Chairman's E-newsletter February 2018 #130
15 February 2018
CHAIRMAN’S E-NEWSLETTER No.130. 13 FEBRUARY 2018.
1. 20171911: ST.
GEORGE’S CHURCHYARD: The application went to Planning Committee on 10
January with a recommendation for approval. Cllr. Kitterick and Friends of the
Earth spoke against. Many Councillors were clearly concerned about various
aspects of the proposal and after much argument the Chairman moved deferral
pending a site visit. This motion was passed: 5 for, 1 against and 2
abstentions. To the best of my knowledge this has yet to take place and the
proposal not taken back to committee on 31 January. Their next meeting is on 20
February, but this is only eight days before the physical stipulations of the Wildlife
& Countryside Act come into force.
Meanwhile on 20
January a ‘Tree Festival’ was held in Orton Square to protest against the
proposal. Despite some awful weather this was well attended by many
well-meaning people. However, as with the Aylestone Meadows protest in 2011,
they all need to turn up at the relevant Planning Committee for Councillors to
witness the level of opposition for themselves. If everyone now sits back and
lets things take their course, they will - and we shall lose.
2. THE BLACK BOY:
I have had discussions with the architects to seek a way forward.
3. TREE STRATEGY:
Both Margaret and myself have commented on the City Council Draft Tree Strategy
directly to the City Mayor. I am grateful for Margaret’s comments, which were
very helpful. I am struck by the existing Leicester City Council Green
Infrastructure Strategy and the newly launched Woodland Trust Charter for
Trees, Woods and People, both of which are strong on the levels of protection
that should be afforded to trees in the urban environment.
4. 2017 AWARDS:
We have had one more nomination for ‘New Build’, which takes nominations to a
record 8, 4 in each category. All is now in order for the adjudication visits.
Adjudication Panel visited
Restoration nominations on Saturday 10 February in the following order:
House by Mr & Mrs. N. Parmar. Grade II LB. Nominated by Gordon Goode.
Building, University of Leicester. Grade II-star LB. Nominated by Sue Eppel.
Castle Great Hall for De Montfort University Business School. Grade I LB and
SAM. Castle CA. Nominated by Stuart Bailey.
Portland Road by Tippetts & Brooks, Stoneygate CA. Nominated by Peter
Many thanks to Peter,
Howard, Jennifer, Richard and Ann for their hard work. Our decisions have been
made but cannot be made public until after:
Adjudication Panel to
visit New Build nominations on Saturday 17 February:
Rutland Street, St. George’s CA. Nominated by Staniforth Architects.
Burlington Road, Stoneygate CA. Nominated by Peter Jones.
Lumis Building, Southgate Street. Greyfriars CA. Nominated by Ena Martin.
The Avenue, Stoneygate CA. Nominated by Stuart & Kate Andrews.
DRIVE: On 25 January I spoke to Friends of Clarendon Park on our proposals
for a Clarendon Park CA. I also promoted membership with an enhanced
information pack incorporating our membership forms. This was a good meeting.
The Friends already function as if they were a conservation area society. All
they need now is a conservation area.
On 26 January I attended
the launch of Western Ward Community Enterprise. They are taking over the
former Eco-House on Hinckley Road as a community centre and the former science
block at the Open-Air School as a park cafeteria. These are by lease agreement
with Parmar Properties. However, they will then have three years in which to
raise the money for restoration. This was a very well attended and enthusiastic
meeting and we shall be doing all we can to promote them. I pushed our
proposals for a Western Park CA and Society membership.
CITIZEN: All is either organised or in hand for: 1) 06 April Skittles Match
against Wigston Civic Society at the Black Horse, Aylestone, 2) 13 April Awards
Ceremony & Dinner at the City Rooms, 3) 2018 Programme of Guided Walks, 4) 12
May Coach Tour, 5) 26 May Heritage Fair at Bishop Street and 6) 02 June AGM
& Lecture at Newarke Houses Museum. All these need to be advertised in the
forthcoming edition, which is on time for publication on 02 March.
PARTNERSHIP: On 29 January a tour of Winstanley House - at which everyone
who had yet to see it were suitably impressed - was followed by a good meeting of
the HP. I am grateful to the Conservation Team for meeting me in advance on 23
January to discuss the concerns over Heritage at Risk raised in my memo to the
City Mayor of 01 December. As a result of this we gave a joint presentation to
HP and I have written an article for the March edition of Leicester Citizen.
The meeting also saw
good presentations made on the restoration of Winstanley House and the latest
edition of the City Council Heritage Action Plan.
8. MID-WINTER MEET
UP: 02 February at The Globe, Silver Street. This was a big success and was
clearly a very popular event, for which I have had some excellent feedback.
Many thanks to Ena and Howard for their assistance.
9. ALICE HAWKINS
STATUE: On 04 February Jennifer, Michele and I represented the Society at
the unveiling of the Alice Hawkins statue in the New Market Square. It is
magnificent! The pictures don’t do it justice, so go and see for yourselves. The
ceremony was followed by a lot of useful networking at the Town Hall Reception.
10. GREYFRIARS THI
PROJECT BOARD: A good meeting on 09 February at City Hall. The Mill,
Millstone Lane will be a capital project for 2018. There are exciting proposals
for cinema space in its courtyard. 2019 will be the centenary of Leicester
becoming a city. (For the third time?) Also, the 50th anniversary of
the first conservation areas. I feel another new guided walk coming on!
For yr info:
OF LIFE: I am to meet Rachel Bennetts of the Tree of Life Monastic Community on
12 February. They are taking over the row of C18th houses facing the Cathedral,
between the KRIII Visitor Centre and New Street. This should be an interesting
development. She wants to know all about the history of the locality so Pete
Hobson has put her into me!
EXHIBITION at LEICESTER CATHEDRAL: I have been invited to attend the launch of
this on 15 February.
HISTORY DAY: 10 March at Age UK, Paddock Street, Wigston. I am going to promote
the Heritage Fair and should be there about 11.30. Please feel free to join me.