Chairman's E-newsletter September 2017 #125
12 September 2017
E-NEWSLETTER No.125: 12 SEPTEMBER 2017.
20151948: THE BLACK BOY: The developer’s appeal has been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate
and all original objectors should have been contacted by City Planning. The
strict deadline for any further remarks is 18 September. Remember you must
write to the Planning Inspectorate not the City Council, you must quote
their reference and you must send three copies. I have done so on our behalf.
Also you may not comment unless you objected to the original planning
application. There will be a Public Hearing on 24 October at the Town Hall. I
have informed the Inspectorate of my intention to attend and speak.
2. 20170973: No.1 ST. ALBANS ROAD: Planning consent was refused on 08 August. The
decision notice repeats all the points made by the objectors and more. The
developer may resubmit attempting to answer these, or he may of course appeal;
not least on the grounds that he wasn’t given the chance to make his case to
the planning committee. But that’s his problem. In the meanwhile - we’ve won!
Although there was no Mercury publicity there was plenty on our website. Well
3.1. HERITAGE PARTNERSHIP: 14 August. We had an excellent
meeting. There were first rate presentations made on, the "Changing
Leicester" exhibition at NH Museum, new entrance and staircase at NW
Museum by Maber Architects and ongoing marvellous work at Glenfield Tunnel by
Leicestershire Industrial History Society, which I intend to feature on the
front cover of November’s Citizen.
3.2. St. Nicholas Circle:
I raised the proposed new zebra crossing at St. Nicholas Circle that was
supposed to replace the late unlamented Harvey Walk footbridge, now demolished
almost 2 years ago. Sir Peter said he had only recently raised this with City
Highways who argued that it was no longer necessary as it was now far easier to
walk between JW Museum and Castle Gardens than it had been. I disagreed and
received support from the Victorian Society and many others present. Sir Peter
said that in view of these strongly expressed opinions he decided we would have
the crossing. Stan Warren informs me that this is also being chased by the
Local Access Forum. However, the subject of the coach drop off was studiously
avoided and I felt it better not to push my luck at this stage.
3.3. New Walk: I
also raised misuse of New Walk by cyclists that had now reached epidemic
proportions. Sir Peter said that there would appear little that could be done
until the new cycle lanes were in place on London Road. Even then we could
probably only hope to educate cyclists not to use New Walk. This wasn't good
enough for me. I said that the Council needed to take some action now (Pity
that Cllr. Clarke wasn't present) and that I did have some positive ideas that
I would be raising.
3.4. Following this I did have a response from City Council Community
Safety but it was inadequate. It stated that there was a limited amount they
can do as New Walk is by definition a roadway - it has no pavements.
Also not all entrances carry No Cycling signs. I have replied that this was
ridiculous: New Walk is by definition a pavement. There is no road,
traffic having been banned since 1824. The City Council should ensure that
every entrance carries a No Cycling sign and the bye-laws enforced.
3.5. I have the idea of a few strategically placed 'chicane fences' on
New Walk. These would not be a barrier to pedestrians, including those with
wheelchairs, but would physically oblige cyclists to dismount, make life very
difficult for delivery bikes with wide loads and completely halt tricycles.
Painted black the railings would not impact on the vista up the walk. Indeed
such barriers at say Park Street or Salisbury Road wouldn't need to be across
the line of the walk at all. There would have to be gated sections for
emergency vehicles and we also need more effective "No Cycling" signs
but that still respect the historic setting.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: The “Changing Leicester” exhi bition at Newarke Houses
Museum has now closed. We have no way of knowing what good it did - but it
can’t have done any harm.
4.2. Gordon is delighted to report that the mail drop to Friends of
University Botanic Gardens has produced seven new members to date.
4.3. HERITAGE OPEN DAYS: THURSDAY 07 to
SUNDAY 10 SEPTEMBER.
doubt one of our most successful events ever. Thursday 69, Friday 65, Saturday
198 and Sunday 124, Total = 456 visitors. We also had 61 for the two guided
walks. We had 4 new members and parted with hundreds of leaflets and back
copies of Citizen. Many, many thanks to Michele, Howard, Ena, Jim, Olwen,
Geoffrey, Haward, Peter, Gordon, Ann and Richard, who worked really hard. I
have written to our friends at ISKCON to thank them for their wonderful
4.4. Front page advert in “The Street” for
November to coincide with the November issue of Leicester Citizen. Jennifer,
Leigh and I will constitute a small working party in September to design this
for submission by beginning of October.
5. KINGS LYNN TOUR: 16 September: Our coach
tour sold out but two seats have now been cancelled due to illness. Any takers?
6. 2017 ANNUAL DINNER : I am saddened to report only nine bookings to
date - though I have been told to await four more. We shall publicise it at
HOD’s and on the Kings Lynn coach but if this figure does not dramatically
improve by the booking deadline of 29 September we shall be returning to “1573”
For your further info:
13 September: I
am to give “More Delights of Old Leicester” to Leicestershire Family History
Society at Wigston.
14 September: I
have been invited to have lunch with the Dean to further discuss the “Leicester
Cathedral Revealed Project”.
27 September: I
am to give “Delights of Old Leicester” to Market Harborough Civic Society.