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DATE: 10th January 2023

WHETSTONE STEPS UP ITS FIGHT AGAINST LOSING PART OF A MUCH-LOVED GREEN OPEN SPACE TO HOUSING

Whetstone Parish Council (WPC) is continuing its fight against a planned development on part of Trinity Road Park, which sits in the heart of the old village. East Midlands Homes (EMH) has applied for permission to build 8 dwellings on part of the park that sits alongside the Grade 1 listed St. Peters Church.

When this matter came to light last year, the Parish Council spent pubic money in getting professional advice for land values, but on the advice given, made an offer to Blaby District Council (BDC), the site owner, for £1, the nominal value attached to any area of public open space. This was not accepted at the time as it was not seen as public open space.

At a recent Parish Council meeting, it was agreed to make an enhanced offer to BDC, having commissioned their own RICS valuation of the land as potential building land, which places its value at £137,500, as it currently stands, without planning permission.
This offer retains the green space within Whetstone whilst allowing BDC to realise a realistic monetary value for the site which is deemed surplus to the District Council’s requirements. It is the Parish Council’s intention that the property will remain a green space available for use by the community in perpetuity.

The Parish Council are aware of the obligation upon the District Council to deliver affordable housing within Blaby District, but know that Whetstone has already provided more affordable homes than required and that the brown field sites within the village are currently being developed with 127 affordable dwellings under construction.

The Vice Chairman of the Parish Council, Mark Jackson has again asked for the help and support of the village. “Once again, the Parish Council are stepping up the fight with an offer of real cash to Blaby District Council. This is a win-win situation for both the District Council, who maximise a revenue stream for land they no longer require and for the Parish Council, who can secure the “heart of the old village” for generations to come. We know that the village of Whetstone is supporting its Parish Council”

Contact: Mark Jackson – Vice Chairman
WWW.WHETSTONEPARISHCOUNCIL.GOV.UK

Trinity Road Park banners placed on Trinity Road Park railings

Trinity Road Park banners placed on Trinity Road Park railings

FROM SEPTEMBER 1ST 2021, THE MEETING ROOMS OF THE PARISH COUNCIL ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THE OFFICE REMAINS CLOSED, BUT CONTACT IS AVAILABLE VIA PHONE OR EMAIL OR BY APPOINTMENT AND IS DESIGNED TO PROTECT BOTH STAFF AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

OUR CONTACT DETAILS ARE BELOW

LEE BRECKON – CLERK OF THE COUNCIL , COUNCIL OFFICES, CEMETERY ROAD, WHETSTONE, LEICESTER. LE8 6LL

TELEPHONE (0116) 2751987 EMAIL :

WWW.WHETSTONEPARISHCOUNCIL.GOV.UK

The Council Office is normally open 9.00 a.m till 4.00 p.m Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m till 1 p.m on Friday, with an answer phone service at other times, telephone 0116 2751987. The Parish Council usually meet on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7.30 p.m (always check this site or Notice Boards for any alterations) at the Council Offices. Parishioners are more than welcome to attend to discuss a specific item on the agenda, or you wish to alert or discuss with Council a matter relating to Whetstone you think is of importance, or you just wish to see Council in operation. If you do wish to speak on a matter or raise a new issue please contact the Clerk who can inform you of the protocol.   If you are not able to attend, written, telephone or e-mail comments are also welcomed.

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VILLAGE ISSUES

Many of the telephone calls to the Parish Council Offices concern incidents of pavement parking, graffiti, dog fouling and littering. Whetstone Parish Council are not responsible for these issues. Please use the links below to report these issues.

The most requested links are for Dog Fouling, Pavement Parking, Litter Removal and Graffiti , please find a quick link below

http://www.blaby.gov.uk/resident/roads-parking-and-travel/dog-fouling/

https://www.blaby.gov.uk/parking-and-roads/parking/parking-information/

https://www.blaby.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/environmental-waste/district-cleansing-and-highway-sweeping/

http://www.blaby.gov.uk/resident/roads-parking-and-travel/report-a-problem/report-graffiti/

During the spring and summer months the issue of grass cutting in the Parish becomes a main issue. The Parish Council is not responsible for cutting of the grass verges/roundabouts in the Parish, or road maintenance, including reporting of pot holes etc . This is the remit of Leicestershire County Council.

Please find a quick link to these issues and how to report them below

https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/road-maintenance/grass-cutting

https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/road-maintenance/report-a-road-problem

The link below will also direct you to an online customer services form to report other issues to Leicestershire County Council.

https://leicestershirecc-self.achieveservice.com/en/service/Customer-Services-Contact-Us-Form

We hope that you find these quick links useful

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