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Weston Homes Community Stadium Consultation

Community Sports and Recreation

 

We want the community view: what sports would be your priorities should we have land available?

We already have some areas across the parish for sport, like the playing fields off Fords Lane and the rugby pitches off Mill Road, as well as David Lloyd.  The Northern Gateway project will bring further housing and other developments. Plus ‘sports for all facilities, likely to include BMX and cycling, all near the Weston Homes Colchester Stadium.

The Community Stadium has now asked for community views about another potential sport related development. This would be for the plot of land between the Community Stadium car park and Boxted Road.   They are interested in what sort of uses might be beneficial to the Myland community, preferably with a sports or activity flavour. They would then take that forward with developers, and or Colchester Borough Council (the ultimate landowner) and or investors. Making the most of this space by the Community Stadium may need investment and if so consequently a commercial return of some sort. But other uses are possible and MCC would look at any community preferences for the use of this parcel of land and pass that onto the Community Stadium.

We have some views already: through the community wide consultation undertaken for the Myland and Braiswick Neighbourhood Plan.  Resident’s priorities then were swimming, recreational cycling, tennis, tree walking and zip wires, badminton and an outdoor gym.   These ideas may not be practical for this space or may have been met elsewhere and views may have changed.  But we welcome your feed-back and priorities now.  Please let us know what you would most want to see for this land:

  • Sports only – and if so which
  • As woodland and or green space
  • Family communal use with a mix of green space, with trees, benches, flowers for rest as well as paths for cycling, recreation and exercise

If sports or recreation – in whole or part – tell us your preferred uses and sports – and whether you would use any such facilities if put into place.  We will consider your responses as the Community Council and then talk to the Stadium team.

Write or call the MCC at 101 Nayland Road (01206 853400) or speak to Cllrs Pete Hewitt or David King or to any Community Cllr.

Data Protection Act 1998: The information that you give will be used solely for the purposes of collating your views relating to suggested use of the land at Weston Homes Community Stadium and if you respond directly to MCC (rather than by using Facebook where you and your response can be publicly identified) no information that would identify you as an individual will be shared with any other organisation or published by the Council in any way. Information held by MCC which could identify individuals responding to the survey will be held by MCC until such times as all responses have been collated and compiled into an anonymous report showing popular choices for us of the land. Any personal details or views will be destroyed by 30th June 2018 at the latest. Facebook responses will be subject to Facebook privacy rules and retention periods over which MCC has no control.

September Update

New Developments Update – Education, Transport and Housing

Education

Young children needing schooling? As developments grow MCC will continue to press for information on plans for primary and secondary schools.  Cllr Pete Hewitt and Braiswick resident Chris Law recently met with Essex County Council.   Their education headlines:

  • Requirements are produced on a rolling ten year plan. The next plan is expected to be published in January 2018 and will be based on 2016/17 data.
  • Chesterwell schools: the target date agreed with the Trinity College Trust (Chesterwell/Gilberd/Manningtree) for Chesterwell School opening is September 2020.
  • The secondary will have 5 form entry expanded to 6 then possibly 8 for September 2021. This will educate up to GCSE.
  • The primary start will be 2 form entry anticipated to be September 2024.
  • Completion: The full site will be completed at the same time, i.e. September 2021

New Developments – Transport and Congestion – Latest News

Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council have recently met. They agreed to work closely  on areas of traffic congestion, acknowledging the changes and pressures arising from new developments. Priority actions include looking at North Station Roundabout to investigate options to improve the flow of vehicles, buses and cyclists through this gateway junction to the town centre, and to plan a long term vision for the High Street in Colchester!  This is good news. But don’t expect quick change!

Other Development Headlines for Myland / Mile End – updated!

Q1: How many new houses?

A1. This will depend on planning consents, builder progress and the housing market – so it is difficult to say with precision! But what we know suggests an extra 1600 homes at Chesterwell and 700 at Severalls and some 300 off Mill Road at the site of the Rugby Club.  Chesterwell and Severalls are underway, building will continue for many years, up towards the A12 and in an arc below it towards Colchester North Station.

Q2. Will the local traffic infrastructure be enough?

A2.  We think not. The Northern Approach Road has been very helpful but we share concerns about the impacts on other local roads. Issues on turning right towards Chesterwell, Severalls and Great Horkesley have been raised. Early change seems unlikely. Traffic light ‘phasing’ will be monitored and adjusted.   But bus services will be extended and there will be cycle and footpaths from the new housing down towards North Station and towards Colchester centre.

Q3.  Will there be shops and facilities on the new developments?

A3.  Yes! And we are now seeing early design plans. But the details are not yet available and will depend on consultations with potential tenants. We hope for shops and or small supermarkets, a GP surgery, cafe and or pub! But we await the details. There will be new community centres, on Severalls and Chesterwell, the trigger points being progress on the developments, so perhaps 5 years away or 2022 or so.

Q4.  What about green space?

A4.   An additional parcel of nearby land will be allocated by extension of the current Fords Lane recreation grounds in Mile End.  This will house one of the new community centres and could include new sports facilities and or open space on which MCC will seek local views. Chesterwell Wood will be retained as part of a wider park extending to the A12.  Some 4.5 hectares of land at the Mill Road Rugby grounds will be kept as open space (village green) which is 11-12 acres.  The new developments will also retain some ‘green’ areas as with the grassy paths and meadow grass and flowers by Fords Lane and some fine old trees as on the Bloor developments. MCC priorities include connecting this up, where we can.

 

Q5. What is the MCC role? How can they help as north Colchester develops?

A5. MCC will help ensure Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council know what the local community needs. We have a ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ that will help shape what happens. In partnership with them and by engagement with the developers we hope to make the most of what we have and will see develop. We will equip the new community centres and related facilities. We will make community improvements wherever we can, on which we will consult. And we will share what we know when we can, as a community and information hub for others.

 

For more information contact the MCC Clerks, MCC Chair John Stewart, Planning lead Pete Hewitt, or other councillors. Or contact me – David King – as the MCC lead on communications – and give us feed-back on this update. You can call 07738522641 or email david.king@mylandcouncil.org.uk

Myland Community Action Plan

The MCC Community Action Plan – How Can We Help?

 

The Myland Community Council is here to support you – their local community. This can be direct action, working with others such as Colchester Borough Council or by helping those who help others.   Three examples agreed in July:

 

  • £150 towards the work of Make Lunch Myland as they provide help to those in need through the summer holidays
  • £417 to Colchester Villa Football Club to replace the football posts trashed by travelers in Mill Road
  • £500 to our local hospital, to Lexden maternity Ward to make those anxious and expectant visitor stays more comfortable!

 

And another grant agreed yesterday:

 

  • £1000 towards the End of Life Time Garden at Colchester General, to help their fundraising towards ‘a place for quiet contemplation, peaceful reflection and privacy for patients who are dying, and their relatives’.

 

We welcome your suggestions for further such good causes!  Large or small let us know, they might just be ‘more benches to sit and watch the world go by – or to keep an eye on the children’!  Who do you know working for local benefit, raising funds and needing some extra help?

 

MCC may be also be able to help, working with others, on local infrastructure. These would be the very small scale but eyesore/problem areas and issues that can bug us all.  Tell us where and send a picture,  If we can’t help we will raise it with others!  We still have some green space but never enough. So MCC is going to ‘Green Your Parish’.  Where do you think we might plant some mature trees or otherwise ‘green’ our community?  Provide location details and a picture if you can!

 

Anything else? We have had some suggestions already: swings on the Rosewood development play area, new benches at the Mill Rd Park, exercise equipment (wherever we can!) and benches parallel to Maximus Drive.  If you have any other ideas or views on the above – let your MCC Councillors know! Or contact the MCC Office or the lead Cllr David King on 07738522641 or email david.king@mylandcommunitycouncil.org.uk

 

 

David King

MCC – Contact Mobile: 07738522641

July Snapshot

Community Questions – New Developments in Myland.

New to the area? Just moved to the Chesterwell, Severalls or other developments? Or just wanting to know more about new developments and the future of north Colchester?

Here’s the MCC Top 5 — our ‘snapshot’ as of July 2017!  Updates will follow!

Q1. How many new homes will be built? When and where? 

A1. This will depend on planning consents, builder progress and the housing market – so it is difficult to say with precision! But what we know suggests an extra 1500 homes at Chesterwell and 700 at Severalls and some 300 off Mill Road at the site of the Rugby Club.  Chesterwell and Severalls are underway, building will continue for many years, up towards the A12 and in an arc below it towards Colchester North Station.

Q2. Will the local traffic infrastructure be enough?

A2.  The Northern Approach Road has been very helpful but we share concerns about the impacts on other local roads. Traffic light ‘phasing’ will be monitored and adjusted by Essex County Council as needed to cope with changing volumes.  And there is a recognition that North Station traffic management needs investment — but when is not yet known. There will not be any light railway or new means to travel! But bus services will be extended and there will be cycle and footpaths from the new housing down towards North Station and towards Colchester centre.

Q3.  Will there be shops and facilities on the new developments?

A3.  Yes! How many and what is not yet known, but we expect from outline plans local shops and supermarkets.  From past consultation locally MCC hopes this would include coffee shops, a GP surgery and so on, perhaps a pub! but we await the details. There will be new community centres, on Severalls and Chesterwell, the trigger points being progress on the developments, so our best guess now is perhaps 5 years away or 2022 or so.

Q4.  What about green space?

A4.   An additional parcel of nearby land will be allocated by extension of the current Fords Lane recreation grounds in Mile End.  This will house one of the new community centres and could include new sports facilities and or open space on which MCC will seek local views. Chesterwell Wood will be retained as part of a wider park extending to the A12.  Some 4.5 hectares of land at the Mill Road Rugby grounds will be kept as open space (village green) which is 11-12 acres.  The new developments will also retain some ‘green’ areas as with the grassy paths and meadow grass and flowers by Fords Lane and some fine old trees as on the Bloor developments.

Q5. What is the MCC role? How can they help as north Colchester develops?

A5. MCC will help ensure Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council know what the local community needs. In partnership with them and by engagement with the developers we hope to make the most of what we have and will see develop. We will equip the new community centres and related facilities. We will make community improvements wherever we can, on which we will consult. And we will share what we know when we can, as a community and information hub for others.

 

For more information contact the Clerk , Council Chair or other councillors and, as MCC lead on communications, please come back and tell me how helpful this was – and what else would be useful!

Cllr David King

Mobile 07738522641

Village Green for Myland

Residents of Myland Community will be aware of the Northern Gateway Project which intends to create a sporting and leisure hub in North Colchester. Myland Community Council has been working with both our colleagues in Colchester Borough Planning and the developers to ensure that what is delivered is right for Myland. The project consists of two sections. The Northern part will consist of a new Sports Stadium located on the north side of the A.12 trunk road. The Southern section will extend from United Way to Axial Way and Mill Road. It is envisaged that the current users of Mill Road Sports Field will be relocated to the new stadium with the exception of the cricketers who will re locate to Mile End Recreation Ground, Ford’s Lane. The northwest part of the southern section will house a new multiplex cinema and restaurants. All of this is, of course, subject to planning permission.

North Colchester has sustained much new home builds and Myland Community Council welcomes this project and views it as giving something back to our community. One area we are particularly pleased with is the Village Green.

Myland Community Council has campaigned for some time now for the retention of a good part of the Mill Road Sports Field as a Village Green. In this we have had the full support of Councillor Gerard Oxford and his colleagues in Highwoods Ward as well as the Myland Ward Councillors. We are pleased to say that via the Myland & Braiswick Neighbourhood Plan, adopted by Colchester Borough Council December 2016, we have a guarantee of a minimum of 4.5 hectares (about 12 acres) set aside for a Village Green.

The Village Green will integrate with the rest of the Southern section but exactly how is still being planned. The addition of the Village Green open space at Myland’s eastern boundary and the improvements planned for Ford’s Lane on the western side will mean valued green space is retained for the benefit of our community. As always the views of our residents are important and we welcome your comments.

Cllr John Stewart

Chairman Myland Community Council

A Village Green for Myland?

As part of the Northern Gateway Project, Colchester Borough Council plan to move Colchester Rugby Club to a new site and utilise Mill Road Sports Ground to build housing which will part fund the move. MCC want to preserve all our green space and we are therefore proposing to apply for “Village Green” status to protect the sports ground. We want to preserve this essential local green space for our community to enjoy.

For more information