This is the website of the civil parish of Keresley in north Coventry.

Last updated 19 September 2014

Latest

Fillongley Parish Council's letter of objection to Pegasus is here.

This is Shabbir Ahmed, Conservative candidate for Bablake ward in May 2015. He is signing our old 'Pledge Board' from 2009, pledging to save the Green Belt. We are inviting others to sign this.

We plan a presence at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, handing out leaflets. Sunday 28 September to Wednesday 1st October. Please let us know if you can help. Lifts to Birmingham available.

We have an email from Geoffrey Robinson, MP for Coventry North East. He says he supports the views of his Keresley residents, and has made his position clear. It's not clear to us. We suggest you contact him and ask him if he opposes building on the Green Belt in Keresley. Write to him at House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, phone 020 7219 4083, or email robinsong@parliament.uk

We plan a city centre march on Saturday October 11th. More details later.

Local Plan

This is now out for 'public engagement'. It threatens both the green spaces within Coventry and in surrounding Warwickshire. All the efforts of the Parish Council are now devoted to fighting it.

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.

Here are some links:

  • The plan , as presented to Cabinet
  • The Council's Local Plan home page, which links to many documents. Note that while it purports to simply present information, it actually promotes the Plan, and we will challenge much of what at presented here.
  • The plan for Bablake. For each area it shows how many houses will be built, on scenarios 1 2 and 3. Option 3 is whatthe planners are recommending, which will only use 10% of the Green Belt, but the effect in Bablake would be devastating. It also comes at the cost of dumping many houses over the border into Warwickshire.
  • The proposed link road
  • The Local Plan is founded on the number of houses required. If 36,220 houses really are needed, then they must be built. The statistics to 'prove' this are in the 'Independent Housing Number Study' which has just (18 September) been published. The key data is in the Annex - the fourth part, September 2014. Cabinet approved the Local Plan without seeing this. The implication is that planning officers thought Councillors too stupid to cope with numbers. We can cope, though.

Who to contact

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 ann.lucas@coventry.gov.uk

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 david.kershaw@coventry.gov.uk

Geoffrey Robinson, MP for this constituency. Write to him at House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, phone 020 7219 4083, or email robinsong@parliament.uk. 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 letters@coventrytelegraph.net. News to news@coventrytelegraph.net

BBC CWR - coventry.warwickshire@bbc.co.uk Midlands Today - midlandstoday@bbc.co.uk

We have a strong presence on the web. Here are a few links:
Twitter : @covgreenbelt
Blog: here
Facebook : here
Cov Telegraph article : here
and : here
and : here

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