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Proposed closure of Finham Library Print E-mail

Under the proposal put forward by Coventry City Council,  Finham Library will be closed next year unless an organisation or community group wish to deliver a library provision.

The consultation period begins on 12 September and closes on 5pm on 12 December 2016, with cuts taking place at the beginning of 2017.

You can have your say by completing the Council's online survey, calling on 024 7683 4022 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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Coventry Tree Wardens Print E-mail

Statement

The proposal to plant a Community Orchard in a small area of the field off Howes Lane was intended to enhance the area.  The consultation letter was given maximum circulation in the FRA area.  We expected some residents to have objections and concerns which we felt would be addressed when we explained the limited extent of the orchard.

However, we did not expect our volunteers to be met with such hostility, lack of respect and animosity from some residents when they made themselves available for consultation and discussion.

It has therefore been decided to abandon this project as we do not wish to expose our volunteer members to such situations.

Our apologies to those residents who welcomed, and could see the benefits of, this project.

K Boulton
Secretary
Coventry Tree Warden Network

July 2016

 
Kings Hill 2/Gibbet Hill/Finham Print E-mail

You need to be aware that the land marked for development by Warwick District Council no longer centres just on Kings Hill.  It now extends from Green Lane in the north to Stoneleigh Road in the South and from the railway line in the west to the A46 in the east.

The proposal appears to include Wainbody Wood but this does not necessarily mean that they will be able to remove the woodland, it is just showing the parcel of land under consideration.

The full details of the New Local Plan can be found on http://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/info/20410/new_local_plan




 
New threat to Kings Hill 2 Print E-mail

On Friday the 30th October 2015 an article appeared in the Leamington Courier about plans to build possibly as many as 7000 homes in a new village on Kings Hill next to Finham. The following is a summary of the article.

It is reported that Warick District Council (WDC) has recently agreed to take Coventry's "shortfall" of 7008 homes into their original local plan for 12800 homes by 2029. The Government's planning inspector agreed in the last week of October to suspend the local plan while the Coventry surplus is added to WDC's total. This inspite of it being Green Belt land and strong opposition to the loss of open countryside within Warwickshire.

WDC's Andrew Mobbs said "I am delighted that the inspector has agreed to our timescales and suspended the Local Plan. This means that we can now move forward positively and fend off unwanted development. It is quite correct that a site bordering Coventry will be considered fully."

The full text of the article can be seen on http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/7-000-houses-from-coventry-set-to-be-built-outside-kenilworth-1-7039556#axzz3qoF8pQAv

The article goes on to erroneously state Coventry Coucil owns the land. In fact it only owns 27% of Kings Hill. Lynette Kelly had unsuccessfully campaigned during the General Election offering to make Kings Hill available for development with the aid of the Coventry Council leader Ann Lucas. Previously under Councillor Mutton, Coventry had refused to sell Coventry's holding. If such a development takes place council tax goes only to WDC

There is land between the Ansty Science Park and Coombe Abbey which is just as suitable being adjacent to Coventry and has better infrastructure for communications: motorways M6 and M69 and the eastern bypass. Furthermore the Eastern bypass isolates it from existing housing.

We need to start now campaigning to stop this development. In 2009 the plans for Kings Hill were for half this number of houses and included two primary schools. It was assumed at that time that Finham Park School (now Academy) would take the extra children from Kings Hill. Now we have Finham Park2 being developed to take more Coventry children without any intake from Kings Hill. Look out for Finham Residents Association organising an opposition group to lobby WDC and Coventry Council.

 

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