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|Posted by email@example.com on November 27, 2018 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
Ashby's electorate passed the Neighbourhood Plan with a 92% "Yes" vote in the referendum held on Thursday 22 November 2018. The article below gives the background to the Neighbourhood Plan and explains its significance in boosting the planning protection for the Bath Grounds and Ashby's other green spaces.
The full result was;
YES - 2246 (92% of votes cast)
NO - 183
The turnout was 22%.
The plan still has to be formally "made" by North West Leicestershire District Council but will be taken into account in all relevant planning applications form now on.
Many thanks to everyone who voted "YES". This is a significant step forward in our campaign to prevent house building on the Bath Grounds.
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on October 25, 2018 at 8:50 AM||comments (0)|
On Thursday 22nd November, residents of Ashby will have the opportunity to vote in a local referendum on Ashby’s Neighbourhood Plan. The Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds are encouraging everyone interested in protecting the Bath Grounds and other green spaces in the town to turn out and vote in favour of adopting the plan. Committee member Dave Bigby said, “A high turn-out and strong vote for the Ashby’s Neighbourhood Plan is particularly important at a time when our Bath Grounds are, once again, threatened with building development”.
The Friends have been heavily involved in seeking the strongest possible protection for the Bath Grounds in the Neighbourhood Plan. If adopted, the plan will become part of the statutory Development Plan for the area and must be taken into account in all relevant planning decisions. It designates the Bath Grounds and Ashby’s other parks as “Local Green Space”, which provides an additional layer of planning protection as if they were Green Belt. Specifically, the draft Plan states that, “new development [on these sites] is ruled out other than in very special circumstances” and “the construction of new buildings on Local Green Spaces is inappropriate”. The Neighbourhood Plan also describes the Bath Grounds as “Playing Fields” which should assist in renewal of the lease when the time comes.
Ashby’s Neighbourhood Plan has been developed over a period of 5 years and is based on extensive work by a series of local focus groups, covering the areas of Housing and the Built Environment, Economic Growth, Accessibility and Transport, Town Centre Vitality and Education and Leisure with the whole process overseen by a Steering Group consisting of 4 Town Councillors, a representative from Ashby Civic Society, a representative from Ashby Town Team and Town Council officers. Several drafts went through a series of Community Consultations before being examined by a Government Planning Inspector in the spring. The 22nd November referendum will be the final stage in bringing the Plan to fruition.
Dr Bigby continued, “Whilst I and many others would have preferred the Neighbourhood Plan to have been stronger in limiting further housing development in Ashby, unfortunately it is a legal requirement that it does not conflict with strategic policies in the current District Local Plan. Despite these limitations, the Neighbourhood Plan will provide significant additional protection to the Bath Grounds and Ashby’s other parks. It also addresses important issues such as future housing mix for both market and affordable housing, design criteria for new housing and the need for a Masterplan and Design Code for the new Money Hill Development agreed in conjunction with the Town Council.”
The Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds are also pleased to report that they have now received over 7400 signatures for their petition against any house building on the Bath Grounds. This will be presented to the District Council if and when the threatened planning application is eventually submitted.
|Posted by email@example.com on June 15, 2018 at 4:10 AM||comments (0)|
We hear there are new plans a foot to build houses on the Bath Grounds. Keep an eye on our facebook, twitter and website page and invite your facebook friends to follow our page. We will post more information very soon
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on March 5, 2016 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
The "Pride in our Bath Grounds" campaign was launched in July 2015.
The campaign has focussed on three areas;
1. Dog mess - "bag it, bin it"
2. Litter - "bin it, take it home"
3. Unwanted behaviour - "not welcome here"
We have been working with; Ruth Mulvany (District Council), Matt Longley (Chairman of The Cricket Club), Mark Arjoo (Leicestershire Police), Jack Fargher (Clerk, Town Council) and, of course, the general public.
Bag It, Bin It
We have started by;
- Temporary stenciling paths and walkways asking people to pick up and bin dog waste.
- Highlighting irresponsable dog management with small flags stuck into the ground next to offending poo asking people to bag and bin it.
- Asking dog owners to pledge to pick up, always pick up and help others to do the same.
We had great support with the dog flagging initiative in 2015, raising awareness and resulting in a 65% reduction in dog mess on the Bath Grounds over the last 6 months. We will be progressing this initiative again this year.
We had 2 successful litter picks in 2015 and are now arranging to be involved once again in the Big Ashby Litter Pick in April 2016. You can sign up to get involved here http:/www.bathgroundsfriends.com/pride-in-our-bath-grounds
We will be encouraging Police and Friends' presence on 'high risk' litter days in 2016.
The litter campaign is being organised by Annie Ingram, our Pride Co-ordinator, in association with NWLDC Street Action Team and Ashby Town Council. It is clear that the Pride in our Bath Grounds Litter initiative is supported by the Ashby community and that there is a great desire to look after the Bath Grounds.
The new footpath and the work being carried out on the railway arch path are helping to open up the Bath Grounds and reduce dark areas which can attract anti social beaviour (ASB).
We have continued working with the police to ensure regular foot patrols.
Please continue to report ASB activity to NWLDC on their website www.nwleics.gov.uk/pages/antisocial_behaviour and to the Police on their non-emergency number, 101, at the time the incident is happening or at their webiste http://www.leics.police.uk/local-policing/ashby/team#.U8LioJRdWJB. You can ask to remain anonymous if you prefer.
|Posted by email@example.com on October 15, 2015 at 9:05 AM||comments (0)|
The Rotary Club of Ashby de la Zouch Castle are putting on a Santa Fun Run & Walk starting and finishing on the Bath Grounds on Sunday 29th November. It consists of a 3km run or walk around Ashby de la Zouch dressed as Santa!
The main beneficiary of the event will be Hospice Hope, a very worthy local cause. For further information please go to:
Ashby Santa Fun Run (@AshbySantaRun) | Twitter
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on September 16, 2015 at 10:55 AM||comments (2)|
We are please to confirm that the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds in partnership with Ashby de la Zouch Town Council have received £44,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project led by volunteers to create all weather footpaths and a heritage trail around Ashby Bath Grounds. The HLF funding, together with £20,000 previously awarded by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC), means that the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds have now raised the full £65,000 required and work will commence this autumn.
There will be opportunities to get involved with a wide range of activities including discovering archaeology using surface techniques, performing a ballad, creating a mosaic and taking part in a programme of lectures and guided walks. If you are interested in taking part please come along to the project launch event at Hastings Cricket Club on the Bath Grounds on Sunday 20th September 2015 starting at 11:30am. All are welcome. There will be a brief introduction to the various planned activities and a celebratory drink and buffet. You can also keep in touch with specific project activities and events via the new Project website www.bathgroundspath.com.
Commenting on the award, the Secretary of the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds, Clare Birch said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. We believe that this project will develop community pride and knowledge of the history of the Bath Grounds as well as providing a much needed, all weather pedestrian route between the two entrances. This will be particularly useful for elderly residents and parents with push chairs as well as attracting tourists through the park. We are hoping for a big turnout at the launch event on 20 September.”
|Posted by email@example.com on June 10, 2015 at 3:50 PM||comments (2)|
On the 28th May 2015 we submitted our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Project Title is "Ashby Bath Grounds - Improved Accessibility and Community Heritage Project." The Project is designed to raise the match funding required to complement the NWLDC £20,000 awarded last year towards the Bath Grounds Footpath between the South Street and Prior Park Rd entrances, but also includes many Community Heritage Educational activities to be undertaken in around the Bath Grounds over an 18 month period from September 2015. Ashby Town Council are partners on the bid and we have signed a parnership agreement with them. We are also working closely with Ken Hillier and Ashby Museum, the Cricket and Bowling Clubs, Pudding Bag Productions (Wendy Freer) and many other volunteers.
The Activities included in the bid are as follows:
- Project admin, monitoring, evaluation and reporting
- Project website and social media
- Improved accessibility path around the Bath Grounds
- Bath Grounds heritage trail
- Community archaeology
- History of the spa and Bath Grounds film
- Ballad of the Bath Grounds - to be filmed and recorded during the Ashby Arts Festival 2016
- Community mosaics
- New edition of "Ashby - The Spa Town" book
- Ashby Spa and Bath Grounds education boxes
- Ashby Spa and Bath Grounds lecture programme
- Spa and Bath Grounds stall and exhibitions for local events
- Bath Grounds trail walking tours
- Heritage trail guide
- Project launch and completion events
The total Project value including the £20,000 already awarded by the Distrcit Council is £64,702. Further details can be found on our Projects page.
We are expectiong a decision from the Heritage Lottery Fund in early August 2015.
FOABG AGM - Ashby Museum - 7:30pm Wed. 27th May 2015. All members welcome - join us for a glass of wine!
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on May 15, 2015 at 7:40 AM||comments (0)|
Elect your Committee and hear updates on our Heritage Lottery Fund Application "Ashby Bath Grounds - Improved Accessibility and Community Heritage Project" and other new initiatives. See our Home page for a link to download the Agenda.
|Posted by email@example.com on May 15, 2015 at 7:20 AM||comments (0)|
We will be raising money for the Hospice Hope Charity and the Friends during this year's Ashby Arts Festival.Our plant sale will rely on the kind donations of the public, local groups and friends to make this a successful event. If you have any plants to donate please contact Clare Birch at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 07958 232291or you can deliver them between 4 - 7 pm on Fri 22nd May at the Cricket Clubhouse on the Bath Grounds.
|Posted by email@example.com on December 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
Thanks to the online votes of our members and supporters, we have been awarded one of the District Council's "£20k for 7" grants.
Claire Birch, Secretary and Elaine Robinson, Acting Chair collectied the Friends' "Golden Ticket" from Council Leader Richard Blunt at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 17th December 2014. See the photo on our Projects page
We still have to raise a further £25000 to make the footpath a reality and the Golden Ticket will only be honoured by the Council when our fund raising reaches another £20k. So the real challenge now begins.
We have recently begun the process of applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the rest of the money and will be meeting with them in the New Year to discuss our bid.