|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on April 26, 2019 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
Great news! On 10th September 2018, Ashby Town Council voted unanimously to "enter into a dialogue with Oakland Hotels to acquire the freehold of the Bath Grounds in its entirety and to make it clear to the land owner that the TC will not surrender the lease to the Bath Grounds either fully or partially now or in the future and also on expiry of the current lease the TC will pursue a renewal of the lease for a similar length of time as the current lease provides". This is a great start to our campaign. However we still have to persuade the District Council to turn down the planning application when it is submitted. We will let you know about sending letters of objection when the time comes.
|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 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 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
|Posted by email@example.com on November 20, 2014 at 8:05 AM||comments (5)|
The plans to build the "leisure pavilion" (commercial development) on the rear of the Royal Hotel car park and the kiosk at he front of the carpark were approved by of the NWLDC planning committee on November 4th 2014. We opposed this Application because of the design and proposed use of the Pavilion and Kiosk though we have no objections to the much needed improvements to the hotel itself. These are long overdue and will enhance Ashby and the Conservation area.
Ashby Town Council Planning Committee objected to this applications on grounds of loss of open space and poor design. However when it came to the District Council Planning Committee, those members of Ashby Town Council who also sit on that Committee all voted in favour of the Royal Hotel Application.
Thankyou to our many supporters who lobbied the District Council Planning Committee and came along to the meeting. We must now work to ensure that the building work is completed as sympathetically as possible for the Bath Grounds with the best materials available. In particular we must ensure that the improvements to the Royal Hotel are actually implemented.
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on November 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
If you would like to contact one of the councillors on the District Council planning committee to express your concerns/objections before next tuesday, regarding the Leisure Pavillion commercial building - then below are email and telephone contacts. Even if you can't speak to them in person you should be able to leave a message!
It can make a difference and is a powerful way of lobbying .. the Planning Application Number is 14/00104/FULM
email@example.com – 01530 459235 /07557 038432
firstname.lastname@example.org - 01530 411643 /07765 251208
email@example.com, - 01530 564645
firstname.lastname@example.org, - 01530 414300
email@example.com – 01530 223074 / 07854 687629
firstname.lastname@example.org - 01530 452930
email@example.com - 01530 468179
firstname.lastname@example.org - 01530 834597
email@example.com - 01530 01530 832457 / 07976 728003
firstname.lastname@example.org – 01530 415692
email@example.com, - 01530 832622 / 07981 500997
firstname.lastname@example.org - 01530 515317 / 07738 461947
email@example.com, - 01530 835668
firstname.lastname@example.org - 01530 817544
email@example.com - 01530 222970 / 07762 924720
firstname.lastname@example.org - 01530 831542 / 07989 577847
email@example.com, - 01530 459514 / 07773 341531
firstname.lastname@example.org - 01530 564645
email@example.com - 01530 589625
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on November 1, 2014 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
The Spaceship is Landing!
Planning application to be decided next week
Next Tuesday, 4th November, is decision day when the planning application for improvements to the Royal Hotel and new commercial buildings on the car park next to the hotel is due to be considered.
We are encouraging as many people as possible to come along to the meeting.
Our concerns centre on the planned 'pavilion', next to the Hotel and facing the Bath Grounds (shown above).
We have no objections to the proposed improvements and extension of the Royal Hotel itself as these are long overdue and will enhance Ashby and the Conservation area.
However, the proposed 'pavilion' is a substantial two storey building, with a larger footprint than the hotel itself, located in the conservation area, overlooking the Bath Grounds and between a pair of grade II* listed buildings.
• The design is wholly inappropriate for this very sensitive area;
• It will impact the character of the area due to its scale, proportions and massing;
• It has an imposing frontage on to the Bath Grounds;
• Important views within the conservation area will be lost;
• The proposed uses are contrary to planning policy;
• Car parking spaces for users of the Bath Grounds will be lost.
We are also concerned about the impact of the overall proposal on the Hastings Garden, where parking is planned. Little reassurance has been given about continued access by the public and the impact on trees in the area.
The application will be considered by the District Council planning committee on Tuesday 4th November, at the council offices in Coalville starting at 4:30pm. It's first on the agenda so you won't need to be there for too long!
Thank you for your time and support. Hope to see you on Tuesday.
|Posted by email@example.com on October 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
Great new on Funidng!
We have just heard that our application for £20,000 towards funding for the Bath Grounds Footpath Project has been supported “in principle” by North West Leicestershire District Council.
However, this doesn’t mean that we are certain to win the funding. We now need you, and everyone you know, to prove that the Project commands a high level of support amongst the community.
To do this you need to vote for the “Area 5” Project on the council website. You can vote by following this link http://www.nwleics.gov.uk/247vote.
You will have to register on the site and then place your vote. Although ours is the only Project submitted for Ashby you still need to vote for it so that we can prove to the Council that it’s well supported. And please only vote for our Project as its popularity will be judged against the number of votes for the other Projects.
Don’t worry if you don’t have your own email address. Just register using an address made up as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are assured that will work.
The closing date for voting is Sunday 9th November so please VOTE NOW.