On Sunday we found out that Santa is also against Lodge Farm Village, as over 100 campaigners set out from Woolscott to walk the Lodge Farm Village site:

The start of the Santa Stroll

Following public footpaths, the group enjoyed a gentle seasonal stroll:

The start of the Santa Stroll
The start of the Santa Stroll

Heavy rainfall over the weekend saw significant amounts of surface water collecting on the A45 and also soaking the site:

The start of the Santa Stroll

The campaigners made their way towards one of the fabled "Two Bus Stops" which, according to Rugby Borough Council, in combination with Superfast Broadband makes for the sustainable delivery of 1500 homes. Sane individuals realise that two bus stops (now out of service - see below) and broadband come nowhere near fulfilling the requirements of the National Policy Planning Framework (NPPF) for sustainability:

The start of the Santa Stroll
The start of the Santa Stroll

A most welcome Christmas present from Rugby Borough Council would be the removal of Lodge Farm Village (DS10) from the Local Plan. Santa is watching Councillor Stokes, Councillor Timms and Mr Back - have you been good boys and girls this year? Your daft Local Plan suggests otherwise...

The start of the Santa Stroll

Millions of people across the English-speaking world are familiar with:

If I should die, think only this of me;
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England.

Rupert Brooke

The author of these poignant words, found in The Soldier, is Rupert Brooke (pictured left) widely acclaimed as the leading War Poet of World War One and Rugby's most famous son. When resident in Hillmorton, Brooke would often walk across the county boundary to visit his aunt in Barby, winding up the Drover's Track to ascend high above the Leam Valley. Looking out from Barby Hill, Brooke would marvel at the majesty of his beloved English countryside.

Fewer will be familiar with Brooke's lesser-known ode in part to the English countryside, which describes the view from Barby Bill across the Leam Valley to the Malvern Hills:

White mist about the black hedgerows,
The slumbering Midland plain

and is the same vista and environment that Rugby Borough Council wish to blight forever with the unsustainable Lodge Farm (DS10) development.

On Remembrance Sunday, members of the SALFV Commiteee gathered at the trig point on Barby Hill to remember all those who have fallen, and particularly Rupert Brooke, who died in 1915 while on active service with the Royal Navy.

The short video below illustrates the splendour of the Leam Valley as seen from Barby Hill on Remembrance Sunday.

Remember, this is our culture and heritage as immortalised by Rupert Brooke that:

  • Councillor Stokes (Leader - Rugby Borough Council)
  • Councillor Timms (Portfolio Holder for Growth and Investment - Rugby Borough Council)
  • Councillor Butlin (Rugby Borough Council, Deputy Leader - Warwickshire County Council and Portfolio Holder for Transport & Planning - Warwickshire County Council)
  • Mr Back (Rugby Borough Council - Head of Growth and Investment)

are so keen to see CONCRETED OVER.

Click here to donate to the SALFV Campaign and help save Leam Valley!

The consultation period is now over and SALFV has raised and delivered over 2000 objections to the Local Plan, requesting that Lodge Farm (DS10) be removed. In addition, a petition with over 1600 signatures was delivered requesting an extension to the illegal consultation period and the removal of Lodge Farm.

Our team can be seen here carrying in the objections! Well done everyone, thank you for taking the time to write your objections - it has and will make a real difference.

 

And just when you thought this nightmare was going to let up a bit, it's back on: RBC has tonight voted to extend the consultation period from 30th November 2016 until 11th January 2017. This means that you can continue sending letters and objections in to the council anytime until the 11th of January. You do not need to wait until the 30th of November.

Is this a victory? In some ways Yes - in other ways No. The council did yield to a level of pressure in extending the consultation period - but only because they realised they have unfinished business and they want to revise their plan and add additional documents to ensure it does not fall apart at the public examination. In other words - they are not doing us any favours.

But we will not relent, we will continue to pressure and lobby the council politically, as well as generating additional objections. Please keep writing objections and keep sending them in.

In addition to being under threat from the proposed unsustainable Lodge Farm (DS10) development, the historic hamlet of Woolscott in Warwickshire is expected to pay annual Wroth Silver dues of 1/2p (old money) each year to His Grace The Duke of Buccleuch! While this hasn't been a legal requirement since the start of the nineteenth century, the custom prevails and penalty for forfeiture in Woolscott's case is a further payment of 50p in old money or a White Bull with red ears and a red nose!

Thankfully, Woolscott avoided penury once more when the monies due were settled at the Wroth Silver Ceremony on Knightlow Hill near Stretton-on-Dunsmore early this morning, leaving more time for residents of the surrounding areas to focus on the dismissal of the Lodge Farm (DS10) from Rugby Borough Council's Draft Local Plan.

Objections to Lodge Farm have been landing thick and fast. The last Objection Workshop, held in Grandborough Village Hall on Thursday 10th November was a great success and saw attendance from Dunchurch, Onley, Barby, Woolscott, Grandborough, Willoughby and Braunston. Numerous high-quality objections were completed due the course of the evening and collated with objections against Lodge Farm received in recent days from all over Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Coventry, Birmingham, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and many other places throughout the British Isles.

Our SALFV Volunteers treat each objection form or letter with great care and can be seen below delivering the objections received during the last Objection Workshop to the Town Hall on Evreux Way in Rugby.