Werrington Neighbourhood Council and Area Forum

UPDATE: THE FENCING OF THE FIELDS ADJACENT TO KEN STIMPSON ACADEMY. This issue is being discussed by Peterborough City Council cabinet on Tuesday 16th July at 4.00pm during a public meeting. The  public papers explaining the position and decision being made are available here. The Neighbourhood Council will be speaking at the meeting presenting the following statement:

Werrington Neighbourhood Council is the elected resident’s presentative group in the absence of a Parish Council which includes being an official planning consultee. We have been involved right from the start of this process when we supported the original proposal of the fencing of 2.5 football pitches believing that the school needs a safer area for its outside pitches. We cannot however support the recommendation that Area C (a much larger area of 8 football pitches) is leased to the Academy and then being fenced at the Council’s expense. This area is an important open space which has had public access for 40 years and the removal of such a large portion of this area will have a great impact on the local resident’s amenity.

We do not believe that you have been provided with enough information to enable you to make your decision in favour of the recommendations for the following reasons:

-The Academy has not provided enough evidence to support the claim that it needs all of this extra land to provide its sports curriculum. In the original successful 2019 planning application, the school (with the involvement of Consultants) deemed that the 2.5 pitches were sufficient for its needs with no reference being made to the already existing ‘guidance’ now being quoted. Given that the required space has now trebled in five years, the Academy has given no justification for needing these extra pitches for its sole use … all day. every day even when the Academy is closed … and there is no suggestion that any compromise has been explored with the Academy.

-The Department for Education’s decision was based on ambigious information being submitted. There has been no indication that any attempt has  been made to engage with the Department to clarify, challenge or compromise on its decision. especially as the report quotes that ‘exceptional circumstances’ could be considered

– Earlier this year, there was a promise made that further discussions would be made with the Community and that all residents would be able to express their view through the Planning Permission Consultation process. All of this has now been withdrawn so it is understandable that there are many tensions around this decision making process.

If you have not visited these fields, then you will not appreciate what a big impact a fence encircling this large space would make. It will affect a large chunk of an important public open space. It’s not just about the area being sacrificed by residents – this larger fence will fragment the remaining space, removes the view across a large open space which creates a feeling of spaciousness and replaces it with a visually unappealing chain linked fence. The original Werrington Village suffers from poor recreational facilities and these are the nearest fields for the majority of its residents.  The proposed community use agreement is limited to ‘pre booked, paid for sport’ which alienates the vast majority of residents. There are obvious compromises that are available to give better access for residents.

It is so important that you are confident that you have been given all the information and the right information and that all the possible options and compromises have been fully explored to enable you to reach the right decision. As we believe that this has not happened, we strongly suggest that you will not be able to approve the officer’s recommendations regarding provision of Area C at this meeting

 

 

FOR ALL THE INFORMATION ABOUT WERRINGTON NEIGHOURHOOD PLAN: Click here

Werrington Neighbourhood Council represents the area of the former Werrington North and South wards in Peterborough covering over 6500 residences.  The Council was established over 50 years ago and its aims are to:

  • Represent and promote the best interests of the inhabitants of Werrington,
  • Act as a forum for local opinion on planning proposals, amenities, the local environment and the development of the local area
  • To improve the environment of the area and the condition of life for its inhabitants by working in partnership with Peterborough City Council and other agencies.
  • To establish and maintain a Neighbourhood Forum, for the express purpose of promoting and improving the social, economic and environmental well-being of Werrington.

MEETINGS: All Neighbourhood Council meetings are open to the public and start with an open public forum for residents to ask questions and express views.   Please contact the Secretary for details a week before if you intend to attend. Meetings are usually held at The Barn Hodgson Centre at 7pm.

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday 4th June (Annual General Meeting 7.15pm at Village Centre), Monday 15th July (Expected to be The Barn 7pm)

WERRINGTON ENVIRONMENT GROUP AND WERRINGTON RECREATIONAL GROUND: For information click HERE

WERRINGTON’S UNDERPASS PROJECT: For information click HERE

DROP INS: Regular drop events are held throughout the village. Previous events have taken place at the Education Centre, The Barn and the library. Please look out for details of our next events.

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:  Please see WERRINGTON ENVIRONMENT GROUP and WERRINGTON NEIGHBOURHOOD COUNCIL facebook pages for all details. To see some of our past events and activities click here.

SUPPORT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD COUNCIL AND AREA FORUM 

There are lots of ways of helping your community and Werrington Neighbourhood Council and Neighbourhood Forum.

BECOME A MEMBER: Download a form here and forward to the  Secretary.

ATTEND OUR MEETINGS and EVENTS: Every meeting is open to the public. The Neighbourhood Council starts with an Open Public Forum where you can ask questions or share your views.  Regular environment and drop in events take place

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: Keep up to date with news and meetings

SUPPORT OUR FUNDRAISING. Werrington Neighbourhood Council receives no funding and needs funds to meet our insurance, room hire and general activities. You can do this by:

SHOPPING ONLINE: Use easyfundraising to shop with over 3,600 retailers.. Every time you shop, you’ll raise a free donation for Werrington Neighbourhood Council every time, it’s that easy! Find out more: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/werringtonnc/ or click here.

CROWDFUNDING: Currently crowdfunding is supporting the establishment of a fund to support Cuckoos Hollow Underpass. Click here to find out more.