5th August 2005
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River Works on the Alne

In 1981 a flood defence scheme was carried out in the town that involved widening the channel in places, the construction of two by-pass channels and the construction of some localised flood defences.

These measures provided properties in the town with a 1 in 100 year level of flood protection, which means that there is a 1% chance of a flood of that magnitude occurring in any given year. Over the years since the flood defence scheme was completed, parts of the river channel have accumulated debris in the form of silt and gravel, and these bars have in many instances become vegetated. The bars are reducing the capacity of the channel, and so increasing the risk of flooding.

The Agency is proposing to carry out river maintenance works to restore the channel to the designed capacity of the flood defence scheme. This will involve the removal in twelve discrete locations along the river of material that has accumulated above the normal summer water level. By only removing the material above normal water level, the Agency aims to retain the low-flow channel at its current width and depth but provide increased flood capacity. There are also three locations where the river is eroding the bank and threatening the access strip alongside the river. The Agency is proposing to reinforce the bank in these places by placing rocks along the edge of the channel.

In order to carry out the works, access routes will have to be constructed into the channel. In most instances these will be temporary access routes that will be reinstated once the works have been completed, but in two places they will be retained as permanent access routes.

The Alne in Henley in Arden has a population of native white clawed crayfish, which is a protected species threatened by displacement by the more aggressive introduced signal crayfish and crayfish plague disease. The river also contains a good population of bullhead fish, another protected species. The presence of both these species means that the works will have to be carried out carefully and with minimal disturbance to the existing low flow channel in order to minimise adverse effects on the populations.

There is a small pond twenty metres from the river at one point where work is to be carried out. This pond contains a population of great crested newts, which is another protected species. Newts spend most of their lives in terrestrial habitat, only returning to their pond to breed. In this case, the area of available suitable terrestrial habitat is very limited, as the majority of the area surrounding the pond is either building, paving or close-mown grass. The Agency has modified plans for creating an access to the river in order to preserve the terrestrial newt habitat.

There are five small weirs on the Alne in the reach through Henley in Arden, which back up water on the upstream side and create stiller and deeper pools that extend up to a hundred metres upstream. Two of these are used to control the amount of water flowing through the by-pass channels constructed as part of the 1981 flood defence scheme. The other three do not serve a flood defence function, and have the effect of stopping fish movement along the river. As environmental mitigation for the works and in order to improve fish habitat in the river, the Agency was proposing to remove these three weirs and restore the river to a more natural form. However, surveys of the crayfish population showed that these animals had good populations in the pools above the weirs, and the Agency took the decision to not remove the weirs but to install fish passes instead. This will improve the habitat for fish, while maintaining the crayfish habitat, and will assist in maintaining healthy native crayfish and bullhead populations in the river as well as encouraging re-colonisation by brown trout.

The Agency is also proposing to install an information board and some seating in an area of public open space beside the river. The board will provide information on the river, the flood defences and the ecology of the river corridor including information on the protected species.

The works will cause some disturbance to the river, the river corridor and the protected species living in the area. However the long term benefits to the residents of Henley in Arden, the river ecology and the protected species populations will outweigh the short-term negative effects caused by the works.

Will Reed
Glendale Environmental


The Common Agricultral Policy

The leaflets are delivered, votes cast, the re-elected have taken their seats. On reflection the messages from the parties were much the same; they all banged on about health, education and crime. My feeling was, stop the rhetoric and leave it to the people who understand these things.

The message that was missing was about a minority, our farmers. This I found disturbing.

For the next six months, our Prime Minister will be the President of the EU. His latest thought is "We are spending more on agriculture than science. This is not right for the 21st century." It is an attitude that promises his presidency a rough ride because our European neighbours value their food producers.

Over the war years, most of our European neighbours starved, their memory of this and their longing for a stable food supply conceived the Common Agricultural Policy.

Our memories of the CAP are the butter mountains, wine lakes and other spheres of over production. However, CAP has been the subject of many reforms and adjustments. CAP has ensured a stable supply of food produced to high standards of animal welfare and environmental safety.

Concern over third world producers not getting a fair deal has led to the EU being accused of being a protectionist. However, seventy-seven African, Caribbean and pacific countries have been given preferential access under the auspices of CAP. If CAP is abolished then these seventy-seven countries could well suffer badly as a consequence. CAP is not perfect but it has allowed us a good supply of food all the year round.

I find the unfair criticism of the rural population disturbing. Suburbia views many rural activities with an apathetic pseudo moralistic attitude. This has resulted in many rural people being criminalised both in their work and leisure. Rural populations are victims of criminal activity such as sheep rustling, illegal rubbish dumping, vandalism and theft. Now rural people are being accused of racism by an unelected body, even though most ethnic people have not the slightest interest in the countryside.

As one who has lived in a country village and in latter years enjoyed the countryside without "the right to roam" and showed respect for this most important working environments, this division of our nation makes me feel sad and angry especially since it is encouraged by the Government.

The question I ask myself is. How long with the population increasing through migration and people living longer does the Government propose to feed the nation whilst doing everything to curtail food production?

Irene Robinson


Property Auction Report

John Earle & Son held their monthly land and property auction at Henley Golf and Country Club on the evening of Tuesday, 12th July. Richard Abbey introduced the seven Lots after first advising that the whole of Woodast Farm, near Astwood Bank had been sold prior to the auction for well in excess of the total guide price for all the Lots.

The first Lot offered was 12 Mayswood Road, Wootton Wawen, that until recently had been tenanted, and invited bids initially of £200,000 with the opening bid being £150,000 and finally sold for £196,000.

He then offered two parcels of land on Icknield Street, west of Hollywood, Lot Two 7.50 acres which sold for £61,000 and Lot Three, although not on the fall of the hammer, a sale was agreed immediately afterwards in the room.

The next was Lot Four, Wootton Green Barn, near Balsall Common, with planning consent for conversion to a five-bedroom dwelling with two acres, failed to reach its reserve and was withdrawn at £340,000. The Auctioneer advises that negotiations are on-going, now with three parties and he expects there to be a satisfactory conclusion during the next week.

Mr. Abbey then offered a 5.64 acre field at Balsall Common, fronting Wootton Green Lane, which realised £70,000.

Lot 6, Tiddington House, Main Street, Tiddington, came next and bidding commenced at £100,000 and after a three-corner fight, the gavel fell at a very attractive £280,000.

The final Lot offered was Dairy House with Barns having separate planning consent for two dwellings. The bidding fell well short of the reserve figure and the auctioneers are now in negotiations with parties looking at the whole property, who wish to use the house as a dwelling and the barns for business activities and they are negotiating with parties just wanting to purchase the barns for conversion.

John Earle and Son's next Property Auction is scheduled for the 20th September, to include five parcels of land around Parkfield House, Dorridge, three pasture fields near Berkswell, a three acre field fronting Valley Road, Earlswood, a Victorian house in Old Station Road, Hampton-in-Arden and
a cottage in Alcester.

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Peter Cornforth
Property Correspondent


Latest JPC Meetings Reports

Meeting held on Monday 18th July 2005

Open Forum
Mrs I Birch, 22 Whitley Road, Henley-in-Arden addressed the council concerning VB15 (20/06/05) the vacant shop in Whitley Road. Mrs Birch read from a letter that she had delivered to the council’s office that day. She was opposed to the shop being reopened as a retail establishment. Cllr Matheou said the shop was subject to market forces to which the Parish Council had no powers to alter. The Chairman thanked Mrs Birch for expressing her opinion and said that once South Warwickshire Housing Association (SWHA) had submitted plans for the building the council could comment on any proposed change of use. Cllr Goodman reminded members that she was on the SWHA residents association and she would bring the shop up at the next meeting.

3.Minutes of the meeting held on 4th July 2005 to be confirmed and signed.
The minutes were confirmed and signed.

4.To report matters arising from the minutes not on the agenda: for information only.
Cllr Matheou asked what mechanism would be enforced by the council to insure the action points from meetings were completed. The Chairman confirmed that he was looking into this matter.

5.To consider the Councils representation on Planning Proposals received:
(1) 05/01701/LDE, Continued residential occupation of dwelling house known as Holland Park Farm without compliance with agricultural occupancy condition. Holland Park Farm Buckley Green Henley-in-Arden Warwickshire B95 5QF Mr MConnolly
‘No Objection.’ Action: HS
(2) 05/01859/TREE, T1: Beech - fell. T2: Ash - reduce 1no. stem to 5m. T5: Hazel - reduce stem overhanging shrubs. T6: Apple - reduce 2no. laterals to 1m. T7: Apple - reduce 1no. lateral to 1.5m and remove 1no. lateral. T8: Apple - crown reduce to give 2m clearance to garage. T10: Birch - fell. T:1 Hedge - reduce by 1m and side up by 1m. T12: Beech - crown clean and deadwood.Black Swan 23 High Street Henley-in-Arden Warwickshire B95 5AA Mr G Sweeney
‘As long as the Forestry Officer hasn’t any concerns we have no objections.’ Action: HS
(3)05/00794/OUT, Maudsley Park, Great Alne
The following proposal was made by Cllr Roy and Seconded by Cllr Love: ‘We are concerned about the heavy construction traffic on the A3400.’ Action: HS

6. To note the District Councils Planning decisions.The following Planning Decisions were noted:
(6.1) 05/01196/LDE, Inclusion of area of land into garden cartilage, Bridge House, Camp Lane, Henley-in-Arden, Roger Belsey.GRANTED
(6.2) 05/00244/FUL, Demolition of offices and erection of new office building, 3 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Lapworth Associates Ltd.GRANTED
(6.3)05/01374/TREE, T1 – sycamore – crown reduce by 50% to include 3m overhang to neighbours and crown clear. 156 High Street, Henley-in-Arden Mr J Hawksley.GRANTED
(6.4) 05/01339/FUL, Construction of office development, Land off bear lane Henley-in-Arden, Peter Knott.GRANTED
(6.5)05/01174/FUL, Proposed increase in roof height and addition of 2 dormer windows, 3 The Tanyard, Henley-in-Arden. Mr & Mrs Tomlinson.GRANTED
(6.6) 05/01329/FUL, Replacement of single temporary classroom by a double temporary classroom and associated external works, St Marys RC School Arden Road, Henley-in-Arden, Governors of St Marys Roman Catholic Primary School.GRANTED

7.Correspondence and other matters for consideration.
(VB1) To discuss a letter from BT Payphones concerning their proposals to re-align payphone provision - proposing that should the Ofcom review remove the obligation to provide cash payment facility at the payphone in St Nicholas Road, this box should be converted to a cashless payment option as an alternative to removal.
The following proposal was made by Cllr Goodman and Seconded by Cllr Mitchell: ‘This council feels this is an excellent ideaand it has our support.’ With the majority of members in favour the proposal was considered carried.
(VB2)To discuss a letter from Stratford on Avon District Council asking for comments on Locality Action Plans (LAPs).
Noted.
(VB3)To note that the Planning Appeal – Local Inquiry, by Crocketts Holdings Ltd on Henley Golf & Country Club, Birmingham Road, Henley-in-Arden will be held on 9th May 2006 starting at 10am at the Councils Offices, Elizabeth House, Stratford uponAvon.
Noted.
(VB4) To note a letter from Stratford on Avon District Council Monitoring Officer concerning the Parish Councils discussion of PlanningApplications – he can see no reason at all why councillors either individually or collectively cannot undertake a factfinding exercise prior to the formal meeting of the Parish Council.
Noted.
(VB5)To discuss a letter from Stratford on Avon district councils deputy returning officer concerning the Parish Council’s Election to fill one vacancy. The date fixed for the election is Thursday 18th August 2005. Does the parish Council want to request pollcards? (increase to costs £507.90)
The Council agreed not to request Poll Cards but it asked the Clerk to delay responding regarding the matter until the number of Candidates was confirmed.Action: HS
(VB6) To discuss a letter from Stratford on Avon District Council concerning an independent Inspection of the councils play areas.Does the council wish to request this service?
The Council agreed to request the free independent inspection of its play areas.Action: HS
(VB7)To discuss Glendale Environmental’s report on the works to the River Alne in the town – public consultation.
Members noted that there was an exhibition in the Guild Hall on 21st July from 2pm to 7pm.
(VB8)To discuss Stratford on Avon District Local Development Framework Consultation on the Submission Document of the Statement of Community Invovement – public consultation.
Noted.
(VB9)To discuss a letter from Warwickshire County Council concerning a proposed advisory disabled parking space outside 12 Whitley Road – St Andrews Cross marked in white on the road surface.
The Council agreed that it had no objection to the proposal.Action: HS
(VB10) To discuss a letter from Hen Sk8 Cru concerning clause 10 of the proposed lease with Warwickshire County Council. A sign detailing the limitations of the proposed skateboard park would meet Warwickshire County Council’s concerns.
The Council agreed to wait for a copy of the letter from Warwickshire County Council confirming that they were happy with Clause 10 as amended, once this letter had been received the council agreed to forward the lease.Action: HS
(VB11)To discuss attendance at a briefing session on the New Local Planning Development Framework.
Cllr Roy confirmed that she wished to attend the seminar. She thought Cllr Atkinson had also expressed an interest in the past but as he was not present at this time this could not be confirmed.Action: HS
(VB12)To discuss attendance at WALC’s Southam Area Committee regarding proposals for section 136 payments – Many parishes have expressed their concern about the impending withdrawal of section 136 payments by Stratford on Avon District Council. Paul Ogden has accepted an invitation to address this committee about this subject.
The Council resolved to send a copy of the correspondence addressed to Stratford on Avon District Council concerning the matter and refer attendance at the meeting to the Planning, the Environment and use of land committee.Action: HS
(VB13)To discuss a letter from Marie Curie Cancer Care asking if they could place relevant articles in the parish councils newsletter.
The following proposal was made by Cllr Matheou and seconded by Cllr Goodman: ‘This Council recognises that this organisation does a wonderful job but logistically with only a two page newsletter it can not provide advertising space. If in the future we have the capacity to accept adverts we will let Marie Curie Cancer Care know.’ Action: HS
(VB14)To discuss a letter from River House School concerning the dates of Parish Council Meetings 2006.
The Council agreed to forward a copy of their meeting dates once they had been approved.Action: HS
(VB15)To discuss Britain in Bloom containers around the town which are currently empty or broken. Does the council wish to write to Henley-in-Bloom concerning this matter?
Cllr Matheou advised that the trough by the Golf Club was empty because the group did not have enough volunteers to plant it. For the last two years the containers on the Stratford Road had not been planted due to the lack of watering volunteers. He suggested that their were currently a small number of volunteers doing their best and so the council should leave them alone. The Following proposal was made by Cllr Goodman and seconded by Cllr Matheou: ‘This council will write to the Henley-in-Bloom Group to advise them that Warwickshire County Council may be able to help with the removal of the broken container on the Stratford Road.’ Action: HS
(VB16) To discuss the condition of the side passage and the back yard between the Library and the Arden Tandoori. Does the area need reporting to Stratford on Avon District Council due to Health and Safety concerns?
Cllr Mitchell declared his personal interest in the matter as he lives in Back Lane. Cllr Mitchell said he had contacted Stratford on Avon District Councils Environmental Health Department and Warwickshire County Council’s Planning, Transport and Economic Strategy Department in a personal capacity to complain about the condition of the drains, alley way and smell of the back yard of the Arden Tandoori.
The following proposal was made by Cllr Goodman and seconded by Cllr Love: ‘This council should write to Stratford on Avon District Councils Environmental Health Department registering its concern about the drains, alley way and smell in Back Lane.’ With the majority of members in favour the proposal was considered carried.Action: HS

8.Committee Reports
To receive and consider the minutes/draft minutes and notes from the meetings of the undermentioned committees and working parties on the dates indicated:
CommitteeDate of Meeting
Public Transport, Education, Sport and Leisure Committee29th June 2005
Planning the Environment and the use of Land Committee29th June 2005
Members said they had not received copies of the minutes so the clerk was asked to place these on the next agenda.

9.Any Other Business – exchange of information only.
(1)Cllr Goodman reported that the dog bin at the top of Meadow Road had been burnt out and a hole had been burnt in the picnic bench at the Jubilee Play Area.
(2) Cllr Atkinson apologies foe being late he said that the Environment Agency intended to hold an exhibition in the Guild Hall on Thursday detailing the proposed works for the river Alne. He continued that the Parking bay proposed for Whitley Road would need amending as the County Council had encountered enforcement issues. He asked if the councils Planning, the Environment and use of land Committee could address the ownership of land to the rear of Prince Harry Road as residents had commented about the difficulty of getting insurance due to the flood risk. The Land Registry information contradicted that of the Parish Council with regard to land ownership. Cllr Atkinson handed out brochures from the new office development at the top of the High Street. Cllr Atkinson agreed to talk on both Planning matters appearing at the Area Committee on 21st July 2005 – Hunger Hill and Park Cottage. The Clerk was asked to book a slot for Cllr Atkinson.Action: HS

Meeting held on 1st August
Stephen Thirlwell Chairman of Beaudesert & Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council welcomed Mrs Debra Bassett the new member for Henley at the councils meeting of Monday 1st August.

Mrs Bassett who was elected to the council after a non-contested pole in July lives at Harpers Hill Farm, Stratford Road, Henley-in-Arden. During the meeting Mrs Bassett got down to council business immediately joining the Public Transport, Education, Sports and Leisure Committee and the Employment, Business, Security and Safety Committee. She also volunteered to be the council’s representative when SK8 CRU, Warwickshire County Council and the High School Governors meet to discuss the terms of the proposed lease for the skate board park soon to be built on the land at Henley-in-Arden High School.

During the open forum the council heard representations from two residents following concerns about the condition of the secondary bank at Riverlands, Prince Harry Road. It was agreed that the councils Planning the Environment and the use of land Committee would meet with residents to discuss the matter in greater detail.

Two letters had been received from residents concerning three applications under the Licensing Act 2003. Following discussion about the best action the council could take members resolved not to make any representations against the applications. Instead, if Stratford on Avon District Council granted them, the council agreed to proactively monitor the premises and report any problems.

Members noted that two dog bins had been destroyed by fire and the Commemorative Plaque at the Jubilee Play Area had also been smashed by vandals.

The Councils office will be closed from Wednesday 3rd August reopening on Monday 15th August 2005.

The next meeting of the council will be on Monday 5th September 2005. The meetings of the council are held in the Baptist Church Hall, Henley-in-Arden from 7.15pm and members of the public are always welcome to attend.


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The Henley-in-Arden & District Royal British Legion will be holding a Parade and Drumhead Service on Sunday 14th August 2005 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of V.J. Day. The parade, led by the Shirley Pipe Band, will leave the Memorial Hall at 10.25am and the service will be held in St. Nicholas churchyard at 11.00am. The salute on the return parade will be taken by a serving RAF Officer at the Market Cross. Tea & Coffee will be available at the Memorial Hall at the termination of the parade.

Children's Summer Activities Here are details of what we are doing in the Library.

Pirate Storytime & activities at 2.15pm on Tuesday 9th August.

Fancy Dress Treasure Hunt at 2.15pm on Tuesday 16th August (Tickets available from the Library). We are also inviting children to join the ‘reading voyage’ This runs until the end of the holidays.

Art in Henley Society   August meeting will be a ‘Henley Treasure Hunt’ organised by Colin Fisher 01564 792715

Coffee Morning will be held at Dell Court on Saturday 24th September from 10am - 12 noon in aid of the DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY UNIT at Warwick Hospital. Admission 50p including tea & biscuits. There will be a bring & buy table & raffle. Please support this worthwhile cause

The Parish Council’s Footpaths Committee is organising another walk on Sunday 4th September starting at 2.00pm from the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. 3 walks are available and are: - For the hardy - 4.1/2 miles: intermediate - 2.1/2 miles and Children's walk - 1.1/2 miles. Why not join in and enjoy the public footpaths around the town. Do pray for a good sunny day.

First Choice Nursery School & Summer Holiday Club are held at the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane and run on 4 days a week from 9.00am to 3.00pm The fees are very competitive and the organisation is registered through Warwickshire County Council. The Nursery School, is registered for 26 children aged 2-5yrs and prepare the children for a school environment, and the Summer Holiday Club is for children aged 2-12yrs. For further information telephone First Choice organisers on 07751 689868 for a brochure or informal chat or visit Henley website, www.henleyinarden.plus.com

Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service If you think that you could serve your community, are over 18 years old and you live within 5 minutes of the Fire Station, have you considered becoming a part-time fire fighter? For more information contact Richard Butler 07974408977
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Co-ordinators. If you are aware that  you are not covered in your area or are willing to be a co-ordinator. Please contact Annette Walker on 792837

Rural Housebound Service This is a partnership between Warwickshire County Council & Age Concern and is a free library service to housebound residents in rural areas of the county who *Do not have access to transport. *Do not have family or friends who can regularly exchange library books. *Are unable to visit
their local or mobile library.

Two volunteers visit homes once a month, bringing a selection of  books, talking books, music cassettes or jigsaws. If you are eligible or know of someone who might benefit, please contact Debbie Sly on 01926 851031

Business ClubTHE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB holds their monthly lunchtime meeting on third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and a informative speaker on a business topic.

Rotary ClubTHE ROTARY CLUB of Henley-in-Arden meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.

New members are always welcome. Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email robinf@ribi.org

The Henley-in-Arden Bridge Club plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually find time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!. Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.

For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.

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