St. Leonards Neighbourhood Association

Exeter Devon England Registered Charity Number:- 283568

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CURRENT TOPICS OF INTEREST

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This is yet another very serious problem for the community. ERADE are moving to Exmouth and their site on the south side of Topsham Road s being developed into housing and a care home, but the playing field on the other side of Topsham Road is not part of that development. I have recently kindly been informed by ERADE that Burrington Estates, a housing builder will be putting up a proposal for public consultationon the 7th May 2019. This is not yet a planning application. ECC Planning dept, who knew nothing of this, say that as it is a playing field it will be protected. Call me cynical, but I am not reassured by the word ‘protected’.

I have been in conversation with ERADE over the last few years over this piece of land as I have a vision for it. A flat green playing field, the only one of its kind in St Leonards, with a much needed low-impact, multi-purpose community building to one side. Along the lines of the one being built in Belmont Park at the moment.

The community must not let us lose yet more green space to some ghastly ‘executive home’ gated (anti-social) community. Keep an eye on the website for updates on our efforts. Your help may be needed.

TO SEE THE LETTER FROM BURRINGTON ESTATES

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DAYS AND DAYS OF STREET
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In February and March of this year we started planning to hold a community party in Bull Meadow in June, quite an informal event getting people to bring their picnic to the park, take part in games if they want, listen to gentle live music and chat to friends. Planning was nearly complete when we were approached by Exeter City Futures who, in conjunction with DCC, ECC, local NHS and Exeter College have planned a 'car free' event centred on our wonderful Magdalen Road shops. They asked if the SLNA would like to join in and after much discussion the committee decided to cancel the June party and join in with the July one.

This has all been decided just before the Neighbourhood News went to press so please forgive the lack of firm information at present, updates will appear on the SLNA website, on the noticeboard in Magdalen Road and at the AGM in May. The dates of the three-day party are the 5th, 6th and 7th of July, which coincide with the Exeter Festival.

The events are likely to be along the lines of Topsham's Long Table, tables in the street, people bring or buy their own food and drink, but with the extras of family 'sports day' type activities and listening to live music, all in the middle of the road!

Exeter City Futures want to make this event one which not only publicises our wonderful 'village' street, but also raises awareness of the need to reduce car use, increase cycle use and make our City an even more pleasant place in which to live.

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Generation Linking

In conjunction with St Leonards Primary School we have held two events linking older people in the area with children from the school. There has been a theme each time and all generations have taken part in activities and refreshments at the school. Conversation has flowed and friendships made.

A third event is planned for May 24th from 1.30 to 3pm, if you know of anyone who would like to be invited please get in touch with us, 01392 274667.

We are building up a list of people who would like to be kept informed of future Generation events, see the poster here. If you or anyone you know would like their names added to the list then please email or ring us.

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BULL MEADOW PARK - ALMSHOUSE DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

The Exeter Homes Trust has just put in a planning application for their plan to develop the almshouses in Fairpark Road. Exeter City Council announced that they were prepared to sell EHT a piece of Bull Meadow for easier vehicular access. A well organised campaign by the residents to oppose this sale put their views to the Council who met on the 17th January 2019 and decided unanimously that the sale should not take place. The matter then came up before the Executive Committee on the 12th February who decided that the land should be sold to EHT only if they achieved planning permission for the development. In the opinion of the Neighbourhood Association it would be quite possible and preferable to allow vehicular access from the top of the site. Any encouragement for vehicles to use the narrow roads around a pleasant family park would be a detrimental move.

A Planning Application has been received and it is available on the Exeter City Website, the meeting is now scheduled for the 20th May 2019

Click here to see it.

Reactions and comments should be sent to:- goran.molin@exeter.gov.uk or to Goran Molin, Planning Officer, ECC, Paris Street, EX1 1JJ. Although the objection time ended on Thursday 28 March 2019 ECC has said that it will accept objections after that date.

An e-petition was set up on the Exeter City website which had to close on the 28th March. It received 415 signatures of objection.

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CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

CLICK FOR HINTS ON OBJECTING

 

CLICK TO SEE SOME LETTERS OF OBJECTION

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St Leonard’s pre-school is moving!

After a long search the St Leonard's pre-school has found a secure new home. Our new home from September 2019 will be at the South Street Baptist Church Palace Gate centre. 

The new pre-school hours will be: Monday – Thursday: 9am – 2.15pm (there can be flexibility on pick up times)

We will be running drop in sessions for children and parents to come and visit our new home on June 7th and June 21st 1.15pm- 2.15pm. Please come and see us!

Please direct all enquiries to Anne Dickinson: 07773 656751 or email c.a.dickinson1456@gmail.com

Our new address from August 2019 will be:

Palace Gate Centre

3, Palace Gate

Exeter

EX1 1JA

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FOR A LIST OF ALL THE ACTIVITIES YOU COULD GET INVOLVED WITH IN AND AROUND

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