Latest Planning Application Updates

This is to inform you that the two planning applications 12/0176/1/OX – Demolition of existing industrial buildings and proposed residential development for maximum 136 dwellings, associated infrastructure, open space and vehicular access from Cambridge Road (Outline) – Land at Warwick Road / Cambridge Road Whetstone and 12/0279/1/OX – Proposed residential development ( maximum 84 dwellings ) associated landscaping and infrastructure including bridge with access from Cambridge Road (Outline)(revised scheme) – Cambridge Road Whetstone were determined by BDC Development Control Committee which took place on Thursday 24th May 2012.

It is pleasing to say that both applications, fully supported by your Parish Council were approved. This means that the village has been able to determine the desired use of two areas of the village by using Neighbourhood Planning principles to work with the applicant, in getting the very best for you, the residents of Whetstone.

The Parish Council is now working towards the planning appeal for the David Wilson Homes appeal for the proposed development on land off Springwell Lane for 178 dwellings which takes place at BDC Offices starting on Tuesday 26th June 2012 at 10.10 a.m. This is scheduled for three days.

We will keep you informed on the progress. The above appeal is open for members of the public to attend. Speaking is not permitted unless the Inspector invites this. We have registered to speak as a Parish and will present our case.

Your attendance would be welcomed to show the Inspector that we are against this proposal and our case will based around this.

Clerks Update on Village Matters

The new play equipment on the Warwick Road Sports Ground is being well used and the resurfaced car park has been very well received. We are awaiting the signage for the play areas and also for the car park. Once these are in place we will begin locking the car park overnight to prevent ASB taking place on the car park.

The High Street seating area around the sensory garden in front of the Vicarage on Church lane is undergoing a “makeover”. This will involve the removal of the trees that were planted as part of the original scheme. The trees were of the wrong species for the walled enclosure around the area. If left, the root system will break the walls and their foundations and as the beds are raised, will create a situation where the trees could blow over in high winds. The fruit from the trees and the leaf fall have also become a health and safety issue throughout the year, meaning that an area designed for people to walk through or sit down in, is a slip hazard. The Parish Council Ground staff, both Qualified Tree Surgeons have agreed that the only course of action is to remove the trees and introduce a new planting scheme, but retaining some of the shrubs and bushes currently planted.

The Station Street Back Lane land purchased last year by the Council is undergoing maintenance work. This involves the removal of the old stable buildings by an approved contractor. This will include the demolition of the buildings, the removal off site of the concrete and brick materials including the building base. The wood from the structure will be disposed of on site by controlled burning during daylight hours. The work is anticipated to take no more than one week to complete. All access will be via Back Lane and Station Street. Once completed, Whetstone Parish Council will be introducing safe access to the three fields by way of new kissing gates, access gates and fencing. The Parish Council Ground staff will be doing some work on site also ahead of public access at a later date.

Finally it is all change in the Parish Council Offices. Your Duckpaddle Editor and Financial Administrator for many years, Sue Tomlinson is retiring at the end of March. She has been a complete source of reliability and stability during her time in the office and I am sure that many of you who have come into contact with her during her time here would agree and wish her well in her retirement.

After a thorough recruitment campaign, I am pleased to welcome Sharon Coe who has joined the Parish Council as our new Deputy Clerk – Financial Administrator. We wish her well in her new role and I am sure she will soon settle in from her handover with Sue. Keep an eye on the website for more information.

New Page

Check out the new What’s Where In Whetstone page! This shows you where everything is in the village, also be patient when loading as it is a big file. It is being finalised and has a few additions to go.

Hope this comes in handy to you all.

New Addition to the Site!

There is a new addition to the Whetstone Parish Council page. You can look back at the history of Whetstone by taking a peek at our new section called “Old Village Photographs”.

Here you will find pictures of Whetstone from many years ago in black and white and some in colour!

Hope you enjoy it!