I don't know if anyone has tried to play tennis recently on Jesus Green. If they have, good luck to them.
Sunday, 26 July 2009
I don't know if anyone has tried to play tennis recently on Jesus Green. If they have, good luck to them.
Friday, 10 July 2009
This was a letter sent by Inspector Ian Lyons regarding the latest Midsummer Fair
I am Inspector Ian lyons from the Cambridge City reactive policing teams. I have the responsibility of looking after community reassurance during the forthcoming Midsummer Fair from Wednesday,24th June 2009 until Monday, 29th June 2009.
It is paramount for me to hear what your concerns are regarding this summer fair, in particular the way it affects you or your local community. Once aware of these problems I can address them with you and take positive action.
So far feedback from residents shows concerns around the following:
General disorder in the neighbourhood
Loud parties causing disruption to the community after the Fair has finished.
High volumes of traffic and parking issues
A lot of work has already been done with organisers and other partner agencies to minimise these issues. These include joint high visible patrols throughout the periphery of the Common.
For the fair site itself, this is subject to a planned police operation which has been refined over many years to deal with incidents on the site.
The fair can also have a wider effect on the local community & because of this we will have additional staff on duty many of whom will be your local officers, & the Rural Community Action Team. Whose role is to deal with the issues that affect the wider community. Please be assured that new police powers relating to alcohol based disorder will be used to direct people to leave the area in fitting circumstances - failure to do so may result in their arrest.
During the week leading up the fair the city council event management will be on site. They will hold daily meetings on the site at 10:00hrs to which community representatives are invited to attend, the local police officers & community support officers will also attend. There will be signs placed out when community support officers are patrolling the area & I would urge you to make contact with them if you see them, any information will be greatly appreciated by them.
If you have concerns relating to a parking , then 'Legion Parking' can be contacted on 01223458500. Having already spoken to the Contract Manager of Legion, I have been assured that there will be an increase of patrols from their officers throughout the week.
During the week please feel free to use e-cops to pass messages to the Neighbourhood Officers. When the fair has finished, I would appreciate it if you are able to give the Neighbourhood Teams some feedback as to your general concerns relating to the Fair. Through this I will then be able to look ahead for next year.
Repairs to the Jesus Green lock are currently taking place and will run until the end of July.
River manager Phillippa Noon has asked JGA members to suggest ways to improve the lock island garden. If anyone has ideas, then please email us and we will send on the comments to her
Letter from Phillippa Noon
With reference to our brief conversation following the Jesus Green Stakeholder liaison workshop at the Wesley Chapel on 20 April, I can now confirm that the Conservators are due to suspend navigation through Jesus Lock for the period Friday 19th June to Friday 31st July inclusive.
During this period of closure, the old wooden v-doors will be lifted out and taken to a specialist workshop in Halifax.
There, they will be copied by craftsmen using new oak timbers, thence returned to the lock in late July.
A mobile crane is to be used to perform the lifting operations, positioned beside Jesus Green Lock-Keeper’s House.
In order to ensure public safety during operations, we have requested a public footpath closure along the frontage of Jesus Green Lock-Keeper’s House and Jesus Green footbridge on the following dates:Wednesday 24 June 2009, 8am to 6pm Tuesday 28 July 2009, 8am to 6pm.
We have allowed a generous time ‘window’ however, it is most likely that both footpaths will be reopened before the end of the afternoon.
Fencing will demarcate the site working area and signs will be in place to re-direct pedestrians and cyclists. Clearly, the footpath closure on both days will have an impact upon local residents and we should be grateful for any assistance which you might lend us in communicating this closure to local residents.
Pedestrians and cyclists wishing to seek access to and from Chesterton Road will have to use alternative river crossings (Victoria Bridge or Magdalene Bridge). Standard footpath closure notices will be displayed, in accordance with the County Council’s requirements, in due course.
Finally, the lock gate refurbishment project offers us with the opportunity of reviewing the design of the garden on the lock island. If the Residents’ Association has any views on the planting scheme, we should appreciate your feedback. Thank you for your attention and assistance.
Dr Philippa E. Noon
Report by Alistair Wilson to Cllr Julie Smith on proposed use of Jesus Green by EDF Energy
1. Executive Summary
EDF Energy is seeking to use part of Jesus Green for a temporary site compound for works required at Thompson’s Lane sub station. Jesus Green is owned by the City Council, and is registered common land. For EDF to be able lawfully to use Jesus Green for this purpose, it would need:
i) Planning consent;
ii) Consent from the Secretary of State under Section 38 of the
Commons Act 2006; and
iii) The City Council’s consent as landowner.
This report asks the Executive Councillor whether the Council should give its consent as landowner to this proposed use of Jesus Green.
The Executive Councillor is recommended to refuse permission for the use of part of Jesus Green by EDF Energy as a temporary site compound.
3.1 EDF Energy made a Planning Application (09/0087/FUL) on the 12th February 2009, through their agent MLM Consulting Engineers to use part of Jesus Green for a temporary site compound for works required at Thompson’s Lane sub station.
3.2 The application proposed a site compound to be in place for eighteen months, in connection with work to renew the electricity substation in Thompson’s Lane. The application proposed the area be surrounded by a 2.4m-high plywood hoarding, to be painted olive green. Within this would be space for storage of materials and plant, ten car or van parking spaces, and four demountable buildings in two stacks of two, to provide office space and
Report Page No: 2 toilets. At the south-west end of the site, a lay-by for delivery vehicles would be created alongside Park Parade, separated from the trees by a post-and- rail fence. The whole area would be surfaced with hardcore.
3.3 At the end of the period of work on the substation, the site area would be recovered with topsoil and seeded with grass, and the whole avenue of cherry trees to Jesus Lock felled and replaced with new flowering cherry trees.
3.4 This was a valid planning application accompanied by the correct certificate of ownership, and it was considered by the City Council in the same way as any other planning application.
3.5 The Planning Officer recommended refusal.
3.6 The application was refused by the Development Control Manager acting under delegated powers on the 9th April 2009, and the letter of determination was sent the same day. EDF have the right of appeal
Pre Planning Application Considerations
3.7 Previously EDF have worked on Jesus Green to lay cables which they have statutory powers to carry out this work. A payment was made with this way leave agreement, to permit the work. These statutory powers do not extend to placing a compound on Jesus Green in connection with works at another location.
3.8 Other sites considered before making the planning application include Jesus Green on the eastern side adjacent to Victoria Avenue, this was discounted due to disruption to traffic, the route taken from the site to Thompsons Lane, and for arboricultural reasons.
3.9 A vacant site at the top of Castle Hill, was discounted as it was too small.
Status of Jesus Green
3.10 Jesus Green is designated as Common under the City of Cambridge
Act 1985, Part II, Section 7. As registered common land, Jesus Green has
special statutory protection and the land could not be used as a compound
without the approval of the Secretary of State, under the Commons Act
2006. EDF indicated on the 19th March 2009 their intention to submit an
application under Section 38 to the Secretary of State.
3.11 The City Council owns Jesus Green and therefore has the same rights
as other landowners, subject to not interfering with public rights that attach to
common land. Therefore, the City Council’s consent would be needed for the
proposed use by EDF even if the latter obtains planning consent and
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consent under the Commons Act. Subject to statutory powers (such as
compulsory purchase), the City Council is entitled to refuse or permit the
use, or access to, Jesus Green for purposes unconnected with its status as
City Council considerations
3.12 The City Council has to decide as landowner whether it will or will not
permit this use of the common regardless of whether the Section 38 consent
can be obtained.
3.13 The proposal to use Jesus Green as a temporary compound will have
significant impact on users and their enjoyment of the amenity. There is no
balance to drawn as the strategic importance of work to the substation has
not been detailed.
3.14 The Friends of Jesus Green have discussed this proposal at an
Extraordinary General Meeting and are opposed to the use of part of Jesus
3.15 Representations to the Planning application were received from:
• Park Street C of E Primary School
• Park Street Residents Association
• Save Our Green Spaces Cambridge
• Savills acting on behalf of St John’s College
3.16 The representations can be summarised as follows:
• Loss of open space of recreational importance
• Harm to the character and appearance of the conservation area
• Loss of trees, including a memorial tree
• Difficulty of ensuring proper restoration of the Green afterwards
• Other sites could be used, such as Park Street car park
• Work should have been undertaken before 24 Thompson’s Lane
• Site is Common Land
EDF Consideration post Planning Application determination
3.17 EDF and their Agent are currently considering the car park of Henry
Giles House 73-79 Chesterton Road as a suitable alternative.
Purpose of report
3.18 This report is brought to Community Services Scrutiny Committee to
determine whether or not the City Council will permit the use of Jesus Green
for a works compound for EDF work.
5. Background papers
The following background papers were used in the preparation of this report:
• Report by the Planning Officer in relation to 09/0087/FUL
• Correspondence from EDF
• Correspondence with Friends of Jesus Green
JGA treasurer Richard Price spotted a hole in the swimming pool fence on July 6 in preparation for a meeting with council officials for the Jesus Green working party forum.
After reporting it to the council, the hole was repaired the following day. Although a small thing, it shows how reporting incidents (even to the JGA) can get them sorted. Stopping people breaking into the pool is important not just on safety grounds, but because they then get bored and tend to smash the place up.
The JGA would like to thank Ian Ross and his team at the council for acting so swiftly in this matter and would urged members to continue reporting problems.
After jumping through many bureaucratic hoops, the JGA has been offered a grant of £250 by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. This is a body which adminsters community grants for the city council.
The money will be used to cover the general running costs of the JGA, including hiring rooms for meetings, publicity materials for said events, update of the website and various other running costs.
The grant pushes the JGA's meagre savings to a more acceptable level, although it's running total is, I believe, less than £400. This means the issue of subscription can be deferred for a while, although there is still much to recommend it. In short, the association would have more money to expand its activities, would be less dependent on outside bodies and it would also increase a sense of ownership among stakeholders.
On the downside, it would reduce membership and would be a hassle to collect given the city-wide nature of the group.
One of the requirements for accepting the money is that publicity materials must contain an agreed statement outlining the involvement of the CCF. A small price to pay for cash gratefully received from the JGA.