Chairman's E-newsletter May 2018 #133
08 May 2018
CHAIRMAN’S E-NEWSLETTER No.133. 08 MAY 2018.
1. BSS FACTORY, FLEET STREET
Of the three applications 2357
for demolition only, has now been refused, solely on the grounds of the Local
Interest List. This is very good news. Ena objected on our behalf, so if the
developer appeals we may make representations. However, 2677/2678 for
demolition and redevelopment are still live applications, though with 83
objections. I don’t see how 2357 can be refused but 2677/2678 granted. However,
stranger things have happened. In any event they would have to go to planning committee
if planning recommended approval and we can then speak out. If they are refused
and the developer appeals, once again we may make representations as Stu
objected on our behalf. We have done the right things so far and this is all
2. TREES AGAIN! Prebend
Gardens are causing the current scandal. Faced by “antisocial behaviour” the
City Council yet again blames trees and starts cutting them down. In this case
apparently 40 trees are going during the bird nesting season to provide a clear
sight line for a CCTV camera, even though Adam Clarke assured me that the
Council does not cut trees down between March and September. As with De Montfort
Hall Gardens (50 trees lost) here has been no public consultation, and as with
De Montfort Hall Gardens, a proper maintenance regime in place would have avoided
Meanwhile 20171911 St. Georges
Churchyard has still not made it to planning committee. Quite clearly this is
because the current committee, following their site visit in January/February,
have indicated they are not minded to grant consent. I therefore smell a rat
that may not make its appearance until committees are rearranged after May.
3. 2017 AWARDS:
A splendid occasion on 13 April. Numbers were slightly down on last year but
thanks largely to Peter’s organising genius a record number of 18 members
looked after 24 guests and everyone appeared to enjoy the evening immensely. My
thanks to all of you. My only disappointment was that illness prevented me
being there. The first such occasion I have ever missed. However, as predicted yet
again the Mercury ignored the whole thing. The commendations will feature in an
article in July’s Leicester Citizen.
EXHIBITION at ISKCON: 11 to 15 April. Many thanks to those who turned up to
support ISKCON. Their restoration project is vital for the future of this
important historic building and we must continue to do all we can to help them.
‘Urban Sketchers Leicester’ are drawing
the ISKCON building on Saturday 16 June. Their work is always a good
opportunity to observe the city, appreciate it, improve creative skills and
socialise.All those who fancy having a go with their pencils are welcome.
5. GUIDED WALKS:
Saturday 05 May: “The Capital of Non-Conformity”. Congratulations to Jim
McCallum who led 25 walkers on this well-researched tour of Leicester’s
historic chapels. We are lucky that new volunteers come forward to organise
guided walks. Well done Jim.
Saturday 16 June: “Radical
Leicester”. Bookings: Civic Society = 8, Visit Leicester = 5, Total = 13 to
date. All publicity issued, so - get those leaflets out.
6. SHROPSHIRE TOUR:
Saturday 12 May. Excellent! As at today we have sold 34 seats out of 39. Only 1
behind the records set by Saltaire (September 2015) and Port Sunlight
(September 2016) But let’s try to fill the remainder of the coach, shall we?
DRIVE: I have ordered a pop-up banner. This will create a mini-exhibition
that together with leaflets (I have ordered a 1,000 reprint to tide us over
until the 2019 AGM) I can take anywhere that offers us a table. Leicester City
Council are holding a SPAB event on ‘Maintenance of Faith Buildings’ on Tuesday
23 May at City Hall and the Senior Buildings Conservation Officer has invited Heritage
Partnership members with such exhibitions to attend for free. I don’t know how
many have responded but I said yes straight away. Meanwhile New Walk Museum is
holding a Heritage Exhibition on Saturday 16 June and has invited us to
exhibit. Once again, I said yes. An exhibition that I can easily move about
myself gives us exciting opportunities - though helpers are always welcome on
8. HERITAGE FAIR:
Saturday 26 May. Leicester Civic Society, Leicester Group of the Victorian
Society, Leics. & Rutland War Memorials at Risk Trust, Leics. & Rutland
Family History Society, Oadby Remembers the Past, ISKCON, Friends of Welford
Road Cemetery and Wigston Civic Society are all exhibiting. So it’s a full
house! All publicity is out, with posters and leaflets with Guildhall, OTIP,
Visit Leicester and Bishop Street Church. All media have been informed. But - get
those leaflets out.
I shall arrive 09.30
- 09.45 with magazine rack, the new pop-up banner, etc. Peter needs to bring
down the exhibition and banner. Howard to collect c15.45 so that we are then
ready for the Thursday of HOD’s in September. Once again, I do not think we
need to roster but everyone who can spare the odd hour please turn up and help.
9. AGM: Saturday
02 June. I took your advice and moved the date, time and place in an attempt to
deal with the appalling (and expensive) turn outs of recent years. Now it’s up
to you! We also have a first-rate speaker in Jo Mungovin, who immediately after
the AGM will give “The Life, Times and Places of the Elephant Man”. You may
have seen Jo with Michael Portillo in his new series “Hidden Histories”, taking
about Joseph Merrick and the Royal London Hospital. This promises to be
fascinating - don’t miss it.
Gordon will announce
that he is to retire at the 2019 AGM. This is crucially important. As a
registered charity we cannot continue to exist without a treasurer. I will
repeat that I intend to retire at the 2021 AGM.
AETHELFLAED: Tuesday 10 June. I have been invited by Tamworth Civic Society
to represent the Society at a service to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of
the death of Queen Aethelflaed of Mercia, who at the head of her army retook
Leicester from the Danes in 917. This will be at St. Editha’s Church, Tamworth,
so I might not be back in time for our meeting. In which case Howard will
please take charge.
SOCIETY: I am to attend the Victorian Society 40th Anniversary Dinner
on Thursday 10 May.
PARTNERSHIP: Monday 14 May at Great Meetings. No further details at the