New Cycle Track Posts and Signs

You may have noticed new grey posts and signs being errected over the last few days in and around Chester Green. These have been installed without any consultation with the councils Built Environment, and the local conservation officer was unaware of the work. They stick out like a sore thumb!

The local conservation officer has now been informed and we’re working to get the posts replaced with something a little more fitting for a victorian conservation area!

Lib. Dems. Blackout Article

The Blackout article in the latest Lib. Dems. leaflet caught many of us by surprise. All of the comments we have received abouts the new lights are complementary, and all have prefferred the victorian look which fits in with a victorian conservation area well!

When the councillors were approached at their last surgery (in the church hall) we did receive an apology for the inclusion of this article. Following our survey of the residents of Chester Green Road, none had complained to the Liberal Democrats about the lamps. Apparently only one person had complained about the lights that did not live on Chester Green Road! Clearly our councillors hadn’t achevied anything this quarter for the residents of Chester Green and so jumped on the first complaint they got!

We are now pressing ahead to try and get these lamp tops installed at the other end of Chester Green Road and St. Paul’s Road following, of course, a survey in the very near future to make sure these are what the residents do definitely want.

Wimpey Development – Alfreton Road

We are sorry to report that after letters by members of the Committee and several residents also the speech given by our Chairman at the Planning Control Committee Meeting on the 8th March, 2007, development on the Bristol Street Motors site was given the go-ahead.

There is a serious concern in Chester Green regarding the lack of family housing in the area and the consequence that couples and young families are reluctantly being forced to look outside of the area to find suitably sized family accommodation. The majority of the Victorian housing stock in Chester Green is two bedroom terraced, with only a small proportion of larger three bedroom houses.

The recent developments in Chester Green in Drage Street, in Caesar Street, the development in progress at the junction of City Road and Mansfield Road and the proposed development on the Coach and Horses car park are all one and two bedroom apartments. None of these developments have addressed the serious lack of family housing in Chester Green i.e. three bedroom houses.

In fact these recent developments being popular with investors in the buy to rent market are significantly changing the balance of the community towards short term renting and away from long term family ownership. This is resulting in an adverse effect on the “village community” in Chester Green, an area which is particularly suited to young families with its open spaces and access to parks and recreational areas.

Paragraph 10 of PPG3 Planning Guidance requires Local Authorities to
encourage development of mixed and balanced communities by avoiding the creation of large areas of housing of similar characteristics, thereby offering a choice of housing and lifestyle. The density of this proposed development at 145 dwellings per hectare is four times the minimum level of 35 dwellings per hectare that the Local Plan requires as an efficient use of land.

It is regrettable that our Councillor Finbar Richards did not raise any objections to this development and voted in favour, only one Councillor on the Planning Control Committee voted against this development, Lucy Care, unfortunately she was not from our Ward. Chester Green will, therefore, be inundated with another 116 apartments and only 9 houses on this site.

Parker’s Piece Cricket Pavilion

The Residents Association Committee is still following up the security problem with the Council concerning the Pavilion on Parker’s Piece. Youths have been caught climbing on the roof which is in danger of being vandalised again. After all the money and hard work which was carried out last year, it would be such a shame to see this all ruined. If residents see anyone damaging the Pavilion, we would ask you to ring the Police at St. Mary’s Wharf immediately.
Tel: 0845 1233333.