Since May 2015 I’ve Chaired the Town Council’s Community and Environment Committee. The Committee is responsible for all Council land, including our parks and cemetery as well as the many community events and activies and services we provide throughout the year.
The Committtee met last night (26th July 2017) to discuss and debate a fairly long agenda covering everything from allotments to markets to play areas.
We agreed to progress some really exciting changes for our town and I wanted to let you know about them so you’re up to date with the latest news from the Council.
Brendan Close Play Area
The play area is curently owned by the Borough Council but they do not own the land. They have made a decision to close the park. Local residents contacted Councillor Claire Breeze about the possibility of the Town Council taking the park under its remit and spending some money on it to bring it up to standard. The good news is the Council has made the decision to say to the Borough Council that we’ll take it on and we’ll spend some money on it to install new equipment and provide a much safer and enjoyable park for local families. It won’t happen overnight but we hope that residents won’t have to wait to long to see some improvements although we have the legal paperwork to get through to transfer the lease.
Temple Way Play Area
Residents will be aware that the play area on Temple Way has suffered significant vandalisim over the last couple of years, costing the Council thousands to repair. We’ve therefore already agree to replace all the existing surfacing with grass matting, similar to that which we have recently installed at the Memorial Park. Last night we also agreed to replace the swings, including installing a wheelchair accessible swing as well as the potential for other new items in the play area to bring it up to standard and ensure every part of the town has a good quality play area.
The Council has now agreed to phase two of the Memorial Park improvements which will include a new surface the driveway and car park along with new signage and a dog agility area! The path running alongside Digby Road, Wilmost Avenue and Clinton Road will also be replaced in partnership with the County Council. The cost of phase 2 has come in at less than half the predicted budget which enables us to do the things mentioned already in this update.
A weekly market back in Coleshill
We’re a market town but we have no regular large scale market. The Town Council has been talking its CJ Events who manage the markets in Warwick, Leamington and Kenilworth to run a weekly market here in Coleshill. The Council has no agreed its support for a weekday market once per week on Sumner Road. Permissions will now need to be sought to close the road along with further discussions with High Street traders and of course the residents of Sumner Road. A new market for the town will be a great addition to the town.
Allotments and Community Orchard
Some of you may be aware that the Council has agreed to support the community allotment group establish a new community allotment and orchard site at the south end of the Stonebridge Road allotment site where the land is currently overgrown. Last night the Council agreed to further works to make the site suitable for use as well as getting quotes for new secure fencing around the allotments. This new community orchard will be a fantastic addition to the town and Memorial Park.
Land Transfers from the Borough Council
The Council has been in discussion for some time with the Borough Council regarding the legal transfer of certain pieces of land within the town to the Town Council. This includes the land opposite the Green Man, the land the former public toilet was located on and land at the bottom of Chelmsley Avenue next to our park. There has now been agreement to transfer all pieces of land at various points over the next 12 months.
All in all, a very busy and productive meeting with lots of positive things happening in our town