Louise Goold writes: Firstly I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all who have helped us to get this far, and who turned up for the “Launch Night” of the new Friends of Christchurch Gardens @ the White Horse. It was a fantastic turn out with lots of ideas flowing. For more details of how to participate click here
Licensing is to be compulsory for HMOs with 5 or more residents by a new statutory instrument. This amends the Housing Act of 2004, though not until October 2018.
Registration of HMOs is something The Leamington Society has fought long and hard to achieve.
NORA’s Chairman, (National Organisation of Residents Associations)Chairman, speaking at last year’s AGM said
“Perhaps the most important events in 2016 for NORA have been the Government’s proposal to extend licensing to all HMOs and a programme of banning and fining rogue landlords, both measures that NORA. has pressed on the Department of Communities and Local Government planners as essential moves to control rogue landlords.”
Mack Golf has withdrawn from the management of the golf course occupying half of Newbold Comyn. Their lease agreement with Warwick District (WDC) has ended and WDC is not sure what to do next. They have not ruled out the possibility of it reverting to a golf course and are maintaining it for the time being.
Cllr Moira-Ann Grainger, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services says,
“In view of the concerns raised by residents and local ward Councillors, I have as Portfolio Holder, instructed the officers to amend the report and remove Christchurch Gardens from the proposals. There will be no changes to the Gardens. A revised paper will be considered by the Council’s Executive next Wednesday.”
Well done everyone who expressed their views to WDC, officers or councillors
Next week WDC Executive will discuss a proposal to close the tennis courts in Christchurch Gardens and convert them, permanently, to 80 car park spaces, together with proposals for further permanent car parking (many next to Victoria Park) in Leamington. The discussion will be at Leamington Town Hall, Wednesday 7th February, starting 6pm.
The Boundary Commission has thought again about its initial proposals to split our parliamentary constituency in two. They now recommend that our two towns stay together, which was always the cross party preference, and this had been widely welcomed.
You can read more on Rightmove; they surveyed 17,000 people around the country. However, residents won’t be surprised, we’ve become used to being highly rated many times in the past.
September 2017; A new book by Simon Jenkins; Britain’s 100 best stations, has a nice feature on our station. More details on how to buy it here
Leamington was awarded Gold in the Heart of England in Bloom competition; the result was announced at a ceremony on September 14th. There was special praise for Jephson Gardens and Leamington Station gardens, saying these gardens “were a blaze of colour and all maintained to a very high standard” – see Leamington Courier. We think these displays look very pretty as well!
A huge thank you to all the station gardeners, some of them ready for action here, and to those who showed the judges around in July, and Janine for looking after the floral train.
A wonderful result. Well done everyone.
A press release on 2nd August tells us the welcome news that the Inspector has finally approved the modified Local Plan. This is scheduled for adoption at a Council meeting on 20th September.