Tressell Ward report (August 2016)
Ore Business Park
Work on the Old Ore Business Park housing development continues, with complaints continuing about lorries using Broomgrove and Hurrell roads for access. Planning officers have now issued enforcement notices to stop this, and get the developer to comply with other conditions that have so far been ignored.
Ore Community Land Trust AGM
Ore Community Land Trust held their AGM on 23rd July at the Salvation Army Hall on Old London Road, and found a few more volunteers to join the management committee. There were warm tributes to Ian Sier too, who stands down from the committee after many years of fighting to save Speckled Wood, as he’s moving away. OCLT desperately need volunteers to help still, but the woodland itself is looking wonderful now, with many well-maintained paths, steps and bridges across the stream, all built by volunteers without the support of the landowners. If you think you can help, do please get involved. Without an active local trust comprised from local people willing to take on the responsibility for the woodland, its long term survival as open space can’t be guaranteed.
Frederick Road development
The Frederick Road (‘Road to Nowhere’) site has now definitely been sold, to Orbit housing association, who will be developing it in conjunction with a local developer. No plans have yet been submitted, but we’ll report them here as soon as they are. This should help to bring about part of the Greenway Project, as outlined in our planning strategy, which goes though this site, across the adjoining council-owned land (the wooded area at the bottom of the grassy recreation site at the top end of Farley Bank), through the Ore Business Park development, and on to Hurrell Road. The Greenway would then cross the railway via the footbridge, and extend through the environmental space at the southern edge of the Ore Valley site, when this is eventually developed (no plans for that yet though).
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