ESJF NEWSLETTER 18

Last updated: 30th July 2013

 

WE’VE DONE IT!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL ESJF MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

 On the evening of 16th July Exeter City Council adopted the Exeter St James Neighbourhood Plan.

The Plan now forms part of Exeter’s statutory development plans and in future the policies it contains will be used to help determine planning applications.

This decision can also be seen as the green light for projects which have been proposed. Some projects are already under way for example turning Queen’s Crescent Garden into a community green space; some others need volunteers to help get them going. For example the identification of key streets for environmental enhancement, replacement or addition of trees in residential streets (Well Street, Prospect Park and West Avenue are suggested); working with the City Council and the University to manage any adverse impacts that arise from the high level of student accommodation in the ward; the promotion of the development of affordable sustainable homes for local people; setting up a St James Heritage trail and an oral history project; preservation and development of the allotments at St James Park Station; adoption of St James Park station.

 

The Steering Committee also has three standing panels to consider

Transport in the Ward, University Relations and, when planning applications arise, Design of proposed developments. 

I HOPE MANY OF YOU WILL BE KEEN TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH ONE OR MORE OF THESE PROJECTS – TO DO THAT PLEASE E MAIL info@exeterstjamesforum.org AND WE WILL PUT YOU IN TOUCH WITH THE RELEVANT PROJECT AND PANEL LEADERS

 

NEWS FROM THE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS

Bury Meadow RA – beautiful new park gates have been installed

Devonshire Place RA – work to improve the orchard is progressing

Oxford Road RA – currently coping with road works and diversions

Powderham Crescent RA– thanks goes to Rory Cunningham for a quick and effective response to end of term rubbish problems

Prospect Park RA – PPRA have agreed to invite residents from adjacent streets to their social events – if you would like to be added to the PPRA mailing list please let us know at info@exeterstjamesforum.org

Thornton West RA – building works on the new student accommodation development is nearly complete. A meeting between the agent, Rory Cunningham and Thornton West Residents’ Association has been held to ensure good relations with the students, who will occupy the building as from 1st September. 

Horseguards – A resident from HG reported that there are ongoing commuter parking issues in their roads.

 

WHO ARE THE FORUM STEERING GROUP MEMBERS? DO YOU KNOW ANY OF US?

At the AGM in May Jo Hawkins, Annette Plaut, Robyn Connett, Frazer Ozment, Ruth Stringer and Di Boston were re-elected and Philippa Hogan was also elected. Di has taken over the role of Chair from Jo and Annette is now the Treasurer.

Residents’ Association representatives are Lynn Hartman from Bury Meadow, Mark or Claire Phillips from Devonshire Place, Mark Clemoes from Oxford Road, Paul Layton from Powderham Crescent, Meg Hitchcock from Prospect Park, Aylwyn Bowen from Thornton West.

Representatives from the University and Guild of Students, officers of Exeter City Council and local councillors are also invited.

 

Queens Crescent Garden Project

The Steering Group has been eager to make a start with this, the top priority project, and plans are being made for the setting up of a Community Interest Company to assume responsibility for the development and future management of this community green space. Application is also being made for initial funding so that all is in place for the Council to initiate a Compulsory Purchase Order. Already key stakeholders have been involved and a community event in Queens Crescent Garden, to celebrate its new beginning, is in the pipeline. Further information on the website, which will be updated regularly so keep checking back!

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