To comment on any of the items below or obtain further information, please contact Cllrs Tania Charman and Peter Chowney.
Road to Nowhere
The Frederick Road ‘road-to-nowhere’ (old St Helen’s hospital site) is finally being brought forward for development. This was sold to local developer Gemselect early last year. Now they’re organising a pre-application planning forum, which allows then to consult the public on their proposals before they submit a planning application. The Frederick Road forum will take place on: 30th October at 6pm in Muriel Matters House (the council offices on the seafront, entrance via the Tourist Information Centre),
At the forum, the developer presents their plans, residents’ groups and councillors can ask questions or make statements, then after a break, everyone gets a chance. If there are a very large number of people there, the local councillors co-ordinate the questions to be asked in the second half – I will be there to do that. Usually, the plans will not have been circulated before the meeting, so they’ll be as much a surprise to me as they will be to everyone else.
Ore Community Land Trust AGM
Ore Community Land Trust held its AGM at the Salvation Army Hall last Saturday, which was attended by about 50 people. They reported good progress with Speckled Wood, having tracked down some landowners there. The council has also agreed to transfer a couple of small parcels of land it owns to OCLT. This will begin the process of land assembly, although funds will have to be raised to do this. They were also enthusiastic about the prospect of taking on other open space in the Ore Valley, and the possibility of accompanying funding. For more details, see the Tressell Councillors website.
Peter has also updated the website – it includes more recent pictures of us, amongst other things!
Recently, we’ve delivered newsletters to Oakfield, Sandown, and School Roads, and talked to residents along there. You can see all our newsletters here.