Firstly, a very MERRY XMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR......to all of you who still remain interested in LAMAGs activities, and yes, we are still 'alive' as an organisation, continue to monitor Redrow's 2000 house site and are always ready to give advice etc on the strange rumours that spring up from time to time.
Not that much has been happening of late, with no sign of Phase 2 (458 houses South from Ledsham Road to the Waterworks / Gerrard Avenue) being started.
Redrow's last email received just before Xmas advised that they were 'hopeful' to be on site in the New Year... unfortunately they didn't say which year!
As Redrow have chosen not to build the 46 homes due on the current open frontage... yet - it means that there are now no more plots available until the roads /sewers have been constructed on Phase 2.
Since the first plots were sold some 18 months ago it also means that only approx. 100 families have moved in, meaning that it could well now take up to 30 years to complete the whole site... who will be monitoring what Redrow are up to then?
It seems that the Govt. is now going to legislate to put a stop to the practice of allowing developers to build houses and sell them on a leasehold basis - the Ledsham Road site being one such.
Our M.P., Justin Madders, has been at the forefront of the national campaign to get this rip-off practice stopped and has welcomed the announcement, with caution.
LAMAG understands that Redrow have offered existing owners on the site the opportunity to buy out their lease, for a sum of several £000s and are giving them 2 years to decide.
No doubt Phase 2 and subsequent homes will be priced at a higher figure than currently to offset Redrow's loss!
2 safety audits have been carried out by the Council, one in July covered the operation of the new roundabout in Ledsham Road and the other, in November, related to the 40 mph stretch from the Welsh Road to the roundabout.
ROAD SAFETY AUDITS:
Residents will not be at all surprised to learn that the report on the former was quite scathing with regard to its poor design and operation, and showed photos of vehicles driving straight over in a direct line at speeds in excess of 30/40 mph .
Redrow's response to the recommendations for changes to be made was to decline to do anything, stating that the design was fully approved at the Planning and Appeal stages several years ago which, of course, it was.
As the Council appear not to be able to force any changes, nothing will happen... until a serious accident occurs.
The audit to consider the reduction from 40mph down to 30mph found that the current criteria did not allow it to be done at this time... unbelievable!!
LAMAG is contesting these findings with Highways / Police and will advise the outcome in the New Year.
The site has been closed & will re-open tomorrow, January 2nd. The name of the Site Manager is now Ian Robertson.
A revised application has been submitted by a Wigan based Social Landlord coy.... 17/05223/FUL .... for the demolition of this community asset and to build 5 x 1 bed bungalows and 14 x 1 bed apartments for "supported living" purposes.
SUTTON (MARQUIS) PUB IN GLENEAGLES DRIVE:
Redrow have submitted a discharge of conditions application ...17/05182/DIS... which contains details of changes to be made to the A41 in the village centre.
A41 TRAFFIC FLOW IMPROVEMENTS:
These include the installation of traffic signalling at the junction of the A41 and Wetherby Way; the updating of the pedestrian crossing on the A41 near to its junction with Ledsham Road; and, controversially, the removal of the northbound, left designated turn lane off the A41 into Ledsham Road.
Some residents and local Cllrs. consider that this "improvement" will cause even longer tailbacks and have made their views known to the Senior Planning Officer, Paul Friston, who has passed them on to the Highway engineers. LAMAG understands that this matter will be discussed at a meeting of Council Officers on Jan. 9th.
Thanks to the Methodist Church (opposite the Library) a successful switch on event was held on Nov. 30th when Xmas tree lights and architectural lighting of the Church windows took place.
VILLAGE FESTIVE LIGHTING:
Further lighting was provided by the owners of the parade of Blue shops (London & Cambridge Properties).
In addition about half of the businesses in the village took part in a Best Dressed Window competition, sponsored by the Burleydam Garden Centre, and promoted by the village Regeneration Group. Hopefully ALL businesses will join in next year, especially those with the largest window spaces!
FINALLY, we wish all residents of Little Sutton a HAPPY and PROSPEROUS
Graham Penness, Chairman.