Chairman's E-newsletter January 2018 #129
09 January 2018
CHAIRMAN’S E-NEWSLETTER No.129. 09 JANUARY 2018.
1. 20171911: ST.
GEORGE’S CHURCHYARD: The application is to go before Planning Committee on
10 January with a recommendation for approval. We have clearly, consistently
and very publicly opposed this over the last eighteen months. I shall attend to
see what happens and support anyone who wishes to speak but I shall not be
speaking myself. As this is a City Council proposal to be decided by a City
Council committee, with a recommendation for approval by the City Council, I
consider that publicly speaking out at this late stage would be a waste of my time.
We have done everything possible to prevent this inappropriate scheme.
2. TREE STRATEGY:
Draft Tree Strategy published with a deadline for comment to The City Mayor by
End-January. I have yet to study this in detail but am concerned that it may
simply incorporate the Council’s current Tree Policy without improvement. If
its implementation would fail to protect against another St. George’s
Churchyard I shall condemn it. The St. George’s Churchyard proposal is being
pushed through, though it was the subject of a faulty public consultation that
was immediately shot down by the Scrutiny Commission on the day it was
published. With an improved Tree Strategy this shambles should never happen
again. All parkland - such as Victoria Park and every other park in the city - should
have its status as being on the National Register of Historic Parks and
Gardens, or as a non-designated heritage asset, clearly confirmed and as such better
protected. Park trees, street trees and others lost by any means should be
replaced like-for-like in the immediate vicinity, not many miles away as is now
often the case.
3. 20172259: 80
WHARF STREET SOUTH: Proposed demolition and construction of an 11-storey
block of flats. Local Interest List. CAP objected. Ena objected on our behalf.
One letter of support. The problem is that few people live around here.
Following their victory over the Black
Boy this is a test of City Council resolve.
4. 20172357: FLEET
HOUSE (BSS FACTORY) Proposed demolition - no redevelopment proposed. Local
Interest List. CAP objected. Four other objections including Ena on our behalf
and Cllr. Kitterick as Ward Councillor - so this must go to Planning Committee
if City Planning recommend approval. Following their victory over the Black Boy
this is yet another test of City
5. 2017 AWARDS:
We now have a record number of nominations. Four for Restoration and three for
New Build. I suggest we see all of any one category on the same day. This will
have the advantage that it will not matter if any panel members can attend one
day but the not the other, they can still decide for that category. In
addition, whilst keeping the 10 Feb. decision confidential until after the 17
Feb, I can compose half of the Citizen article and half the press release,
whilst writing half the decision letters. Citizen needs to go to the printers
on 21 Feb. but under these circumstances this is achievable. The situation is
Nominations. Adjudication Panel to visit on Saturday 10 February:
1. Leicester Castle
Great Hall for De Montfort University Business School. Grade I LB and SAM.
Castle CA. Nominated by Stuart Bailey.
Building, University of Leicester. Grade II-star LB. Nominated by Sue Eppel.
3. 15 Portland Road
by Tippetts & Brooks, Stoneygate CA. Nominated by Peter Jones.
4. Winstanley House
by Mr & Mrs. N. Parmar. Grade II LB. Nominated by Gordon Goode.
Build Nominations. Adjudication Panel to visit on Saturday 17 February:
1. No.1 The Avenue,
Stoneygate CA. Nominated by Stuart & Kate Andrews.
2. 14 Burlington
Road, Stoneygate CA. Nominated by Peter Jones.
3. The Lumis
Building, Southgate Street. Greyfriars CA. Nominated by Ena Martin.
I am now writing to
those nominated and copying this report to the existing full panel.
DRIVE: I have been invited to speak on our proposals for a Clarendon Park
CA to Friends of Clarendon Park on 25 January. I shall be promoting membership
with an enhanced information pack incorporating our membership forms.
I have been invited
to attend the launch of Western Ward Community Enterprise on 26 January. I
shall be promoting our proposals for a Western Park CA, and membership with an
enhanced information pack incorporating our membership forms.
To my knowledge the
Aylestone Park Newsletter has still to be published.
Gordon has authorised
a new print of our membership forms in April.
STREETS AT CHRISTMAS: “Medieval Streets at Christmas” on 30 December was a
big success with 32 walkers in fine weather. Half way round we ran into The
City Mayor, who strongly advised everyone not believe anything I said!
I am still at work on
the 2018 walks programme.
8. MID-WINTER MEET
UP: Friday 02 February at The Globe, Silver Street. 22 bookings to date, so
just over two-thirds full. Lessons learned from 2017? Last year witnessed folks
trying to eat their buffet whilst answering the quiz. This year we will eat from
19.40, then the film show at 20.00 and quiz at 20.45. This will give time for
folks to relax and eat whilst watching the film. Need to check all this is OK
with the pub. (Time of buffet etc) Will they want advance payment as with last
year? When and to whom? The IT must be checked in advance and work OK this
For your information:
PARTNERSHIP: Next meeting Monday 29 Jan. at Winstanley House.
THI PROJECT BOARD: Next meeting Friday 09 Feb. at City Hall.