REALLY GOOD NEWS - EXETER DEAF ACADEMY PLAYING FIELD. (Mount Radford Lawn.)
We recently heard some very good news that Mount Radford Lawn has been listed by Exeter City Council as an "Asset Of Community Value".
This does not come with any guarantees of its future, but it is an important step along the way to keeping the playing field as a playing field.
The the owner asked for a review of the decision to list, the review took place and ECC did not change their mind. Here's what they said:-
" Justification for listing Mount Radford Lawn as an Asset of Community Value:
The playing field has been used for as a playing field by pupils from a variety of local schools (e.g. ISCA Academy, and the Maynard School, in addition to Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education), and for other recreational purposes (e.g. pre-school play) for decades, with use ceasing in 2019, (i.e. the very recent past) only when access to the field was restricted by the owners, Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education. There is every reason to think that, if listed, use will continue to be made of the asset for organised sports and other recreational purposes by local schools and the local community, which will further both the social wellbeing and social interests of that community, both in the same way as before and in new ways. For example, the playing field has unquestionable capacity to function as a more general greenspace, as a venue for community and social events (such as fetes and fairs / markets), and as a venue for more ad hoc physical activities, such as Frisbee, outdoor aerobics or other forms of ’keep fit’, etc, as distinct from organised sports.
Listing the playing field would be entirely consistent with the need to protect playing pitches in Exeter at a time of rapid population growth leading to growing organised sports team formation, and with the strategic aims (e.g. promote community resourcefulness) and ’Whole System Approach’ to increasing physical activity advocated in Exeter’s July 2019 Physical Activity Strategy - ’Exeter Live Better & Move More’ - see: http://committees.exeter.gov.uk/documents/s70034/PAS%20Updated%20June%202019%20with%20Foreword%20Final.pdf
To find out how the listing helps us and more, go to the ECC website here.
To see our vision for how this playing field could be used for the community - click here.
Following the Government’s announcement of a £250 million emergency active travel fund, a series of temporary measures to support public safety are being explored by Devon County Council. These outline the County’s immediate priorities for supporting social distancing on key travel to work routes, city and neighbourhood shopping centres.
The traders have been consulted, Exeter C.C. is involved as well as Devon C.C. See the four links below.
It seems that changes will be made for a 6 month experimental period.
DCC wouold like your feedback on all the changes, both postive and negative. To do so email Carol Whitton our local DCC Councillor.
The first reactions to the changes in Magdalen Road have not been well received by the traders and shppers, but DCC says it is listening to reactions, let's hope that they are also prepared to act.
An email from Cllr Carol Whitton of the 27th July 2020 states:-
"Formal consultation with residents will take place if and when any proposals are brought forward to make permanent changes in Magdalen Road or the surrounding areas. The arrangements for advertising and the consultation process for Traffic Regulation Orders as required by statute would be followed in these circumstances. These arrangements do not apply to Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders.
No decision has currently been made to put forward proposals for permanent changes, nor has a decision been reached on the duration of the temporary arrangements currently in place. These are however due to be reviewed at HATOC on 13th October. This is a public meeting which members of the public may attend and can request to speak at."
Put the date in your diary if you feel strongly about the future of Magdalen Road, its shops and our village.
THE FULL LETTER
THE PROPOSED MAGDALEN ROAD LAYOUT
D.C.C. General Info about road changes in and around the City.
DCC CHANGES AFFECTING ST LEONARDS
Every month Jayne Leavers, our Community Builder, publishes a newsletter of activities, events, photographs and other community goings-on in our area.
To see her latest June Newsletter click here.
A group of friends of the very popular and iconic Hour Glass pub in Melbourne Street have got together and applied to Exeter City Council to have the pub listed as an Asset of Community Value. The Localism Act of 2012 had community-loved pubs specifically in mind when it was passed.
The pub freehold is owned by a larger pub group and leased to the present landlords. In these commercailly difficult times a lot of pubs are closing and it is specifically for this reason that the 'locals' are trying to get it listed. An ACV listing would give the locals a chance to buy it if it came up for sale.