This is the website of the civil parish of Keresley in north Coventry.
Last updated 31 August 2014
Three dates for your diary
- September 2nd Tuesday 2pm Council House Cabinet Local Plan presented
- September 9th Tuesday 2pm Full Council meeting where the Local Plan will be discussed. Please be on the Council steps 1pm to 2pm to set out our views to Councillors as they go in
- September 10th Wednesday 7pm Bablake Ward Forum Keresley Grange School. Councillor Kershaw will be there, and we can ask him to explain his Council's plans to destroy Keresley, and how we are opposing them.
Minutes of the last meeting (August 5) are here. These include the new media policy, the cash book and bank reconciliation statements.Pegasus deadline
Planning now say site notices went up on 14th August so the deadline is 21 days from then, which is 4 September - so we have another week for objections. I've asked them to correct the misleading information on their website.
New Coventry Local Plan
You will probably have seen in the Telegraph the latest version of the Local Plan. It means the greatest change in Keresley since the 1930s. This will become a large housing estate with all fields built on.
You can read the plan here (7M pdf). This will be presented to Cabinet on September 2nd, at 2pm - this is a public meeting, so please attend. If approved - and there seems no reason why it will not - it will go for debate in a full Council meeting on September 9th. We plan to be on the Council House steps between 1pm and 2pm to let Councillors know our opinions.
The Plan is based on a housing need of 36,220 up to 2032 - following revised ONS population forecasts. That compares with 33,500 in the plan withdrawn in May 2010. Around 15,000 can be placed on brown field sites.
The Plan sets out 3 options. The first protects the Green Belt, and builds on the surrounding Warwickshire countryside outside the city boundary. This will greatly alarm our friends in Corley and Fillongley. The second option builds everything within the city boundary - and therefore all over the Green Belt. The planners are recommending the third option, which is a mix - so building both on the Green Belt and on the surrounding countryside. Clearly all 3 options are unacceptable.
Additionally there is a proposal to build a link road, from the junction of Long Lane and the Tamworth Road, to Prologis. That goes through the Pegasus estate - so that application will be rejected. However the roundabouts on the link road will clearly go to housing on the fields it goes through. We can therefore expect to see housing from Keresley roundabout out to Thompson's Road.
Please could people:
- Attend the September 9th Council House session
- Read the proposed plan carefully
- Contact Councillor Kershaw (firstname.lastname@example.org) and explain why you will not vote for him in May
- Use our contact form for ideas as to how we can fight this.
The application to build 800 houses between Bennetts and Tamworth Road by Sandpits has gone in. The reference number is OUT/2014/2282 and the direct link is here
The public consultation period ends 4th.September, so please send in your views now.
Here is Corley Parish Council's comment
There is some guidance on how to comment here.
Dan Byles, MP for North Warwickshire and Bedworth, has written to 3,500 people in Keresley Village and Ash Green. You can read the letter here
Who to contact
The most important thing is to comment on the application to the Planning Committe, using the above link. But it will be politically useful if you also make your views known to the following:
Ann Lucas, leader of Coventry City Council. Her address is Council House, Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RR, or by email to email@example.com
David Kershaw - Labour councillor for this ward, up for re-election in May 2015 (for what the Labour group regard as a key seat). Write to him at the Council House, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Geoffrey Robinson, MP for this constituency. Write to him at House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, phone 020 7219 4083, or email email@example.com. Tell him how you will be voting in May. You can see Geoffrey in the photo below, carrying the banner on the right in 2010. Does he still support us?
Coventry Telegraph. Coventry news desk on 024 76 500457 or 024 76 500316. Email letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. News to email@example.com
BBC CWR - firstname.lastname@example.org Midlands Today - email@example.com
Green Belt Fight
We continue to fight this. The latest action was a stall at the Godiva Festival (thanks to Friends of the Earth) where we got 255 signatures on our petition.
We have a strong presence on the web. Here are a few links:
Twitter : @covgreenbelt
Facebook : here
Cov Telegraph article : here
and : here
and : here
Please download, print, display and distribute this A4 poster
Bennetts Road repair
People have complained about the state of Bennetts Road South, in particular between Watery Lane and Penny Park Lane. The uneven road surface means hazards for cyclists, and if they swerve to avoid them, they are in danger from vehicles speeding past.
We have contacted Colin Knight about this. By phone they have said that there is no money left for this year, but that they will make a temporary repair and fix it properly next year. Your comments are welcome.
AGM and Finance
The AGM was held on 17 June 2014. The Minutes are here (pdf). Note the next Parish Council meeting will be July 22, and then September 9.
At AGM our accounts were presented, examined and approved. As part of this, we need to display the 'Notice of Appointment of Date for the exercise of Elector's Rights' -in other words, how you can see the accounts. This is displayed on the Notice Board, and also here . However, you can more conveniently see the accounts here . Contact us if you have any questions.