listened to us and got advice from other depts. (can’t believe they didn’t do this in the first place) and scrapped the lot…..because clearly they’re rolling in cash.

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Now we’re told the new plans being drawn up aren’t designing in safe egress to higher ground either (we’ve been told it will be added, retrospectively, after the plans have been drawn up by our own staff). Oh, and the council will have to self insure the buildings because insurance companies won’t insure new builds on a flood plain (as they’re not covered by the governments flood re scheme https://www.floodre.co.uk/ ), and they want to build 100% social housing, which we have lots of in Chester Green already…….

Did we also mention that two large development companies, in the past, couldn’t overcome these problems either with major objections from the environment agency, among others regarding the points made above (similar to the objections made recently about the planned conversion of the Waterside Inn up the river into flats by both the environment agency and the councils own planning dept.)……now you know why the council got the site below the going price for residential land…..because it isn’t land suitable for residential use….

So, they turned down a well formulated and presented plan, which keeps the locally listed building in a conservation area for something closer to its intended use (and doesn’t demolish it, like the residential plans will need to), adds to the local economy, trains people in a skilled profession and would sit very well between the Silk Mill museum and the world heritage site up the river, for something that is poorly thought out and could quite easily never come to fruition……. slow clap for Derby Council’s ‘regeneration’ department…….

March Newsletter and Aida Development News

Below is this month’s Newsletter, which will be winging it’s way to you very soon. All the usual news and information, but there is also a new, potential option for the redevelopment of the Aida factory on City Road. We’ve now got permission to share the promo video, so do please have a look. Comments welcome!

The community centre will have a family Quiz night on Friday 5th April, which is always a good night. The last quiz was very popular, so do come along. Children welcome, and rounds for all ages!

Also, do save the date for Chester Green Event Teams 2nd annual fashion show (all proceeds going to this year’s Picnic on the Green event)! It was a great event last year, and will be on Friday 3rd May, 2019

LCRA December Newsletter!

Well, it’s the month of Christmas, so here’s everything that’s going on in Chester Green over the festive period!  I’ve also attached the November newsletter, as I forgot last month!

We’ve got the excellent XMas window trail, where over 50 windows are taking part.  Spot the XMas pudding to be put into a draw to win a prize draw.

There’s the Christingle service on Sunday 2nd December at 4pm (St Paul’s) and the excellent Carol service (with live brass band….not to be missed!) on 16th December at 7pm.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church also have a Carol Service on 14th December at 6.30pm.

Lots of other news and info, attached below!

LCRA December 2018 Newsletter
LCRA November 2018 Newsletter
Chester Green XMas Window Trail PDF

 

LCRA October 2018 Newsletter

Below is this month’s newsletter….and what an exciting month October is going to be!

6th October, there’s a circus skills workshop at the Community Centre with the awesome Chango Fuego (https://www.changofuego.com/)  This is not to be missed and will be great fun for all ages!

There’s also a quiz night on the 12th, and the now infamous Halloween Disco on 27th.

Sunday October 7th is your last chance to visit the Little Chester Heritage Centre (open 2pm – 4pm at St. Paul’s Church).  If you’ve never been, do pop in and have a look!  It’ll be closed after this until April!

The big news this month is that the Council are planning on developing the former Aida Bliss factory site themselves.  Their current plan is to develop predominately Council/Social Housing on the site with none, or very view, available for private sale…..  (we’ve had an introductory meeting with Ian Fullagar, Head of Strategic Housing for Derby City Council and Chris Morgan, Principal Regeneration Manager).  However, they are about to start ‘consultation’ with local residents and groups.  Plenty are currently airing their views on the Facebook page….do come in and get involved (or leave comments on this website)!  We’re currently in discussions with the council regarding how the official consultation will be carried out, and also exactly what their plans will be….so watch this space!  More details when we have them.  https://www.facebook.com/LittleChesterResidentsAssociation/

LCRA October 2018 Newsletter

August & September Newsletters

I seem to be posting these in pairs, now!  Below are the August and September Newsletters.  You’ll have already received August’s, and September’s is on it’s way!  Do have a look!  Comments always welcome!

August 2018 Newsletter

September 2018 Newsletter

June and July Newsletters

I’m afraid I’ve taken my eye off the ball, somewhat, and forgotten to upload the last two newsletters!  My apologies.  You will have all received the printed copies some time ago, but here are the electronic versions!

LCRA June 2018 Newsletter

LCRA July 2018 Newsletter

March and April Newsletters!

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Sorry these are a bit late, but the March and April LCRA newsletters are below!  This month, there’s exciting news about a community orchard, the latest on the flood defences, puppets(!), the History Group talks, a fantastic Fashion Show (beginning of May!) and more!

LCRA Newsletter March 18

LCRA Newsletter April 18

It’s beginning to look a bit…..

….like Christmas!

The Chester Green Christmas Window Trail will officially start from 6th December.  You may have already noticed some of the windows going up in local businesses and houses, and if you find the house with the XMas Pud in the window, and return your map, you’ll be entered into a prize draw!

We also featured on BBC Radio Derby last Friday.  You can have a listen to our 5 minutes of fame below:

Also, below is the newsletter which will be delivered, along with a copy of the XMas trail map, any day now.  There plenty going on this month including the candle lit carol service, at St Paul’s Church on the 15th December, 6.30pm (with live brass band!).  All the important info is attached below.  Hope you all have a great December!

LCRA Newsletter December 17

 

LCRA October Newsletter and XMas Window Trail!

Attached below is this month’s newsletter (which is coming to you in printed form as we speak!)  Lots of up and coming events this month including the excellent Halloween Disco at the Community Centre (always a great event!)

Chester Green Events Team are also running the Chester Green XMas Window Trail again this year (after last year’s very successful pilot!)  We had BBC Radio Derby feature us live on a morning slot and it was a great little advert for our area 🙂  If you’d like to be involved this year (you’ll be included on a little map), then do get in touch.

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On a more serious note, the newsletter gives updates on the Aida Bliss factory and how we’re continuing to try and convince the owners to make the building safe (as we have been doing for many months, now) and also news that the incinerator on Alfreton Road has been recommended for approval by the council planning officer, even though there are over 400 objections (although the actual planning meeting was put back for some reason).  The council planning seem to be more concerned with local residents using correct materials when replacing doors and windows, and turning down extensions, than they are with dangerous buildings (allowing the Aida Bliss building to remain in its current state) and potentially air polluting waste incinerators.  Is our conservation area status and council planning really fit for purpose?  If you’ve had issues with the council planners, I’d like to hear from you.

LCRA October 2017 Newsletter