Waters Upton Parish Council has now applied for Designation of a Neighbourhood Area under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 Part 2 (5).
Waters Upton Parish Council is a ‘relevant body’ for the purposes of Section 61G of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act.
The area defined is covered by Waters Upton Parish Council in its entirety and recognises the important and vital role of the local communities of Great Bolas, Waters Upton, Crudgington, Cold Hatton, Meeson, Shray Hill, Longswood and Sleapford.
The boundary for the Plan, is the Parish Boundary and is shown on the attached map. Click on the link below to view.
The local community has already identified four areas of work that we are focusing on Development, Highways and Transport, Young People and Leisure and the Environment.
What are your views about additional housing in the Parish? Many of you have agreed that some housing is needed, we now need to know where it would best be located (eg Waters Upton, Great Bolas, etc.), what type of housing is needed (eg affordable, semi-detached, bungalows etc.). What about the schools, can they accommodate all the local children? What is the catchment area for primary and secondary schools? Are the facilities for 16plus adequate and accessible? Local businesses – many of you have told us that you would like to see more small business units available, but they have to be accessible and affordable. Once established, the owners would need to know that the local community will use them. This could bring local employment. The next phase is to find suitable locations and sites – do you know of any?
HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORT
We know that the condition of our roads is unacceptable, we report potholes on a regular basis, but this piece of work has a wider remit – what are your views on the bus service, cycle lanes, speed limits (and enforcement)? Do you use the local right of way network? What would encourage you to use it more? Do you find land-owners helpful? Do you know where our rights of way are? Do you know the law with regards to dogs on leads on public rights of way? Do you know the law about dog-fouling? How can you help us to clean up the area and reduce anti social behaviour such as dog-fouling?
YOUNG PEOPLE AND LEISURE
What uses would you support at The Village Hall or Parish Centre? How can we include the young people in the things that matter to the community? If we can encourage involvement, then maybe you won’t have the concerns regarding anti social behaviour, noise nuisance, litter, speeding etc. These are not only issues for the young people but other members of the community also.
There are many drivers who travel through the villages, with little or no respect for the people who live here – how do you think we could highlight our concerns to them in the hope that they will take notice?
What could we provide in the villages to occupy our young people? Youth clubs, cinema clubs, craft events, internet café have all been mentioned, what do you think? Do you have any skills or experience that you would like to share?
Do you use the leisure facilities available in Telford or the Borough Towns, cinemas, swimming, ice-rink, bowling, fitness suites etc.? Can you access them? Do you have a Telford & Wrekin Flex Card? Do you know all the places where you can get discounts with your card?
Would you use an evening bus to Wellington, Newport or Telford to access leisure facilities?
How can we work together, may be with other organizations such as Wildlife Trust, NFU or Council for the Protection of Rural England, to protect our green spaces, enhance areas where species can flourish or encourage wildlife to settle? Have you favourite trees, that you would wish to see protected? Have you identified wild flowers that are quite rare? Many of you have commented on the number of different birds and butterflies that you see, would you like to form a group to identify these and keep records so that we can plant appropriately to encourage them to say with us here in the Parish?
Are there more areas in the Parish that you would like to see planted with bulbs and shrubs? What about some specimen trees?
We have some beautiful old trees (thank you to those who have provided some photographs). What about growing some trees and replanting within the Parish to keep them alive for generations to come. We have many baby oak trees, grown from the acorns of local trees, do you know of sites where we could plant these?
Do you know of areas where additional litter bins would be useful?
Your views on these, and many other subjects, really are very important – please contact the Parish Council, in writing, on the phone or send an email – every comment, suggestion or idea will be taken into consideration.
We are also looking for people to work on the four subject headings mentioned above – if you would like to get involved, please let Katrina know, on 07813 788094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org