Rowley Fields Planning Application

Sadly the Town Trust has submitted a Planning Application to Stratford District Council to demolish 7 Benson Road and build five new houses on the area of Rowley Fields to the rear. Whilst the Trust has been clear of its intention to pursue this application it is sad news for residents of Benson Road and Avenue Road and a worrying development. All the green field land has been identified as Local Green Space in the draft Neighbourhood Plan and many people hoped that the building plans would not proceed. We await the outcome of the planning process.

 

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Local Green Space Designation

As part of our continued efforts to push for Local Green Space designation for Rowley Fields Committee members having been meeting political representatives during 2016. We have lobbied Tony Jefferson, Town Councillor for the Welcombe Ward and District Councillor, Keith Lloyd also Town Councillor for the Welcombe Ward and County Councillor and Nadhim Zahawi our Member of Parliament.

All three meetings were positive and we now await the adoption of the District Core Strategy and then the Neighbourhood Plan which will hopefully recommend Rowley Fields as LGS.

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Website back in operation

With huge thanks to Gavin and his team our website in now back up and running – there’s some catching up to do so please check back  soon.

Volunteer work – Maidenhead Road Gate

Volunteers set to work on tidying up the block paving and pathway at the entrance to the fields from Maidenhead Road. With spades and brooms quick work was made of the job, all the weeds and soil have been removed – a great improvement. If you have suggestions for improvements and/or would like to volunteer please contact the Committee.

Here’s some before and after photos:

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Rowley Fields Grass

I’m pleased to report that the grass in Rowley Fields has been cut today (26/06/2015)IMG_1354

This comes in time for the long summer months.

-Tom Bailey

Rowley the Barn Owl

Thanks to a generous donor we have a lovely cuddly toy Barn Owl to raffle at our inaugural meeting. Please buy a ticket – all proceeds will go to the Friends of Rowley Fields – to the benefit of everyone who uses the land.

See the real thing in action in Rowley Fields thanks to Mike Anderson:

 

Stratford Neighbourhood Plan

The draft Stratford Neighbourhood Plan has been published for consultation which closes on 3rd July. Take a look and have your say it’s a very important document and will influencing planning until 2031. Page 102 identifies Rowley Fields as satisfying the criteria for designation as local Green Space.
http://www.ourstratford.org.uk/the-neighbourhood-plan

Some lovely pics

Here is a picture of a tree on Rowley Fields I took today.  If you’ve taken any pictures then please send them into friendsofrowleyfields@gmail.com – we will be happy to publish them with your name and any info you want to share.

 

 

Inaugural Meeting of FoRF 11th June

A small group of ‘Friends’ are working hard behind the scenes preparing for our inaugural meeting to officially launch the Friends of Rowley Fields. Our aim is to Protect Rowley Fields for generations to come. We want to work with the Town Trust and preserve the space forever. Anyone interested in joining please fill out the questionnaire on the membership page – or please come to our launch event at the Welcombe Hills School on Thursday June the 11th at 7.30pm.

The Spring Picnic

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The new Friends of Rowley Fields group’s spring picnic saw over 60 members join, all of whom were unanimous in their determination to enhance the field’s recreational facilities and protect the land for the future. Although only the large parcel of land has now had development plans withdrawn (the smaller area is still slated for planning) everybody agreed that the Town Trust has done the right thing to abandon plans to build 85 houses on the main field.

Local resident, Tim Bailey, said ‘We were all horrified that this unique piece of green space, used by hundreds of Stratford people every day, might disappear forever. But all that local outrage has had the unintended consequence of galvanising the local community. We’ve had lots of suggestions for things we can do together from school nature trails and treasure hunts and building exercise stations to more ambitious ideas like an annual games event, regular cross country races and sponsorship by local businesses.’

Quentin Willson, who has lived opposite the fields for 17 years added ‘The Town Trust listened to the objections of the local community and now really understands just how important this land is to so many people in Stratford. Hardly an hour passes without me seeing someone running, walking, exercising dogs or even flying kites and model planes on this special parcel of land. The rest of the UK should take note that developers don’t always get their own way. The town should be proud that we’ve saved Rowley Fields from tarmac.‘

Fundraising plans are in hand to help support the Town Trust and preserve the space forever. Anyone interested in joining should go to our new website www.FriendsOfRowleyFields.co.uk or by coming to our launch event at the Welcombe Hills School on Thursday June the 11th at 7.30pm.