Glebe Field Centre, Glebe Field Close, Crich, Derbyshire DE4 5EU
Tel: 01773 853928
Clerk: Clive Ludlam
Crich: Cllrs. Anstead, Bateman, Baugh, Broom, Collison, Smith and Yorke
Fritchley: Cllrs. Lane (Chair), Brown & Thorpe
Whatstandwell Ward: Cllrs. Clark (Vice-Chair) and Walsh
The planning application by Futures Homescape to build houses behind Coasthill, Crich was at last granted by Amber Valley Borough Council Planning Board on 17th October. Although Amber Valley said they could not impose the conditions we had been promised about affordability and priority for people with local connections, Futures Homescapes are prepared to observe such conditions.
You will see elsewhere in this magazine where we are up to with our Neighbourhood Plan. I hope that you will all get involved when we get to the consultation phase, which will be well publicised. This is the parish’s plan, and it is important that it reflects the wishes of the majority. Recently there have been moves in Parliament indicating that more weight is likely to be given to Neighbourhood Plans in the planning process, which means that the work we are doing is more important than ever.
We are still receiving complaints about the Harron Homes building site on Roes Lane. More recently these have been about the mud deposited by lorries visiting the site, on Roes Lane and down as far as the centre of Crich. The contractors have been advised that they must keep the roads clean and the Amber Valley Borough Council enforcement team has been asked to monitor the situation and ensure that the planning conditions are observed.
The recently-appointed Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner is making a point of visiting rural areas throughout the county. We have invited him to come to one of our Parish Council meetings and we are hoping this can be arranged for 8th May. I should like to remind everyone that these are public meetings, so, if you have concerns about rural policing, you may like to attend to hear what the Commissioner has to say. Ever since the Safer Neighbourhood Panels were abandoned by the Police, the Parish Council has felt that rural areas have not received sufficient attention and we therefore welcome this initiative.
As I write this in January, I believe that the new Ambergate Reservoir will have been fully commissioned. Demolition of the old reservoir is due to start at the end of January. The Phase 2 building works should commence in March this year and the project is still on target for completion in March 2018.
Fritchley has been chosen by Derbyshire County Council for a pilot project to trial a 20 miles per hour speed limit for the roads on and around The Green. Before the scheme is introduced, there will be extensive consultation with the community and other bodies. Crich Parish Council sees this as a very positive step towards curbing speeding through the village, something about which we receive regular complaints. We are grateful to Derbyshire County Cllr. David Williams for his efforts in getting Fritchley chosen for the pilot.
Finally, we have just been notified of an outline planning application to build 11 houses in a field on Bowmer Lane in Fritchley. We are expecting this to be controversial, given the number of planning applications for housing in the parish already given the go-ahead. If you wish to express your views, please go to the Amber Valley Borough Council website to view the application. The reference number is AVA/2017/0023.
Chair of Crich Parish Council