GOOD NEWS (then bad 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’
Then some bad news 13/8/2020..... ERADE have taken this decision to a First Tier Tribunal, that means the decision gets reviewed again by a Judge away from Exeter. We have responded to this appeal. A projected date for a decision on the ACV listing is January 2021!
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 changes have just been reviewed after a 6 month period and the result of a DCC meeting on the 13th October was that the blocking of traffic on Wonford Rd would go forward to be made permanent, but that the Magdalen Road changes would be 'urgently' reviewed and greater consultation with the traders and the community would take place. The SLNA issued an Opinion Poll which was responded to by just over 1000 people, the results are here.
Having read the large number of comments which submitted with the poll the consensus of the majority seems to be:-
* To reverse the One-way system
* To deviate the west-bound traffic round Spicer Road
* To deviate the east-bound cycle route via Spicer Road
* To remove the cycle lane in Magdalen Road and incorporate it into the pavement area.
That will certainly not please everyone, but it may please the majority.
Watch this space for more news of the consultation process.
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 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.
Last month the owners, who bought it at auction, submitted a planning application to develop it into three, 2+ bedroom houses.
The reference is:- 20/1139/FUL.
I must say that if the community can’t own or use it as a community hall then this is the next best solution for it. I think that the architects have done a good job in preserving the appeal of the building. There is no chance that the residents will be dirty, bathrooms abound!.
We had feared that it would be allowed to fall into such a state of disrepair that demolishing it would be the only practical solution, thankfully we have been spared that.
We wish the hall and its future inhabitants well.
You must have been on another planet if you have not noticed the fenced-off area in Bull Meadow Park which has been there for some years now. In Spring time it gets sewn with a wonderfully colourful mix of wild flowers which is the only good thing about it.
There is a “public service water sewer” underneath it which is collapsing and it is owned by South West Water who are challenging their responsibility to repair it and 69 other such sewers throughout Devon. They claim that it is the responsibility of the landowners to repair these sewers, that would mean, in a lot of cases, private residence’s owners would be responsible for the upkeep of the drains beneath them. After much discussion with Water UK who represent sewer companies, a protocol for such occurrences came into force in February this year and Exeter City Council (ECC) is trying to get SWW to follow this protocol.
ECC believe that “it’s fundamentally wrong for private homeowners and the tax payer to take on the responsibility for the failings of a private company who have had the ownership of these sewers for over 40 years and have invested little in their maintenance and upkeep.”
So let’s hope that something gets done about it soon and that the wild flowers can be sewn somewhere else nearby.
At 10/3/2020 a letter was written from Ben Bradshaw, Matthew Vizard, Richard Branston and Carol Whitton (our MP and Labour Councillors) to South West Water on the issue. READ IT.
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