This report first appeared in the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald.

Wellesbourne and Walton Parish Council Meeting 7th February 2017

The meeting of Wellesbourne and Walton Parish Council last week opened with the Chairman, Anne Prior, reporting on a recent meeting between the Council and Wellesbourne C of E Primary School. Due to the large number of new dwellings being built in the village, the school is finding it increasingly difficult to accommodate all the children who want to attend the school and to maintain its high standards due to the cramped nature of the school accommodation. The Parish Council has agreed to write to the County Council supporting the school in its campaign to get the school premises enlarged soon.

District Councillor Anne Parry sent a written report, saying that the planning application to build two houses adjacent 9 Kineton Road, rather than one, has been dismissed, but a decision on the old Bargain Booze site in Warwick Road has been deferred for further information on parking. The Council had no comments on the two planning applications before it – one for tree work at 7 Holly Lodge and the other a single storey rear extension at 5 Mordaunt Road. However, the Council refused to change its objections to the lorry depot proposed for the east side of Stratford Road. Instead the Council has added two new objections – the lack of landscape screening proposed and that the Neighbourhood Plan identifies the site for small mixed business use rather than the substantial single use proposed.

The Council have had an offer from Jaguar Land Rover for volunteers from the company to carry out some community work. It has been agreed that they will undertake clearing excess vegetation from the area between Ettington Road and the Mountford sportsfield. The handyman is busy installing bollards in Chestnut Square to stop people damaging grassed areas by parking on them.

The new Sports and Community Centre now has 150 members. It is planned to start work on the building a multi-use games area alongside the centre in the Spring. The cricket club meanwhile is applying for grants to build an extension to their club hut to house improved changing facilities.

Councillor Eric Lawley reported that the River Dene has twice recently reached the Environment Agency’s danger level when flooding was likely, but so far this has not happened. He and two other councillors will be walking across the fields from Newbold Road with representatives of the County Council to review what measures need to be carried out, if any, to prevent flooding in this area as well.

Finally the Chairman reported on a useful meeting she had attended with representatives of Walton Estate. Among the many topics discussed were the Christmas lights and it has been agreed that last year’s lights and event were a huge success and they will continue in their present form for another two years. She also reported that Persimmon Homes recently received detailed planning permission for the first part of their new development to the south of the village.