Forum Digest 9th October 2021

A short Digest this week!

Thank You

A big thank you to everyone who attended our AGM on Thursday evening – it is very much appreciated that you took the time to do so, and to support the work of the Forum.

Once reviewed by the Steering Group, the draft minutes will be made available on the AGM Page of the website ahead of formal approval at the next AGM.

As this was the first time we have held an AGM (or any public meeting) online, we will be contacting all of you who Registered and indicated you would attend to ask for your feedback. This will be in the form of a short questionnaire issued in the coming week to your email inbox. We will use your comments to improve where we can the organisation, process and running of any future online meetings. It is important to us to receive your feedback, so thank you in advance for providing it, and please check your spam/junk folders just in case it lands there!

We were very pleased to hear from Richard Carr as our guest speaker during the meeting. His presentation is now available on the website AGM page, but can be viewed here. We look forward to continued collaboration with the EMDevCo (and all our stakeholders) over the coming months, and of course in the years ahead.

Finally, we will as soon as we can, update the information on the Steering Group page to introduce the newest members of the SG to you all, along with those who continue to volunteer on your behalf.

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 2nd October 2021

Final Call for the Forum AGM – Thursday 7th October 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

The deadline to both Register to attend, and Vote for the motions on the Agenda, has been extended to the end of this Sunday 3rd October.

Please see the website AGM Page for details of how to do so.

All those who have registered will receive an email containing a link and instructions how to join the meeting on Monday or Tuesday next week. Please check your spam/junk folders just in case before contacting us if you haven’t received it by the end of Tuesday.

The AGM will start at 7pm prompt so you may want to login 5 or 10 minutes early to avoid missing anything!

Big Green Festival

We would like to say a big thank you to all of you who visited the Forum stall last Saturday at the Big Green Festival held at Inham Nook Recreation Ground.

We were very pleased to welcome so many of you (members & friends of the Forum, local councillors and our MP) and to have the opportunity to chat face to face, after such a long time, about our Plan and aspirations for the Area, especially in relation to environmental issues and green infrastructure, and to hear your views.

We were especially pleased to see and meet new people, and to those who signed up on the day as new members and friends a special welcome to your first Digest newsletter! We hope you find it useful & informative. All our previous posts can be found on the Our Posts page of the website if you want to catch-up on recent & past issues.

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IWM Director General Visit

We are very pleased to announce a bit of a coup! With the help of a long-time Friend of the Forum we have arranged for the Director General of the Imperial War Museum (Diane Lees) to visit Chetwynd Barracks to discuss our aspirations contained in the Plan for a Midlands IWM site in the heart of our Area. We are very excited to be able to have the opportunity to discuss our ideas with her, and to hear her views about the possibilities the site has to offer and what the (our) vision might look like in reality.

The visit is scheduled for 27th October, so we will let you know how it went afterwards. The meeting will officially be hosted by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and led by the Forum. As well as the DIO and members of the Steering Group, we have invited the Barracks CO, the Leaders of both Broxtowe Borough and Notts County Councils, our MP, and Richard Carr and colleagues from EMDevCo (Richard is the guest speaker at our AGM). So this will be a high profile visit and meeting which we think and believe has exciting possibilities for the future of, not only our Area, but also the East Midlands region.  

Announced by the Forum Steering Group

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Neighbourhood Plan Update

As you may remember we were required to carry out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) before our Plan could proceed to the next stage of the process towards adoption, namely Regulation 16 consultation. We have now received the draft Environmental Report from AECOM (the final outcome from the SEA). This has been reviewed by the Steering Group and comments returned to AECOM for some wording amendments. Once the final version is available, we will share it with you. However, in general terms the report found our Plan policies to, at the very least, have a minor positive impact on the environmental factors considered within the scope of the report, with some policies having a significant positive impact (mainly our environment policies on biodiversity). There were no negative impacts. Nonetheless there are some recommendations to amend a small number of policies to strengthen them, and the Plan overall. We will now work through those recommendations before submitting the revised Plan (and other documentation) to Broxtowe for Regulation 16 consultation, along with the Environmental Report. Once the revision is complete, we will update the Plan page on the website accordingly, along with a revised Roadmap to Plan adoption which is being updated for us by Broxtowe.

It has been a long time since we submitted our draft Plan in June 2020, but at last we are nearing the home straight!

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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AGM 2021 – Last Chance to Register & Vote

Final Call for the Forum AGM – Thursday 7th October 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

The deadline to both Register to attend, and Vote for the motions on the Agenda, has been extended to the end of this Sunday 3rd October.

Its your last chance to Register & Vote at our 2021 Annual General Meeting. If you haven’t already Registered and Voted, click on the image & follow the link to Register, read our Agenda and Vote. We’ll send out instructions on how to join soon.

Annual General Meetings

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Important – Stapleford Town Council Proposed Parish Boundary Changes

Broxtowe is undertaking a Community Governance Review which may make changes to Governance at a Parish Level.

Broxtowe propose, in line with the agreement made between Toton and Stapleford Parishes, that the Boundary between Toton and Stapleford should be along the A52 (as is currently the case for administrative purposes). Stapleford Town Council are proposing that the boundary should follow the old Parish Boundary which was changed by the Parishes in February 2020.

We disagree with this proposal because:

  1. The layout of the developments in that area is not defined and the result could be that streets/homes are arbitrarily divided between Toton & Stapleford;
  2. As stated in the agreement between the Parishes, “the developments would be seen primarily as extensions of Toton rather than Stapleford”;
  3. Stapleford Town Council’s proposal would introduce an “isolated area” of Stapleford, cut off by the A52 and introduces unnecessary divisions within the developments in the Strategic Location for Growth.
  4. The A52 makes an obvious line of demarcation between Toton & Stapleford, which is the status quo for sensible reasons.

We ask you to email Broxtowe Council at CGR@BROXTOWE.GOV.UK making a representation that you agree with Broxtowe’s proposed boundary between Stapleford and Toton so that Toton extends up to the A52 and that the boundary between the Parishes of Stapleford and Toton, agreed in February 2020, is kept.

The deadline to respond is 30th September, so time is of the essence!

The boundaries proposed are shown below.

Broxtowe’s Proposed Boundary
Stapleford Town Council’s Proposed Boundary

This is the response we sent:

This response is made on behalf of Chetwynd: The Toton & Chilwell Neighbourhood Forum:-

The Forum supports Broxtowe’s stated position for the boundary between Stapleford and Toton and the Forum Area to remain along the A52 (as is currently the case), and which is the same as the parish boundary between Stapleford & Toton parishes as stated in the Pastoral Order from the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham that came into effect in February 2020 (attached). 

The Forum is aware that Stapleford Town Council has voted to propose that the boundary should follow the old Parish Boundary which was changed as above & attached.

We fundamentally disagree with this proposal because:-

1.       The layout of the developments in that area is not defined and the result could be that streets/homes are arbitrarily divided between Toton & Stapleford;

2.       As stated in the agreement between the Parishes, “the developments would be seen primarily as extensions of Toton rather than Stapleford”;

3.       Stapleford Town Council’s proposal would introduce an “isolated area” of Stapleford, cut off by the A52 and introduces unnecessary divisions within the developments in the Strategic Location for Growth.

4.       The A52 makes an obvious line of demarcation between Toton & Stapleford, which is the status quo for sensible reasons.

Finally, unlike Broxtowe, Stapleford Town Council didn’t have the courtesy/decency to inform community groups & others affected by their proposals ahead of the meeting where they reached their unsatisfactory conclusion. This we find to be particularly disappointing, discourteous and underhanded! There appears to have been no thought given as to the impact their proposal would have (if accepted by Broxtowe) on adjacent and established Neighbourhood Forums.

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Neighbourhood Forum AGM

I make no excuse for reminding everybody again about the AGM on the 7th October. If you haven’t already registered please do so.

Annual General Meetings

If you have Registered, PLEASE VOTE

We’ll send the details for the Zoom Meeting later. The deadline to both register & vote is 30th September. We hope, and would like, to see as many of you as possible at the AGM.

See you then

Mark

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2021 Chetwynd Neighbourhood Forum – Register, Read and Vote

Hopefully you’ve registered for the AGM. If not Register Now

When you’ve Registered, read the Agenda and supporting Documents

Then VOTE by the 30th September

We’ll send you details of how to join to listen to our guest speaker nearer the time.

Click on the image for more information
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Broxtowe Green Festival

The Neighbourhood Forum will have a stall at the Broxtowe Green Festival. Come along and talk to us.

Click on the Picture to find out more.

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Register for our AGM – Guest Speaker

The Forum is pleased to announce that Richard Carr, Managing Director of the East Midlands Development Company will be our guest speaker. Book your seat to register for the AGM and listen to what he has to say.

Thanks to those who have already registered, but if you haven’t yet then complete this form to Register and confirm your Forum Membership by 30th September, plus volunteer to be a member of the Steering Group by 16th September.

Vist our AGM page for more information and the updated Agenda.

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