A47 litter build-up

UK’s Environment Capital…

In 2015 a Commons Select Committee concluded that that “England is a litter-ridden country compared to most of Europe, North America and Japan”. There’s been a lot of news around the pollution caused by plastic waste in the environment. You don’t have to go far to see this. The A47 to the west of Eye along the southern edge Star Pit Nature Reserve is one of the cities grot spots. The nature reserve is  a site of special scientific interest with many species of water beetle found in the shallow pools.

Cans, coffee cups and plastic bottles seem to make up a lot of the litter but there is also a wide range of packing, plastic bags, drinks cartons and miscellaneous pieces of cardboard. Some of it is quite old so it obviously hasn’t been cleaned for a while. If this was along Bourges Boulevard in Peterborough there would be an outcry, because this is in the ‘countryside’ it almost seems fine to ignore it.

Research on roadside litter by the RSPB and Keep Britain Tidy has found more than 8% of bottles and almost 5% of the cans contained remains of some of our rarest native mammals, including shrews, bank voles and wood mice.

Looking east along A47

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The First World War Centenary – Village life in 1918

1918 was the final year of Word War One. Germany had been in retreat since the middle of 1917 but it wasn’t until the Armistice of 11 November 1918 that fighting ended. Also known as the Armistice of Compiègne from the place where it was signed, it came into force at 11am and marked a victory for the Allies and a defeat for Germany but it wasn’t a surrender, that had to wait for the Treaty of Versailles. The Treaty was signed in June 1919 and was the most important of the peace treaties that brought World War I to an end. The Treaty ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. Continue reading “The First World War Centenary – Village life in 1918”

The Local Plan – Proposed Submission

You’ve ruined Eye and you should be ashamed of yourselves” said Mayor of Peterborough and village Councillor at the time David Sanders to city planners in October 2016. Even as late as 2005 you could look across grass meadows from the north side of the High Street. This has now been lost for ever. Over the past 10 years approximately 365 homes have  been built across the village:

  • Bath Road: 91
  • Merevale Drive: 21
  • Millport Drive: 59
  • Sandleford Drive estate: 50
  • The Croft: 14
  • Verde Close: 57
  • Whitby Avenue: 73

The ‘ proposed submission’ version of the Local Plan is available for comment until the 20 February 2018. This is the final version that is put to public consultation and independent examination.  The plan sets out the council’s planning policies for growth and regeneration of Peterborough and the surrounding villages up to 2036 (although the previous Peterborough Core Strategy Development Plan Document (DPD) which was adopted in February 2011 was supposed to last until 2026). The next stage the council will submit the local plan to the Secretary of State together with feedback received during the proposed submission stage. Continue reading “The Local Plan – Proposed Submission”

Guilsborough Road estate – Planning application mk2

Plans for 67 homes on the former Northam Brickyard site…

Westleigh Homes, a building company based in Leicester has applied to build 67 homes on the former Northam Brickyard site adjacent to Eye Nature Reserve. In the new Local Plan this has been increased to 55 but is nearly double what was recommended in the original  2011 Site Allocation Development Plan Document. The plan includes 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms homes including a number of social rented (shared ownership or other) homes. From their website “Westleigh Homes build modern contemporary new homes across the UK from our base in Leicestershire. We design homes & specifications with the modern lifestyle in mind.” Continue reading “Guilsborough Road estate – Planning application mk2”

Economical Christmas Dishes from 1916

Christmas 1916 was beset with food shortages, bad news from the front and the worst weather for over 30 years.Rationing wasn’t brought until December 2017 but there were growing shortages on the domestic front, as bread and meal prices increased sharply on the previous year – the consequence of German naval action. Many families couldn’t afford what they had previous years and had to make the best of what was available.

The recipes below are from the Peterborough Standard, 16 December 1916. There are links to more detailed alternatives where available. Continue reading “Economical Christmas Dishes from 1916”

New site ‘officially’ launched

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Old site

Welcome to the new and improved Eye Village website. With a fresher look and feel the new website is designed with you in mind. Its taken over month of work and a quite a number of late nights to get to this stage.

Time has moved on since the original site was conceived and it had become time consuming to manage. The new site should work should work a lot better on mobile devices with easier navigation and have more interactive sections. There’s a whole host of smaller changes, all designed to give you a  better experience. If you have any problems please contact me here.

The home page has been updated and the news pages are now a lot easier to comment on. The heritage section has always been my favourite section and that stays much the same as its was, the directory has been revamped, companies based in the parish of Eye can add their business for free to this section.

The site costs £60 a year in hosting so if any Eye businesses would like to sponsor the site or advertise please click here. You will get a banner on the front page and a link to your website at the bottom of each page (currently I pay all the running costs myself).

Thank you for visiting.

 

 

 

Further housing planned for the village…

The Local Plan

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The newest estate in the village – Parsons Prospect Phase 5

A new Local Plan is being developed by Peterborough City Council. The local plan sets out local planning policies and identifies how land is used, determining what will be built where.

The original local plan was supposed to identify land required for building between 2012 until 2026 but because it was based on the Regional Spatial Strategy which was revoked in 2013 the council are having to create a new plan based on the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA).

The village has seen continuous building over the past six years. Of the 283 homes that where allocated in the 2012 to 2026 plan over 85 per cent have already been built. Mayor of Peterborough and Eye Councillor David Sanders is reported to have said at a scrutiny committee this week “You’ve ruined Eye and you should be ashamed of yourselves.” at plans to build 250 more properties in the village. Over the past 20 years Eye has has the largest growth of any village within the Peterborough area. With a larger village comes increased traffic, pressures on services and rising crime as shown here.

In the new plan a large area to the east of the village has been proposed for further housing.  The new estate will completely encompass the school and residential home Field House. Part of this area was in the original plan but due to a campaign by local residents it was removed from the final 2012 Peterborough Site Allocations DPD. The area taken out by the council (south of Thorney Road (SA.5.7)) was added back in when the plan went before the Secretary of State. Now just four years later the entire area has been added back in within a larger area. The new site actually larger than all the existing sites from the 2012 document in Eye (excluding Eye Green) added together.

“Britain is running out of land for food and faces a potential shortfall of two million hectares by 2030 according to new research.” BBC

For further information on the villages response to the 2012 document click is here. Population charts for the parish are here.

Update.
The consultation is now live. The eight-week public consultation on the ‘Further’ Draft Local Plan runs from Friday 16 December 2016 until Thursday 9 February 2017.  The new proposals are for an additional 3,500 homes across the city council area as part of the process to develop a new Local Plan. Read more here: Consultation on Peterborough’s Local Plan.

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Guilsborough Road estate – Planning decision appealed

Plans for 55 homes on the former Northam Brickyard
Plans for 55 homes on the former Northam Brickyard


Decision appealed..
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O&H Properties Ltd have appealed Peterborough City Council’s decision to refuse planning permission to build 55 homes on a site adjacent to Eye’s Nature Reserve. The number of homes applied for was 60 percent higher than the 35 recommended in the Peterborough City Council’s Site Allocation Plan (if the plans had been for 35 homes it would have most likely have been passed without incident).

The design of the new estate is of a much higher density than the nearby Pershore Way and concerns over a buffer zone to the A47, a shortage of primary school places due to new residents coming to the area, and cutting into the adjacent Wildlife Site, were all listed as reasons why the application should be rejected.

The planning application is currently with the Secretary of State, you can view the appeal and make comments here.

If wish to make a representation you can fill out the online form here (click on Make representation), you can email the Planning Inspectorate Customer Services Team at enquiries@pins.gsi.gov.uk or write to them: Planning Inspectorate, Registry/Scanning, Room 3/05 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN. Please ensure that you quote reference number APP/J0540/W/15/3014912 in your correspondence and if you are sending your comments by post the Planning Inspectorate require you send them three copies of your correspondence.

The closing date for comments is Friday 12 June 2015.
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The Croft is demolished

What was the entrance to the croft
What was the entrance to the croft

The Croft has all but been demolished to make way for new housing…

The Croft which accommodated 39 residents was opened on the 2nd April 1969. It was closed by Peterborough City Council in 2012 after the Council’s cabinet approved its Older Person’s Accommodation Implementation Strategy, which condemned five of the city council run older people’s homes to close.

At the time Peterborough Pensioners’ Association Mary Cooke backed the relatives’ fight. She said: “Its supposed to be all about choice these days, but where is their choice.”

The city council’s strategy, together with NHS Peterborough, saw residents move from older care homes into privately run independent living flat complexes, known as extra care homes. Continue reading “The Croft is demolished”