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.




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.


Pathway clearance work completed

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped clearing the block paving pathway and seating area. Disabled and buggy access is much improved and the area looks a whole lot better.



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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Bat Walk – fully booked

Sorry folks, Friday’s Bat Walk is now fully booked. Please keep checking for future events including a Fungi Walk and Charity Christmas Dog Walk. Next Bat Walk in 2016.



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

Friends of Rowley Fields off to a flying start

Well we did it, at a packed Welcombe Hills School Hall, we officially launched the Friends of Rowley Fields, thanks to everyone who turned up and showed their support. We have a committee elected and our first meeting planned for next week. We have been invited to speak at the Town Trust AGM. If you are keen to support our work on your behalf, please join our group – see the membership pages for more information.

Tim Bailey Takes Control of Website

Big news at FORF HQ, Tim Bailey has taken full control of the website. On the plus side the you can all expect impeccable grammar, on the minus side you’re going to get very congested navigation bars and random images will pop  up all over the place.  Please be patient whilst the new arrangements beds down.