Hi everyone Ė Happy Spring!
- Isnít Maidencombe the most wonderful place to live as we see signs of spring and look forward to the summer?
- So, hereís my quarterly update from the MRA.
Around 20 brave and hardly souls enjoyed the annual Christmas morning swim off the beach. I dont think we lost anyone in the fog and mist and thanks to all swimmers and supporters, especially Paul with the wonderful food, and those who provided reviving drinks!
Our first quiz of the year was on 15 January which was great fun and a good time was had by all as usual.
The kilts were out in force at the Burns Night where we enjoyed a wonderful 3 course meal with haggis and neaps and some amazing moves on the dance floor led by Rodney & Sheila. Our next quiz is on St. Georges Day 23 April where we will be challenged by Quiz Master Extraordinaire Brian Crisp and also have some fun with the wonderful Black Bess Morris Dancers who will put us through our paces, broom handles at the ready! Please support this event which is being held in aid of Rowcroft Hospice.
Sunday 19th August saw the village green in use again for Boules/Petanque competitions. Not many of us had a clue, but it was still great fun and those who had played before proved good teachers!
Sladnor Park continues to be a major focus as you will be aware. We have had a wonderful response on the planning portal with a 152+ objections to the development proposal. Thank you again for taking the time to write in. Rodney, Nigel G and I have had numerous meetings with councillors, the mayor, and council officers where we have put our case against the development. Much of the information can be found on the Torbay council website at www.torbay.gov.uk (go to planning & type in Sladnor Park). I have also made sure that the important things have been put up on the Saving Sladnor Park Facebook page. Two very lengthy and important documents were submitted by the developers agents on 31 January dealing with flood risks and tree removal. Many of you will remember the 169 trees and the hedgerows which were removed previously (including trees with TPOs) and there are now plans for a further 65 mature trees plus 17 additional groups of trees making some 300 in total. By their own admission this will increase the flow of surface water from the site with the additional risk of flooding and landslip. If the water table also rises (as is probable) then there is the potential for our bio-discs and cess pits to cease to function, making our homes uninhabitable! The whole of the village from Sladnor Park down to the beach is in Flood Zone 3 which speaks for itself!read more »
Very Best Wishes, Chris Davies