The Parish Precept for 2015/16 (The funding from WDC provided each year to fund the expenditure of the Parish Council) was agreed at £20,012. This amounts to an increase of 2.5% over the previous year. Prior to the 2015/16 year the amount had remained unchanged for several years. The Parish Council has responded in recent years to successive requests from WDC/Government to hold down any increase in the Precept. However due to inflation and proposed future projects the Parish Council approved an increase of of 2.5%.
The Parish Council supported Warwick District Council in opposing the two Planning Appeals which were heard at Leamington Town Hall in January 2015. The Appeal for the Spring Lane site commenced on 7th January lasting for three days. The appeal for the Church Lane site commenced on 22nd January lasting for six days. A good number of residents attended these sessions giving valued support (and applause) to the speakers. Presentations on behalf of the village were made at both Appeals by the Chairman of the Parish Council, residents with local concerns and residents with professional contributions to make on drainage, landscape, history and traffic concerns. Feed back, expressed by residents attending, showed generous appreciation for the contributions made by speakers from the village.
The Planning Inspector is expected to announce his decision on the two appeals on Wednesday 11th March 2015.
Authority has been given to refurbish the skate board equipment in the playing field. this should be completed in time for spring/summer use.
The area adjacent to the skate boards formerly used for BMX bikes has been returned to a flat grassed area as it had ceased to used as originally planned.
Discussion on plans and funding are taking place on the future play equipment which might be installed in the children’s play area. As external funding is needed this will take months rather than weeks to implement.
A contact has been signed with a new company to cut the grass in the playing field twelve times each summer. It is hoped that this together bin emptying and refuse pick-up contracts will maintain the field in a good condition.
Wednesday 11th March 2015. The results of the two appeals have been received from the Planning Inspector and are as follows:- 1) The Appeal to build on the site accessed from Church Lane has been rejected. 2) The Appeal to build on the site accessed from School Lane/Spring Lane has been approved.
The skate board equipment in the playing field was refurbished in March 2015.
April 2015 was the final meeting of the present Parish Council. The group known as ‘Heart of Radford Semele’ previously presented their intentions for locating a defibrillator at the Village Stores in Radford Semele also the need for a second device within the village. The group were seeking financial support from the Parish Council. The Council supported the project and agreed to take the matter forward to the next elected Council.
The Council requested Warwick District Council to ensure that attractive ‘Estate fencing’ formed the boundary of the new A C Lloyd housing development continuing from Spring Lane to the The Lodge.
Council also agreed to carry forward the decisions for the new Council on major projects, eg introduction of new play equipment into the playing field.
Cllr Chater. having held the post of chairman for three years requested that a new Cllr. be elected for 2015/16.
May 2015 New Council.
The Council supported a local group identified as ‘Heart of Radford Semele’ in their aim to provide a defibrillator located outside of the Village Stores. The defibrillator is now installed.The provision of this unit, together with training in its use, was attributable to the good voluntary effort of this group. The Council has agreed to follow this initiative by providing further units in the village which will provide cover close to all parts of the village. Each unit costs well in excess of £1000 with its housing box and electrical connection therefore requiring funding from other sources, which is being sought.
A further salt bin has been requested in Chance Fields and will be installed ASAP.. (This bin was not installed as it proved impossible to agree an acceptable location as all kerbside locations are privately owned)
The installation of additional play equipment is being planned for the playing field. The erection of a swing adjacent to the children’s fenced area will go ahead soon. Two larger phases within the fenced area, each costing approximately £30,000, require lottery and other funding before they can be commissioned.
January 2016 Real improvements have taken place in the Playing Field. Two swings on a single pedestal were installed by Henry Marriott and Brian Follett. These are already proving popular. In April contractors installed a range of new equipment for the children costing just over £30,000. Funding was obtained in approximately three equal amounts from Parish Council, National Lottery and Sunny Dhillon Fund.
A new bus shelter is planned on Southam Road, at the bus stop in front of St. Nicholas Church, on the roadside leading to Southam. It will benefit particularly school children waiting for their morning transport. It is expected to be installed before the September 2016 term. ( There is likely to be a delay in implementation of one one or two months while planning approval is obtained)
The Parish Council has written to W.D.C. formally opposing the extension of the Village Envelope into the location extending from Spring Lane beyond the site already granted to A.C. Lloyd for the development of sixty five homes. The main concern is the further concentration in the use of School Lane as the access onto Southam Road. There is concern for both safety close to the school location and the general quality of life for several hundred residents who have to negotiate this congestion point daily..
Further play equipment will be introduced into the playing field, costing approximately £30.000, during November 2016. This is funded mainly by WREN but facilitated by voluntary effort and support from Warwick District Council. The equipment will benefit older children and includes outdoor table tennis.
In September the Parish Council wrote to Warwick District Council formally opposing the Planning Application for Taylor Wimpey to build 115 houses on the south side of Southam Road. (Opposite side from the current Bovis Development). An objection was similarly made against the recent Planning Application to build 40 houses leading from The Valley. Details of these objection can be read on this website.
In November the Playing Field was further updated with approximately £30,000 worth of additional play equipment. this included climbing structures and an outdoor table tennis table. The funding was sourced from WREN. (Redistribution of land fill tax). Cllr Brian Follett warrants special mention for his management or the total refurbishment project costing approximately £60,000 during 2016. The refurbishment is now considered complete. Some minor adjustment and replacement will be implemented on the popular overhead cable during the winter months.
In December a planning applicaton is being processed through Warwick District Council to introduce another defibrillator within the Village.
Our Council was advised that a formal planning application is needed before we can go ahead with a new bus shelter on Southam Road, benefiting mainly the morning school children attending Southam School.
In January 2017 confirmation was received that Warwick District Council had refused two major building applications. These included the 115 homes in the Taylor Wimpey application accessed from Southam Road and a further 40 homes intended on land accessed via The Valley. The Parish Council considers that it made a contribution to achieving this outcome on behalf of the village through its leaflet drop which helped with awareness and public response. The Parish Council also lodged its very comprehensive objection which picked up the concerns of local people who have to live with the consequences of these developments in their daily lives.
The Parish Council continues to have major concerns that Warwick District Council’s plans include extending the Village Envelope leading from School Lane/Spring Lane. This will allow building beyond that already approved for A.C. Lloyd to build sixty five houses on the green field adjacent to our playing field. The Parish Council has raised its objections on behalf of residents, which will affect all who use School Lane, We can now only await the result of the Planning Inspector’s report on the New Local Plan which will be made known in the Spring. Again the Parish Council made a strong representation to the Planning Inspector at the November 2016 inquiry at Leamington Town Hall. (Note WDC has subsequently confirmed that the Village Envelope has been reduced and is now positioned at the southern limit to the site already approved for the A.C. Lloyd development.)
In March 2017 the Parish Council was advised that the National Planning Inspector has rejected Warwick District Council’s plan to extend the Village Envelope extending from Spring Lane. This would have permitted a further, approximately 60 houses, to be built extending beyond the site already agreed for A C Lloyd to build 65 houses. This comes as a great relief to all who live in or use the School Lane as their access to the village.
A new defibrillator has now been installed in the White Lion car park. It is linked to the normal emergency services. Access to its use is obtained via the 999 service
April 2017. A further planning application W/17/0514 has has been received to build 20 houses leading from The Valley. The Parish Council submitted its objections to the development. This Application was subsequently refused by Warwick District Council’s Planning Committee in June 2017. The Parish Council considers that its objections helped in achieving this result which if disregarded would have further impacted on the already difficult access to this part of the Village.
May 2017 Naomi Northey was co-opted to the Parish Council.
Residents have expressed concern at the number of dogs which are allowed by their owners to run free in the Playing Field, stating concern for their children’s safety. Further notices will be obtained to reinforce the point that dogs are not allowed to run free. More frequent visits by the dog warden are intended.
In June 2017 a new seat was installed outside the Village Stores on the former Village Green. This is in response to a number of requests. Note the inscription and enjoy the moment.
The intended bus shelter on Southam Road, primarily for pupils going to Southam School, is taking a long time to implement. It is currently awaiting Planning permission. This will take several more weeks. Hopefully construction and installation can then proceed quite quickly.
The Rev. Martin Green has informed village residents via a circular that the Coventry Diocese has intentions to sell certain Glebe land in Radford Semele for development. The land is sited east of the School playing field extending approximately from the end of Hamilton Road to Kingshurst. The Parish Council has noted this intention. It will be on future Parish Council Meeting agendas. The Parish Council will consider, the impact and implications for the village including the level of housing already approved, the New Local Plan for Radford Semele, liaison with our District Councillor and respond as information becomes available.(The subsequent publication of the New Local Plan by WDC confirms the sites in Radford Semele which have previously been approved. Further development on this site is outside of the Village Envelope as defined in that Plan. The advice received is that development on this site would not be approved)
Planning permission has been granted (9th Aug 17) to allow the construction of a bus shelter on Southam Road. The oak structure is to be specifically constructed for the location, this is expected to take approximately three months.
Further enquiries via the dog warden have resulted in the placing of notices on the rails of the two enclosed areas, restricting dogs from those areas. Regarding the remainder of the Playing Field the Parish Council has been advised that dog owners have a duty to keep their dogs under control at all times but this does not mean that dogs must be kept on a lead. All users of the Playing Field should be aware of this.
At the October 2017 Council Meeting Councillor Sabin was elected the new Chairman of the Parish Council. He replaced Councillor David Chater who has been seeking a new Chairman after more than a total of six years in that office.
Orders have been placed to erect a new bus shelter on Southam Road.