Trees Felled in Chetwynd Park


A couple of weeks ago, the Forum Steering Group became aware that some mature trees within the Neighbourhood Area had been felled and caused some concern with residents. As trees should not be felled at this time of year to protect nesting birds and as young pigeons had been found at the site of the felling, the Environmental Sub-group looked into the issue to see what was going on. This is what we found:

Mr Wood (the Broxtowe Tree Man) initially examined the trees when a large branch fell into a neighbouring garden in December 2021. Upon examining the trees he found them to be diseased, unstable and potentially dangerous. The trees were due to be felled during March but bad weather intervened. As Ash do not come into leaf until later in the year and birds do not tend to nest in trees without foliage, it was considered timely to proceed with felling the trees. They were checked again before felling began. 

Upon inspection of adjacent conifers, two nests were found, one of which was empty. It would appear therefore that the chicks had fallen from this nest. The incident was regrettable but not quite as it had been broadcast to residents. The posters which had been displayed, anonymously, on the gate and posts appeared to incite readers to hold Chris Riley to blame. He had no part whatsoever in any decision to fell trees.

We thought you might also like to be aware of Broxtowe’s activities on tree planting

Since 2009, Broxtowe Borough Council has planted 112 000 trees!

In 2019 Broxtowe Council declared a Climate Emergency, and pledged to plant 2,000 trees a year but in actual fact planted 3,000 last year and the year before. Sites and types are thoughtfully chosen. Once planted they have to be managed. Mr Wood is Broxtowe’s tree man. He knows his job and knows his trees. Sometimes trees have to be felled. This is a costly job which the Council can only afford to do if absolutely necessary. Pruning or raising the canopy will be attempted first, if appropriate. When a tree is diseased, its wood loses vigour and its roots become weak and it may pose a danger to people or buildings. The Council does not have money to waste so, the rule of thumb is only chop it down if it’s dead, dying or dangerous

As part of the rewilding programme, wood is often allowed to decay in situ or elsewhere. This affords habitat to wildlife and is a natural process which cannot take place if the tree is all cleared away. 

Broxtowe have also planted thousands of native bulbs and flowers to further enrich our parks and green spaces. Many of these have been planted with the involvement of schoolchildren and community groups. Again, they are carefully chosen and appropriately sited.

Although we don’t always see eye to eye with the Council, Broxtowe Council is doing its best to enhance the local environment within its limited budget. In this case all proper procedures seem to have been followed and the disturbance of the pigeons was unfortunate but certainly not deliberate.

Finally a Community Group (Canopy 2050 – look on Facebook) are working to increase the number of trees available for Broxtowe plant.

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Neighbourhood Plan 23rd April 2022

This is a follow-up to last week’s Digest about the lack of progress with the Neighbourhood Plan.

We have this week written a formal letter of complaint to Broxtowe’s Chief Executive & Head of Planning. It can also be accessed via the Plan page of the website.

The letter was also forwarded to all our elected representatives covering the Forum Area to ask them to intervene and support the Forum by ensuring that Broxtowe commence the statutory Regulation 16 consultation before the end of May.

Now we are asking all of you, our members and friends, to write similarly to those same councillors and MP to increase the pressure from their constituents about the unacceptable delays in Broxtowe progressing the Neighbourhood Plan. An expression of the strength of feeling and frustration felt by the community about this should help all of us move forward. The necessary contact details are:

Chilwell West – eileen.atherton@broxtowe.gov.uk ; helen.skinner@broxtowe.gov.uk ; colin.tideswell@broxtowe.gov.uk

Toton & Chilwell Meadows – lee.fletcher@broxtowe.gov.uk ; stephanie.kerry@broxtowe.gov.uk ; halimah.khaled@broxtowe.gov.uk  

Nottinghamshire County Councillors representing the Forum Area – richard.jackson@broxtowe.gov.uk ; eric.kerry@broxtowe.gov.uk

Leader of Broxtowe Council – milan.radulovic@broxtowe.gov.uk

Chair of the Jobs & Economy Committee (Broxtowe) – Tim.Hallam@broxtowe.gov.uk

Chair of the Planning Committee (Broxtowe) – david.watts@broxtowe.gov.uk

Darren Henry MP – Darren.henry.mp@parliament.uk  

Thank you in anticipation of a deluge of emails & letters to hit their inboxes next week!

Once we have received a formal response to our complaint, we will publish it in the Digest newsletter, and it will be interesting to hear what responses you also receive.

As always please do feel free to ask any questions you may have on this or anything else via the Contact Us page, and we’ll do our best to answer them via the Questions and Answers page.

David, Vice Chair

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Forum Digest 16th April 2022

We would like to wish all our members and friends a very happy Easter break. We hope you enjoy the long-awaited sunshine and are able to make the most of it, whatever you are doing this long bank holiday weekend.

Neighbourhood Plan Progress

Or rather lack of progress!! As you know we had hoped that Broxtowe would have commenced the statutory Regulation 16 consultation for our revised Neighbourhood Plan (see the Plan page on our website) by the end of March. The Steering Group (and we are sure all of you are too) extremely frustrated and angry that the Council is holding our Plan up due to “other priorities”!! It is now almost two years since we submitted our original Plan for consultation, and six months since we were required to do likewise with the revised version. Councils have a statutory obligation to support Neighbourhood Forums, but Broxtowe have thrown obstacles in our way at every turn, and we appear to be low on their priority list. It seems we will be lucky to have the consultation out by the end of May or even June!

Enough is enough, and we will this coming week, write formally to the Chief Executive & Head of Planning to complain (yet again!). We will also contact all our elected representatives covering our Area to ask them to intervene, plus the leader of the Council and Locality. We will provide an update in next week’s Digest, and if there is no movement, we will ask you to do likewise to increase the pressure. We will provide all their contact details at that time.

Houses in Multiple Occupation

Broxtowe have opened a consultation on Houses in Multiple Occupation SPD with a closing date of 14th May to respond. The Steering Group generally supports the document, but there are potentially some unintended consequences. The Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) in relation to small HMOs only requires planning permission in parts of Beeston and Beeston Rylands. We believe this should apply to the whole of the Borough to future proof it against the over provision of HMOs elsewhere (including our Area).  

We have drafted a response that we will submit soon once finalised, but if you wish to respond you are more than welcome to use this wording as the basis for your own response. Details for how to respond are via the link at the top of this section.

Oban House

The Beeston and District Civic Society have an active petition against the demolition of Oban House in Beeston. Whilst this is outside our Area, it was the location of the Forum office for several years whilst we were working on the development of the Neighbourhood Plan, so it is of more than just passing interest. Whilst it is too late to respond formally to the Council, you may wish to add your name to the petition if you feel strongly about it. Further detail and the Civic Society response to Broxtowe can be found here.

As always please do feel free to ask any questions you may have on this or anything else via the Contact Us page, and we’ll do our best to answer them via the Questions and Answers page.

David, Vice Chair

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Inham Nook Pub Demolition

Watching the Broxtowe Weekly Planning reports, we saw that permission has been granted for the demolition of the Inham Nook Hotel. Whilst no indication is given in the application as to what will be done with the site, we are led to believe that it will be used to build Council Houses (just under 20 we think).

Despite the prolonged delay in Broxtowe Borough Council submitting the Neighbourhood Plan for Regulation 16 we hope that they continue to recognise it (as they have promised in the past), and use its principles and policies to deliver high quality, affordable, energy efficient homes using modern methods of construction to speed up delivery of these much needed homes.

Forum Re-Designation

Following Broxtowe Borough Council’s decision to approve the re-designation of the Forum, the formal decision notice is now here on the Broxtowe website and also here on ours.

As always please do feel free to ask any questions you may have on this or anything else via the Contact Us page, and we’ll do our best to answer them via the Questions and Answers page.

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Forum Digest 5th March 2022

Here are some brief updates in this week’s newsletter:-

Forum Re-Designation

We can confirm that Broxtowe Borough Council approved the re-designation of the Forum at last Wednesday’s council meeting. The formal re-designation notice should appear here when published, and the consultation responses can also be accessed from the same page. In summary there were eight representations from members of the public, seven supportive or very supportive and one opposed, and in addition, responses were received from Erewash Borough Council, the Coal Authority and Natural England, confirming that they had no comments on the application, and from the Beeston and District Civic Society supporting the re-designation of the Neighbourhood Forum. Thank you to all who responded.

Neighbourhood Plan Progress

Following on from the last digest post, we are hopeful that Broxtowe will be able to commence the statutory Regulation 16 consultation for our revised Neighbourhood Plan (see the Plan page on our website) before the end of March. We will of course keep you posted as soon as the consultation has started.

and Finally ……..

We have revised and updated our Privacy Policy, which can be viewed on the website here

As always please do feel free to ask any questions you may have on this or anything else via the Contact Us page, and we’ll do our best to answer them via the Questions and Answers page.

David, Vice Chair

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Forum Digest 12th February 2022

A number of updates and items of interest in this week’s newsletter:-

Forum Re-Designation Consultation

The consultation to re-designate the Forum closed on 28th January. We understand that Broxtowe received a number of responses from individuals and organisations, the vast majority raising no objection to the Forum continuing for another five years. Once anonymised, the responses will be made available on Broxtowe’s website, and we will share the link with you when we have it.

Stakeholder meetings

Following the HS2/Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) announcement and the separate decision to delay the vacation of Chetwynd Barracks, we have been seeking to hold meetings with the key stakeholders – Broxtowe, Notts CC, EMDevCo and Midlands Connect, to understand their thinking as to how the Forum’s aspirations for the developments, infrastructure, housing, community facilities, local jobs, and especially environmental aspects for our Area can still be taken forward, and where/how the previously promised level of investment will come from/be raised!

To this end (and in relation to our Regulation 16 consultation see ‘and Finally’ below) we had a quick catch-up meeting this week with Ruth Hyde, Chief Executive at Broxtowe. Next week we are meeting with Homes England and the DIO re the barracks, and also with EMDevCo to discuss the whole Toton & Chetwynd site.

When we have held discussions and talks with all the key players and have a better understanding of what is now possible, we will let you know. Rest assured the Forum will be pressing for all our aspirations and Plan policies to be implemented to make our Area an even better place to live than it is already. That has been our aim and vision from the outset, and you, our members, have contributed enormously to that objective. There must be no let down for the community now!

Beeston and District Civic Society

Richard (our Chair) and I were very pleased to accept an invitation to speak on Friday night at the Beeston and District Civic Society meeting, held at the Pearson Centre, Beeston. A copy of the presentation can be viewed/downloaded here or from this page on our website.

It seemed to be well received, and if you are interested in the work of the Society, then more information can be found on their website www.beestoncivicsociety.org.uk  

and Finally ……..

As per the last digest post, we have continued to press Broxtowe to initiate the statutory Regulation 16 consultation on our revised Neighbourhood Plan submitted back in November, see the Plan page on our website. Unfortunately, we have hit a couple of snags in the requirement to make our documents accessible, and also to have the correct file types for the overall policies map. We are nearly there with both of these issues, so hopefully there will be better news next time!

As always please do feel free to ask any questions you may have on this or anything else via the Contact Us page, and we’ll do our best to answer them via the Questions and Answers page.

David, Vice Chair

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Forum Digest 15th January 2022

Happy (belated) New Year to you all and welcome to the first Forum newsletter of 2022! Following the Christmas break, the Steering Group have now started to wind ourselves back up for the challenges this new year may bring. Our first SG meeting of 2022 is this coming week.

So just a couple of updates for now:-

Toton & Chetwynd Strategic Masterplan Consultation Closed

This consultation run by Broxtowe Borough Council has now closed. The Steering Group on behalf of the Forum made a submission which can be viewed/downloaded via our website Consultations page. We would also like to thank all of you who submitted responses too.

We commissioned our consultants Kefa Design to provide a professional response of our views on the SM-SPD, and to critique it on our behalf. They have done a fantastic job as you will see, and the forty page document is very comprehensive. We trust the views expressed will be taken forward by Broxtowe in the next iteration of the SM-SPD. Not least because the publication of the Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands & North, published in November, has a significant impact on, and implications for, the existing plans for Toton sidings and the immediate vicinity.

Also, it came to our attention over the Christmas period that the MOD announced (also in November) that the vacation date for the Chetwynd Barracks site has been put back again, this time to 2026! See here. In separate discussion with the DIO, we understand that the actual disposal date is likely to be the following year. This also puts into question the housing allocation for our Area within the Broxtowe Part 2 Local Plan which ends in 2028, and the dates expressed in the SM-SPD for development of the site cannot be met.

Therefore, we think it likely that the SM-SPD will have to be revised and consulted on again in the near future, as it is already out of date!

Forum Re-Designation Consultation

Just a reminder that this consultation is still open until 28th January. Details and how to respond are on the council’s website here and also our Consultations page as above.

We ask for as many of you, our members and friends, as possible to respond. It really is a very simple & short response form. A Word version of which is now available to download from the council website and can be emailed back to policy@broxtowe.gov.uk Thank you.

and Finally ……..

We continue to press Broxtowe to initiate the statutory Regulation 16 consultation on our revised Neighbourhood Plan submitted back in November, see the Plan page on our website. More on this in the coming weeks as further discussions are held.

As always please do feel free to ask any questions you may have on this or anything else via the Contact Us page, and we’ll do our best to answer them via the Questions and Answers page.

David, Vice Chair

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Toton & Chetwynd Barracks Masterplan – Final Call

The 14th January 2022 is the last opportunity for you to make your comments on Broxtowe Borough Council’s Strategic Masterplan for our Area.

Click on the image below to go to the display and make your comments

Comments can also be submitted by email to policy@broxtowe.gov.uk

Although the Integrated Rail Plan has stopped the building of the HS2 Hub at Toton and the latest announcements by the MOD seem to delay vacation of Chetwynd Barracks until 2026, we still think it is important that Broxtowe receives comments from as many people as possible.

Make your views count.

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Forum Digest 18th December 2021

As this is the last newsletter until the New Year, on behalf of the entire Steering Group I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable Christmas in whatever way you plan to celebrate it safely in the current climate of rising Covid cases! Plus of course our best wishes to you all for a better 2022.

Forum Re-Designation Consultation

Broxtowe Borough Council announced on Monday this week the start of the consultation to re-designate the Forum for a further five years. The consultation will run until 28th January 2022. Details and how to respond are on the council’s website here and also linked via this page and the Consultations page on our website.

We have noted that the response form provided can’t be completed online, and when downloaded it is a non-editable PDF document! Whilst we have reported this to the council, we thought it would be helpful to provide you with a form you can actually fill-in electronically, so we have converted it to Word and it can be downloaded in your preferred format here

Obviously it is not appropriate for the Steering Group to respond to what is effectively our own consultation, so please can we ask as many of you, our members and friends, as possible to respond. It really is a very simple & short response form. Thank you.

Toton & Chetwynd Strategic Masterplan Consultation Update

As you may have seen, Broxtowe Borough Council announced on 10th December an extension to the Strategic Masterplan consultation following the Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) publication. It will now run for a further month until 14th January 2022.

See here for information re the consultation and extension, and there is some more info via this link. We have also updated our Consultations page accordingly.

If you haven’t already responded, you now have more time to do so! It is important that everyone has their say so we will continue to encourage you to respond.

As always please do feel free to ask any questions you may have on this or anything else via the Contact Us page, and we’ll do our best to answer them via the Questions and Answers page.

Once again Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We will see you all again on the other side in 2022.

David, Vice Chair

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IWM Director General Meets the Forum Team

After much planning and a few false starts, the Director General of the Imperial War Museum Diane Lees visited the Chetwynd Station site recently. This was the first time Diane has visited the site and she was most impressed and excited to be shown around. Her obvious focus was the heritage assets that lay within the grounds. So, the ww1 infirmary, ww1 shell store, ww1 office block, the officers mess, that actually predates the shell filling factory and finally Williams barracks, that sits upon the site of the former ww1 press house.

She was escorted by the OC and members of the DIO. She thoroughly enjoyed her visit. We were fortunate to have a personal audience with Diane after the visit where she shared her views and thoughts and discussed our ambitions for the site. She gave us some really good pointers and ideas to move forward with and the promise of further support from the IWM once we are in the position of being able realise some of our plans regarding some sort of museum. She really liked our idea of a new community building that could include heritage spaces that would relate to the site’s impressive history.

One of her ideas that we’d like to share, is the possibility of recording peoples experiences of working at, or around the ww1 shell filling factory no6 and beyond through ww2 where it was reincarnated as the central stores depot that supplied the country in the second global conflict. This of course could include post war as well. If we can then save the experiences for future generations to read or listen to it would be a great source of local history relating to the “Chilwell Depot” story.

We have already received a really interesting story about the 1918 explosion, so if you would like to contribute please contact us via the Contact Us page.

Best Regards, Steve Brown the Community Development Team

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