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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Parliamentary Constituency Boundary Changes

The Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries are being reviewed. It is proposed to create a new constituency of Coventry South and Kenilworth. This would include Canley, Earlsdon, Tile Hill, Westwood Heath, Green Lane, Stivichall, Whitley, Burton Green and Kenilworth.



Official details are here:
https://www.bce2018.org.uk/node/6490?postcode=CV81PL

Article in the Kenilworth Weekly News:
http://www.kenilworthweeklynews.co.uk/news/kenilworth-could-merge-with-part-of-coventry-in-new-constituency-boundaries-1-8201293

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Virgin Hyperloop One (Updated)

Hyperloop is a revolutionary transport system that is 5 times faster than conventional high-speed rail, safer, can be built at far less cost, and is more environmentally friendly. Virgin Hyperloop One could take passengers from London to Edinburgh in 50 minutes.

Here are two new videos about the project.



In the video below Richard Branson talks about connecting London to the North and also refers to 'the other railway that the government are building'. Presumably Branson's project would be completely financed by the private sector...


More:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/10/12/sir-richard-branson-promises-build-revolutionary-hyperloop-train/

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Archaeology at Westwood Heath

Archaeological Trenching at Westwood Heath



It is believed that there may have been some form of human activity at Westwood Heath possibly dating from the Iron Age.



The evidence for this is tenuous. Over the years a number of small artifacts, including coins and a goblet, have been unearthed at Westwood Heath. Some are undoubtedly Iron Age and some Roman.

In 1959 an aerial photographic survey was undertaken which revealed crop marks suggesting the presence of an enclosure. This was near to the boundary of the current proposed Crest Nicholson housing development.

What were Romans doing at Westwood Heath? Just passing through? They seem to have been here. It's possible that that the crop mark enclosure may have some connection to Bockendon Grange which is nearby. No-one knows.





No further systematic investigation was undertaken, because of the expense involved and lack of expertise.

The images below (which are both reproduced as documentary evidence filed with the Crest Nicholson planning application) show the locations of some of these finds.



Those images come from here:
http://timetrail.warwickshire.gov.uk/detail.aspx?monuid=WA9931
http://timetrail.warwickshire.gov.uk/detail.aspx?monuid=WA5357

The PDF document in the link below shows comments from the Warwickshire Planning Archaeologist. This was the most accurate assessment of the situation, as of August 2017:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2dsUUIxiPxDNmtXalNGVEdFTTg/view?usp=sharing

To further assess the situation archaeological trial trenching is now being undertaken. The investigation will take approximately 4 weeks.

Eighty trenches, each 50 meters by 1.8 metres, will be excavated.








Garden Archaeology in Burton Green

It is possible that gardens of any of the houses along Westwood Heath Road and Cromwell Lane might contain buried artifacts. One Roman artifact has been found near the Water Tower.

In 2011 a member of the Burton Green History Group who lives in a Victorian property along Cromwell Lane dug a 1 metre square test pit in their own back garden. Their finds were surprising though unexceptional. The finds were mainly Victorian crockery, earthenware, and corroded bolts and nails. All of this material was found beneath 1 square metre of their back lawn...


That experiment is described in more detail here:
https://burtongreen.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/garden-archaeology.html


Garden Archaeology at Kibworth

In 2009 the village of Kibworth, in Leicestershire, undertook a community investigation into its history, which was made into a BBC TV series, 'The Story of England'.

43 villagers dug 1 metre square test pits, exactly like the one shown above, in their gardens, to see what they might find.

At the right is a very short (1 minute) video clip from the TV program....


video

More details about the Kibworth project:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/7962126/Gardens-of-entire-Leicestershire-village-dug-up-for-BBC-Four-archaeology-series.html
https://www.access.arch.cam.ac.uk/reports/leicestershire/kibworth/2009

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Coventry Population Growth - Fueled by Immigration

The Birmingham Mail recently reported some newly released figures from the Office for National Statistics showing causes of population growth in English cities (including Birmingham and Coventry).




Apparently, 58 per cent of population growth in Birmingham between 2007 and 2016 was fuelled by immigration.

In the same ten year period, Coventry had an extra 52,782 people, and a staggering 98 per cent of that figure appears to have come from immigration.


Local Authority Population change 2007-16, % due to immigration 



The original article is here:
http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/revealed-how-immigration-fueled-jaw-13350435

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A political dimension to the recent controversy concerning building on the green belt also became apparent in this report from the Coventry Telegraph.



Full report here:
http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/tories-challenge-city-councils-green-7416776

Monday, 18 September 2017

Draft Minutes of Residents' Association Committee 17th September 2017

Present 

Hilary Cox; Judi Hibberd; Janet Hickinbottom; Bron Putnam; Rona Taylor; Mary Webb,

In attendance: Paddy Deeley and Cllr Caryll Green

1. Apologies

Apologies had been received from Dianne Adams, Andy Gibbs, Trish Hancock and Faith Ward.


Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Dementia article for BugleCllr Green
HS2 compensation article for BugleCllr Gibbs
Welcome Pack to be sent to committee members who requested itJudi
Questions on the housing paper to be sent to Judi for collationAll and Judi
Arrange bulb planting session on October 15thMary
Check date of carol service and availability of hall on Dec 22nd for SantaJudi
Arrangements for Christmas card competitionFaith
Letter to councillors re AGMJudi
PowerPoint presentationPaddy and Rona
Card to DianneRona
Five rubbish grabbers to be purchasedMary

Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

The minutes of the previous meeting of July 11th 2017 were approved.

Matters Arising from the previous minutes
  • Cllr Green had forgotten about the dementia article and would write this for a future edition of the Bugle
  • Cllr Gibbs would be reminded of the article about HS2 compensation
  • Some committee members asked for a copy of the updated Welcome Pack to distribute to new residents
  • All other matters arising had been covered or were to be agenda items.


2. Treasurer's Report

A report had been circulated.


3. Consideration of funding for judicial review re housing

Prior to the meeting a letter from Archie Taylor had been circulated. It requested a donation of £1000 to the campaign fund against the housing developments in the Green Belt. It was claimed that the developments were planned against a false premise that Coventry’s population and employment projections were hugely inflated and most of Coventry’s needs could be met by building on brownfield sites.

Rona said a meeting of the campaign group was being held the same evening and that more clarity would be available after that.

It was felt that further detail was required and this should be available following the group's meeting. The Warwick District Council meeting was due to take place on September 20th when councillors would vote or delay a decision.

It was agreed that an extraordinary meeting of the Residents' Association would be scheduled for September 26th when Ian Cox would attend to present the legal situation and the detail around a judicial review. Committee members were urged to forward any questions in advance to Judi who would collate them and send to Ian Cox.
 Action: Judi and all


4.  Residents' views/concerns

Hilary reported that one of the flower tubs in Red Lane had been vandalised.

A number of the street lights in Cromwell Lane near the Hickory's Smokehouse had not been working but this had been reported and the matter was being actioned.

The footpath in Red Lane was still causing concern but it was believed work on this was being scheduled.


5. Update on and discussion of Residents' Association initiatives and issues
  • Bulb planting. An article had been added to the recent edition of the Bugle. It was agreed to hold a bulb planting session on Sunday October 15th with residents meeting at 10:30 on the bridge on Cromwell Lane when bulbs would be distributed.  Mary would work out the details and identify locations. Action: Mary
  • R& B band concert was scheduled for September 23rd. A forthcoming Jubilee committee meeting would finalise the details. Free tickets had gone out to original purchasers. A complimentary glass of wine would also be provided or them. Other attendees would be welcome to pay on the night.
  • Christmas. December 22nd Santa's sleigh would be doing its rounds in Burton Green again thanks to Balsall Common Lions. It was hoped to arrange volunteers from the village to support this event again so that the route could, for the second year, cover the whole village. It was agreed a simple supper would be organised afterwards for volunteers. Judi would double check the date of the Carol service with Barbara and the availability of the hall with Vic.  Action: Judi
  • Faith would be asked to liaise with the school regarding the possibility of a Christmas card competition. Entries should be submitted by November 24th as the winning design would need to be at the printers by November 29th. The Hickory Smokehouse would be asked if they would like to sponsor this. Action: Rona and Faith
  • November 10th 2018. As part of the commemoration of the ending of World War 1, a group of residents would be going to a performance of "War Horse" in Birmingham. It had been agreed to hold an afternoon tea in the village Hall with community singing led by Burton Green Village Choir. It was still uncertain whether there would be a beacon as this had been left with the Parish Council.
  • Contact had been made with Peter Hallam when the pavements in Cromwell Lane had been resurfaced. Apparently, there were plans to do the same in Red Lane in 2018.
  • Fast broadband was to come to Cromwell Lane soon.


6. AGM

A sightly different format had been tried last year and was deemed a success. The Meeting would start at 7 with refreshments and would follow last year's format. Judi would send a similar letter to councillors inviting them to join us for a glass of wine.  Action: Judi

Paddy offered to help with the PowerPoint presentation. Officer roles were to be listed on the presentation. Action: Paddy and Rona

The constitution required that the officers and three committee members should stand down.  Current officers (Rona Taylor, Mary Webb, Dianne Adams, Janet Hickinbottom and Judi Hibberd) were willing to stand again unless anyone else wanted to take on any of the roles.

Three committee members had to stand down.

Items to be covered at the AGM were agreed as:

  • Village Hall
  • Housing
  • Policing
  • Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

The banner would be put up on Friday October 13th.


7. Village Hall

No one was available to report.

The Village Hall committee had received good news about HS2's support for the plan to be submitted for planning permission.


8. HS2 drop in session

This was to take place at the Village Hall on September 19th between 4 and 7pm.


9. Parish Councillor's Report

Cllr Green said the PC had objected to the major planning applications for 425 houses to be built at Westwood Heath. They had not opposed the Cala Homes proposal but sent in comments for example about retaining boundary hedges to the site; the need for recharging points outside each house; subdued street lighting; the extension of the school parking area; a vehicular access to the playing field for mowing machinery; and the importance of a high wire fence around the field for children's safety. Fewer trees were recommended on the playing field area and a dog waste bin was requested.  The PC was to have an informal meeting with Cala Homes. 

The road would not run all through the site, hence avoiding creation of a "rat run" but there would be a footpath. The PC was quite supportive of the overall plan.

The building of two houses had been proposed on the plot next to the Thorntons' house. This was being opposed by neighbours.

A new sign had been erected at the Red Lane playground to indicate children playing.

The PC was looking into upgrading the bus shelter.

Talks were beginning about the Coventry Southern bypass. 

Paddy asked if the Cala Homes proposal was still open for discussion. A notice had been issued on September 1st saying it was open for a further 21 days.

Thanks were given to Cllr Green.

10.  Any Other Business

A reminder had been sent of the Made in Burton Green event in June 2018.

Rona would send a card to Dianne wishing her well after her recent operation. Action: Rona

Mary asked if it was possible to buy five more "grabbers"for community rubbish collection and this was agreed. Action: Mary


11. Date, time and venue of Next Meeting

The AGM would take place on October 30th 2017

An extraordinary meeting was to take place on September 26th 2017

The next committee meeting was scheduled for Nov 14th 2017.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Quiz Night 21st October

QUIZ @ BURTON GREEN VILLAGE HALL

With Fish and Chip Supper
Saturday 21st October @ 7.30pm

Tickets £12.50 available from:
Jill  -  davidline@onetel.com   024 7646 2070
Replies by 15th October please

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Green Leek Run 2017

We are now in the final countdown for the GreenLeek10K, a major fundraising event in the local schools' calendar.

With 3 weeks to go we have just under 300 runners in the 2017 Green Leek 10k run.  We have a cap of 500 this year and would like to get closer to our target.

This unique multi terrain run starts at Burton Green School and follows a beautiful countryside route to finish at the Warwickshire, opposite All Saints School in Leek Wootton. Full details of how to register can be found on the website www.greenleekrun.co.uk .