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KWNP AGM Newsflash
The Partnership’s Annual General Meeting would normally have taken place on Saturday, 7th November, when all the officers would have been up for re-election. In these difficult circumstances the AGM has been postponed indefinitely, and the officers – David Crofts, Chair, John Price, Secretary and Vice Chair, Nina Hargrave, Minutes Secretary, and Adam Lubanski, Treasurer – will remain in post for the time being.
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Rain Gardens Survey
Rain gardens have benefits for the environment and well-being, and alleviate flooding.The link for the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust online survey is here.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust are working in partnership with The Environment Agency and Gloucester City Council to create healthy, functional watercourses for people and wildlife. As part of this work two demonstration rain gardens have been created in Gloucester. An example of a planter-style rain garden can be seen at Abbeydale Community Centre and a sunken rain garden has been created outside the Matson Baptist Church in Gloucester.
Open Spaces Strategy 2020-2025
KWNP Draft Response to ConsultationClick here for Gloucester City Council Draft Open Spaces Strategy 2020-2025
Kingsholm & Wotton Neighbourhood Partnership welcomes the opportunity to comment on this document. We deal with the eight sites in the ward in turn. We note that Kingsholm and Wotton ward has less open space of all kinds (4.12 hectares) than all but one of the wards in the City. The focus must therefore generally be, as the report itself acknowledges, on the improvement of what we have. The need for improvement is reinforced by two other factors. First, Kingsholm and Wotton ward is very diverse in the age, type and quality of its housing stock and the environment in which that housing is set. This is in turn consistent with the extent of deprivation in some parts of the ward. Whatever the relevant indices say, the ward is certainly deprived of open space. This emphasises the need to create the best possible living environment for its residents. Secondly, the lack of open space increases the need for what exists to be cared for properly. Unfortunately, some spaces, for example KW2 and KW6, have been neglected.
We very much hope that this consultation exercise can include a “walk round audit” of these areas with councillors and officers to make sure everyone is fully informed and aware of possible potential.
KW1 Dean’s Way Meadow
This appears to be a reasonably well-used amenity. The Partnership supports its maintenance and improvement. The Twyver Triangle Residents Association (via KWNP) has supported the idea of improved surfacing on the lumpy mini football pitch - with appropriate field markings and new posts the Deans Way Meadow could facilitate netball/basketball, 5 a side football and training equipment. This is a potential site for outdoor gym equipment. Some of the Section 106 funding arising from the Redrow Homes development could help create much needed exercise facilities for this area of Kingsholm. Some more general efforts are needed to make the area more welcoming.
KW2 Kingsholm Rest Garden
We consider this area, located next to one of the busiest roundabouts in the City, to be of very limited value in its current condition. We wonder whether many local residents are even aware of its status as public open space. Its condition has declined in recent years, mainly as a result of the (presumably unauthorised) removal of a number of conifers adjacent to the boundary of the garden at 102 Kingsholm Road, and the dilapidated appearance of the garden fence does not help. We are not sure that the Council is correct to say, as it does on page 100, that the “development of Civil Service site will disrupt this space”. Building has recently resumed on this site and there is little to indicate that the Rest Garden will be affected either way. In itself, the Rest Garden would appear to have no value for development, so there would be little point in the Council disposing of it. Indeed, it would be an advantage to retain it, to help prevent the kind of development in the rear garden of number 102 Kingsholm Road proposed by planning application 15/00163/OUT and at least one subsequent application. Some new planting as the document suggests might be helpful, but we consider that there are more urgent priorities for planting elsewhere. Instead, this is another useful potential site for some gym equipment as part of a trim trail around Kingsholm and Wotton. It would be easily accessible from many parts of the ward and it is en route to Plock Court. In addition to gym equipment, a couple of seats and a waste bin would be helpful and not costly.
KW3 Sebert St Recreation Ground
This is a well-used and on the whole well-respected amenity. The Partnership is currently in discussion with the Council about the potential for Section 106 monies arising from the Redrow Homes development to be applied here. However, there is a potential danger of over-development. Any expansion of the play facilities here should only take place after full consultation with the users and local residents.
KW4 Hampton Court (Lansdown Rd)
This area is located at the end of a long cul de sac, at least 400 metres from the junction of Lansdown Road with Heathville Road. Other pedestrian access to it is little easier, via Posy Lane or the public footpath running between Estcourt Road and Lansdown Road. The most recent edition of the Ordnance Survey sheet at 1:25,000 scale shows a public right of way leading to the area from Posy Lane but this does not exist on the ground. As a result, the area is probably only used by, perhaps even only known to, residents in the vicinity. Its continued maintenance and improvement are nevertheless supported.
KW5 Hillfield Gardens
We expect that the Friends of Hillfield Gardens will be making a detailed response. The Partnership considers that the Gardens are a major asset to the area which receive insufficient attention from the Council. We recognise of course the diminishing resources available. For some years now, since the formal opening of the sensory garden in 2013, most of the effective maintenance work has been carried out by volunteers. The Partnership hopes that some kind of service level agreement can be drawn up to identify resources, define responsibilities and set priorities.
KW6 Great Western Rd Rest Garden (London Rd)
We note what the document says about this area on page 100. Like KW2, it is too small for any development, and is unsuitable in other ways. Also like KW2, it is located on a major junction on one of the City’s main radial roads. However, whereas KW2 is in practice indistinguishable from the grass verges of the highways land, KW7 is an easily identifiable site. It is on a pedestrian route to the City centre from many parts of the ward. It is located in the London Road Conservation Area, and has listed buildings (Northgate House, Wellington Parade) nearby. For all these reasons we consider it very important that the area is improved with a robust and easily managed scheme which will deter the kind of anti- social behaviour that led to its closure and boarding up. We understand from the local menbers that an application for a grant to improve this area has been made to the GWR Community Fund. In the event of this application being unsuccessful, we hope that the Council itself will be able to fund improvements.
KW7 Great Western Rd Rest Garden (Horton Rd)
We think the Council is right to link the future of this area with the redevelopment of the site identified as SA05 in the submitted City Plan. In fact, this site as depicted on page 95 of the Plan appears to include all of area KW7. We ask the Council to raise this matter with any applicant in pre-application discussions as a legitimate recipient of S106 contributions.
KW8 Dean’s Way Allotments
KWNP supports the continued protection of allotments. We expect that the Friends of Hillfield Gardens will be making a detailed response. The Partnership considers that the Gardens are a major asset to the area which receive insufficient attention from the Council. We recognise of course the diminishing resources available. For some years now, since the formal opening of the sensory garden in 2013, most of the effective maintenance work has been carried out by volunteers. The Partnership hopes that some kind of service level agreement can be drawn up to identify resources, define responsibilities and set priorities.
Any views on Open Spaces?
Kingsholm heritage trail
Take a walking tour revealing the history and present of a part of Gloucester from Roman times.
We hold monthly meetings open to all residents. We’d love you to join us for coffee and conversation.
- Date: Tue, 8th December 2020, 7:30 pm
- Venue: Roots Coffee & Community, 69 Alvin St, Gloucester, GL13EH
- Focus: Meetings cancelled until further notice - see AGM Newsflash
Future meetings for your diary
- : KWNP Mtg, Meeting cancelled
Other local information
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Kingsholm Primary School AdmissionsClick here for further details
The school is holding 3 virtual events (via Zoom) for prospective parents. Anyone who is interested will need to contact Lucy Newton (Early Years Lead) on 01452 530777 or firstname.lastname@example.org, giving an email address, contact number and which time they would like to come (Morning, afternoon or evening).
Gloucester Heritage Hub in Alvin Street
Interested in family and local history? See what the Gloucestershire Archive has to offer.Go to the Heritage Hub archive
Community Engagement Event
Local PCSOs from the neighbourhood team will be holding a Police Surgery at various times. Please see Police Calendar of Events:Gloucestershire Police Calendar of Events
Officers from the local neighbourhood team will be offering crime prevention advice.
Please come along and say hello and if you are aware of anyone who would benefit from signing up to the community alerts, can you please let them know.
PCSO 9185 Kent, Kingsholm & Wotton
Redrow’s Second Application Succeeds
At the meeting of the Planning Committee on Tuesday 8 January 2019, the City Council granted planning permission for the application by Redrow Homes for 100 dwellings on the site of the former Civil Service Sports Ground. This followed the Committee’s refusal on 4 December of the earlier application for 89 dwellings on the same site.
The meeting was attended by three of the Partnership’s officers and a number of residents. The discussion of the application followed the usual format: the presentation of the officer’s report, followed by representations against and for the proposal, questions, debate and finally the vote. The case officer went through her written report, emphasising the difference between the two applications in relation to the three reasons for refusal agreed last month. On design, she explained that changes to the layout meant that it was now acceptable. In respect of affordable housing, the applicants had altered the type and mix of units to reflect what was most needed. In terms of alternative sports provision, the applicant’s offer for the improvement of facilities elsewhere in the City was also now acceptable.
Speaking against the proposal, Councillor Jeremy Hilton referred to traffic impact, a lack of consultation with the community, and the inconsistency with what the draft City Plan proposed for the site. Lack of consultation with the community and traffic impact and road safety were also raised by John Price, the Partnership’s secretary, and a local resident, who shared the five minutes allotted to objectors. The applicant’s planning consultant then spoke in favour of the proposal. After a fairly lengthy debate the proposal was approved by 6 votes to 3 with 2 abstentions.
The outcome will no doubt be disappointing to many residents especially those living close to the site. The Partnership remains concerned that the local area will receive few if any benefits and is not persuaded that road safety issues relating to the coach service to and from the Denmark Road High School were properly taken into account. The application was approved subject to sixteen conditions. The Partnership will take steps to ensure that these are adhered to. Since the application was in full rather than in outline, Redrow could well start work on site fairly soon. The decision also means that the inquiry into the first application for 89 dwellings due to start on 12th March will now almost certainly not take place.
Civil Service Development 106 Agreement for new sports provision
KWNP officers have met with Gloucester City Council to make a strong case that Section 106 money from the Civil Service site development should remain in Kingsholm and Wotton for the benefit of local residents.
Interested parties have met with representatives from the City Council to discuss potential bids, and have agreed a way forward and to ensure that the monies are used for the maximum benefit of our community.
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