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Planned Road Closure Horse Road

posted 16 Mar 2017, 08:22 by M Bain   [ updated 16 Mar 2017, 08:23 ]



Parish Newsletter February 2017 to April 2017

posted 8 Feb 2017, 09:07 by M Bain   [ updated 8 Feb 2017, 09:11 ]

The Wellington Heath Parish Newsletter is published quarterly.

The Editor, Marc Low (tel: 635345), is always on the lookout for interesting articles and parish news.

If anyone has any news or an amusing story/anecdote/article/photo please contact Marc on Parish Newsletter.

The Newsletter also welcomes local business advertisers. The rates are very reasonable and discounts are available for annual contracts. If you are interested in advertising please contact Jennifer Jones on 632745.



The February 2017 Edition is attached below.

Travellers Site Planning Application: Update Jan 2017

posted 20 Jan 2017, 10:28 by M Bain   [ updated 4 Mar 2017, 09:29 ]

Planning Application P160238/F - Land at Oak Tree View, Beggars Ash, Wellington Heath

Change of use of land from agricultural to a one family traveller site including stationing of two mobile homes, 2 touring caravans, treatment plant, sheds and associated parking/turning/hardstanding and new access.

This planning application was submitted in January 2016 to develop a caravan site for an extended family of Romany Gypsies in a small field off Beggars Ash. The site lies on the boundary of the parish and of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), just before the sign for Wellington Heath village.

Numerous objections were submitted from parishioners and from both the Wellington Heath Parish Council and Ledbury Town Council. A much smaller number of representations of support for the application were also made, but the majority were from outside the parish and simply commented on the hardworking nature and good character of the applicant family.

The main concerns of parishioners related to the adverse impact of the development on the landscape and AONB. We did not want our wish to establish a strategic gap of open countryside between the village and Ledbury, as confirmed by consultations on our Neighbourhood Development Plan, to be ignored. The proposal was contrary to the existing pattern of development and would have stood out as an undesirable and undistinguished collection of caravans or mobile homes in a sensitive and high quality landscape. There would be a need to import a large volume of fill material to level the site and construct the entrance track that would destroy existing habitats and permanently change the nature of the site. Other concerns were expressed about the site lighting, sewage disposal arrangements, access, removal of hedgerow and the traffic hazards along Beggars Ash.

One further issue that was raised by objectors was whether the applicant family could still be regarded as travellers under the terms of the Government’s definition in its policy document Planning Policy For Traveller Sites and as established in case law.

Lobbying of members of the Planning Committee was undertaken on all of these issues prior to the meeting to decide the application.

Herefordshire Council’s planning officers clearly had difficulty in preparing a report on whether or not the application for planning permission should be approved. The application finally came before the Council’s Planning Committee on 18 January 2017 with a recommendation for approval.

At the meeting, a member of the Parish Council and a representative of the objectors spoke against the application and urged the Committee to refuse it. Our Herefordshire Ward Councillor, Liz Harvey, gave a powerful but well balance speech that ended with a request for refusal.  These speakers proved influential and after a good debate the Committee refused planning permission.

This may not be the end of the matter as the applicant has a right of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate so we need to be vigilant and prepared to fight on. It also shows the importance of formally adopting our Neighbourhood Development Plan as soon as possible in order to protect that area of countryside.


(Contact details for the planning officer Mr Fernando Barber-Martinez can be found on the Herefordshire Council website together with information about the planning application:  https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200142/planning_services/planning_application_search/details?id=160238&search=160238

Panto Photos

posted 9 Jan 2017, 03:42 by M Bain   [ updated 16 Jan 2017, 10:51 by Wellington Heath Cap ]

Here are a  few photos from the WHADS Pantomime "Jack and the Beanstalk" which featured the famous adventurer Teddy Bear Grylls.
Panto 2017 Photos


Jack and the Beanstalk WHADS Pantomime 2017





 




Caitlin - In Memoriam

posted 22 Nov 2016, 14:58 by M Bain   [ updated 6 Dec 2016, 01:45 ]


Lucy has  set up a Facebook page called Caitlins Stars in her honour. The page is being used to share photos and videos of Caitlin but also to raise money in Caitlin's honour.

Caitlin felt very passionately about disabled actors being able to perform alongside able bodied actors on stage and we found a company called 'The Graeae Theatre Company' based in London which not only does that, with productions worldwide, but also gives them the same professional training that pupils would receive at other drama schools.

If you would like to contribute or visit the facebook page please use the links below:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Caitlins-Stars

https://m.facebook.com/caitlinsstars/

Thank you, Sean, Louise & Lucy

Neighbourhood Plan Bulletin 7

posted 22 Aug 2016, 03:07 by M Bain   [ updated 7 Nov 2016, 05:40 ]

The neighbourhood plan bulletin 7 is now available:

On the Village Website: Neighbourhood Planning 
Or on the Neighbourhood Plan Website: https://sites.google.com/site/whnpwg/plan-working-group/wrking-group-bulletins

Parish Newsletter - November 2016 to January 2017

posted 15 Aug 2016, 12:51 by Wellington Heath Cap   [ updated 15 Nov 2016, 02:37 by M Bain ]

The Wellington Heath Parish Newsletter is published quarterly.

The Editor, Marc Low (tel: 635345), is always on the lookout for interesting articles and parish news.

If anyone has any news or an amusing story/anecdote/article/photo please contact Marc on Parish Newsletter.

The Newsletter also welcomes local business advertisers. The rates are very reasonable and discounts are available for annual contracts. If you are interested in advertising please contact Jennifer Jones on 632745.


The November 2016 Edition is attached below.

New national number to call if there is a power outage

posted 11 Aug 2016, 04:10 by M Bain   [ updated 11 Aug 2016, 04:11 ]

Information provided by Western Power Distribution;

On 6th September a new national phone number “105” will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area.

 Key points to note about this service are:
  • Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
  • 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. Customers can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.
  • 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.
  • Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.
Attached is a pdf  with more details about this valuable new service.
 

Neighbourhood Watch Information

posted 14 Jun 2016, 02:38 by M Bain   [ updated 14 Jun 2016, 02:38 ]

LEDBURY


Burglary - Horse Road
On Thursday 9th of June between 12:30 and 20:00 persons unknown have entered a property and stolen jewellery.


Burglary - Bank Crescent
On Thursday 9th of June between 15:30 and 16:40 a property was broken into and jewellery stolen. Offenders have been disturbed while trying to take 2 televisions and have made off leaving them in the hallway.

 

Please continue to be vigilant.







Ledbury Viaduct Development

posted 10 May 2016, 08:17 by M Bain   [ updated 12 Jun 2016, 11:00 ]

Information about the Ledbury Viaduct Development by Bloor Homes
is available on the following website: http://www.viaduct-ledbury.co.uk/ 

As you may be aware the Parish Council and the Wellington Heath Neighbourhood Planning Group are concerned that the development is likely to increase traffic on the rural roads through Wellington Heath, especially if the proposed main access is located on the Bromyard Road instead of under the Viaduct onto the Ledbury Bypass.  
 
A comments form is still available for download on the website although the deadline for submission has now passed. However if you have views about the development I am sure that Bloor Homes would welcome them. Comments can be sent by post
to Thornbury House, 18 High Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1DZ) or emailed to emily.penkett@hunterpage.net

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