January - March 2005 News
East of England Plan 10th
March Update:There are now only 6 more days before
the closing date for submissions on this plan. The Rural Preservation
Society and Theydon Bois Parish Council are both finalising their
responses and you should have by now recieved a notice through your
letter box about making a response to the plan. We hope that as many
of you as possible will make the effort to reply as this plan will
certainly affect us all well into the future. Numbers will count!
Open Gardens Day: After years of organising Open Gardens Day Joy Wainwright is taking a well earned rest and this year the task has fallen to Carole James. This year will be the 25th year for Open Gardens Day in our village and Carol is sure that the village gardeners will be working hard as usual to put on magnificient displays. If you would like to open your garden on the day or want further information contact Carol. Tel: 01992 812250. Note the date in your diaries: SUNDAY 26th JUNE.
Youth Initiatives: In the past the Parish Council had been criticised for not doing enough to provide for the 11-16 year old age group. A youth audit was carried out but the response had been disappointing and some of the facilities requested it would not be feasible for the Parish Council to provide. What has now been proposed is that a hard play area would be the best compromise and would be for general community use as well as for the teenagers. Cllr Padfield displayed a picture of the proposed scheme to those present at the last open Parish Council Meeting. . The Play Area would be 20m x 12m with 3m high fencing. Also proposed is a youth shelter and small 10m x 6m area for skateboarding adjacent to the main pitch, together with sympathetic landscaping.
A number of sites had been discussed and discounted as unsuitable prior to the Parish Council Meeting . The Youth Centre had been discussed at length and it was felt that with the pending pubic enquiry the dispute over the site may be lengthy, and in any event the outcome was uncertain. Even if the Youth Club were to be retained for community use it could be expensive to run. It was therefore felt that the only remaining option was on the site of the disused public conveniences on the Green.
Cllr Padfield emphasised at the meeting that it would be necessary for the village as a whole to support the idea in order for it to proceed and wider consultation with the community would need to take place. Approval from the Corporation of London would also be necessary to utilise the site.
Cllr Gooch raised concerns that such a facility would change the character of the Green and questioned the need for such a high cost provision, given the number of teenagers being catered for. He also stated that should a grant be received from EFDC for this facility now and the Youth Club became available to the Parish Council at a later date, it would be at a disadvantage having already received funding for a large youth project in the Village.
Cllrs Gooch, Jones and Oliver felt that to apply for planning
permission at this stage was premature and greater consultation should
take place before a resolution was passed.
Cllr Padfield advised that the Parish Council would have to reassure the Corporation of London that it would accept full responsibility for the facility and that it would be properly managed. It may be necessary to install CCTV equipment. The police had been consulted regarding the location of the site and it had met with their approval. As EFDC could provide up to £35,000 towards the project, but only for a limited period, Cllr Padfield stated that it was therefore important that planning permission was sought at this stage to move the project forward. An article would appear in the March edition of the Village News seeking feedback from residents
The following resolution was put to the Parish Council: The Parish Council will apply to EFDC for planning permission for a hard play area and associated facilities on the site of the Public conveniences on the Green. The application will be made on the current draft plan, subject to any amendments made by the Corporation of London.
Proposed: Cllr Padfield Seconded: Cllr Hammond
At the end of the meeting when members of the public were allowed
to speak several village residents near to the Green expressed their
anger at the possibility of having a hard play area built on the site
of the current toilet block. Concern was also expressed regarding
the nuisance it might cause to the residents of Elm Court.
Councilors said that concerns were noted and consultation would continue.
East of England Plan 19th Jan. Update:We have now added download pdf copies of all the main documents connected with the plan on our site. See article below.
East of England Plan (pdf 2.7mb) Approx. 12 minutes on 56K dial-up.
Technical Summary of the Report of the Sustainability Appraisal(pdf
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Report of the Sustainability Appraisal (pdf 1.3Mb) Approx 7 minutes on 56K dial-up.
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East of England Plan: EERA's East
of England Plan was published
in the middle of December and is now in the public consultation phase.
Comments on the plan can only be made up to the closing date for submissions
which is 5pm on the 16th March 2005. This is a very important document
that proposes the building of 478,000 in the East of England, 123,400
of these will be in Essex and 11,000 in the Epping Forest District.
Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation
Society together with other bodies and M.P. Eleanor Laing have
already presented a Petition
about the environmental damage this number of homes
would cause to the Forest and surrounding area and they are working
on a response to the plan as a whole. They have posted their first
comments on an EERA Up
Date Page together with a number of useful links. Our Parish Council
is also considering their response but is is important that as many
people as possible should make a submission before the closing date.
Latest January Neighbourhood Watch/Beat Mobile Newsletters: are now on site Click Here to keep informed about the latest Watch issues.
The Month in Theydon (December): Trevor Roberts latest report is on line Click Here.
Parish Council Minutes: The November Parish Council Meeting Minutes are now available. Click here.
Village News December 2004 Issue 48: The full colour pdf of the latest issue is now available to download Click here.
Theydon Bois Village Youth Audit:
As you may remember from a previous
news item on this Web Site, an audit was circulated for completion
by the youth of the village. The aim of the audit was to try and
determine what the youth of the village were currently doing in
their free time and what other facilities they would like to be
New Fingerpost Sign at the Junction of Coopersale Lane/Abridge Road: We were very pleased to receive a donation from a local resident, Miss Hudson of Coopersale Lane, to cover the costs of re-erecting the wooden fingerpost sign now in place at the junction of the Abridge Road and Coopersale Lane. This was made and installed by Mathew Cable (ex V. Cable & Sons Builders of Bell Common) who has the "Grandfather rights" from the Highways Dept at EFDC to erect such signs, although it then becomes the responsibility of the Parish to maintain that item. We believe this enhances the local environment and supports the fact that Theydon Bois still remains a Village, despite it's proximity to London, the M25 and the Central Line. Wooden fingerpost signs still remain an effective way for signposting on a B road, in this case replacing a dilapidated metal sign not in keeping with the countryside.
Cllr A.E. Purkiss
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