St. Leonards Neighbourhood Association

Exeter Devon England Registered Charity Number:- 283568

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MAGDALEN ROAD CHRISTMAS FAIR 2019

Saturday 7th December 2019

2pm to 6pm

I think that this is our 9th Christmas Fair, I've really lost count.

I am really grateful to all those who have made it such a success and an 'institution' over the years, the stallholders, the shops, our volunteer helpers and mainly the customers in their thousands, to them all I say a very big thank you. I must not forget to thank whoever it is that is in charge of the weather, we have never had to cancel or even put up an umbrella!

All the 50 stalls were booked up in June this year leaving about 150 people unable to have a stall. I try to ring the changes each year of both the stallholders and the entertainment and I try to keep a good mix of types of stalls. I could fill it with jewelers, street food and Gin bars!

We have booked the Devon & Somerset Fire Service band, La Vie En Rose Jazz band and Exeter School choir. There may be more.

Please come to the fair as a customer, it is really good fun.

Nigel FitzHugh

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MOUNT RADFORD LAWN

LATEST NEWS 29/10/19

Last night the Exeter City Council Planning committee met to decide, amongst other things, an application by the Exeter Deaf Academy (EDA) to build 7 'Executive Homes' on the Mount Radford Lawn site, also known as The Deaf School playing field.

The application was rejected unanimously by the Councillors on the Committee. The Planning Officer's report had recommended rejection. Some of the Councillors remarked that they had seldom had to deal with an application in which so many aspects of its application contradicted planning rules and best practice. A large part of their decision was formed by the almost unprecedented number of responses from the public against the application, thank you to all who responded. The fact that the SLNA had produced a Vision Document of what we would like was also influential.

We also have to thank our Councillors, Jemima Moore and Matthew Vizard who made empassioned speeches on our behalf. Matthew's speech can be read here, his reference to the fact that he played youth football on the playing field when he was a boy was particularly influential.

The Deaf Academy, although not present at the meeting, did make pleas to the residents for sympathy in that they needed the money to achieve their charitable aims of educating and helping deaf children. We agree, but this should not be at the expense of the community of St. Leonards and its access to facilities capable of enhancing health and wellbeing for years to come. We feel that a compromise can be achieved.

We are opening talks with the Trustees of EDA and will keep the community informed as events unfold. Thank you again for all your support.

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We can't complain about something unless we have a better idea.

The Neighbourhood Association would like to put forward another, more community friendly option for Mount Radford Lawn. Click below to see our vision.

The survey and petition links are below.

Things seem to be moving quite fast on this issue so keep an eye on this page to get the latest news.

OUR VISION FOR MOUNT RADFORD LAWN

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