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Recent spike in crime

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Following on from the conversations we’ve had with police and chatter that there has been on Facebook our local PC Phil Martindale has been in touch and has the following to say:

“I’m sure you are already aware through social media of the recent increase of suspicious persons trying door handles of properties and vehicles in the early hours.

These have been reported through to the police and we are currently investigating all lines of enquiry.

There have been different types of incidents reported to us, from thefts from insecure vehicles and dwellings to properties being entered by damaging doors etc. One person was charged with two reports of thefts from vehicles at the beginning of January. The latest incidents have caught three persons on bikes trying door handles around 2am.

Could you put out a request for residents to be vigilant and to secure vehicles and properties please.
I have received correspondence from County Hall Highways that they are looking to make sure the correct street lighting is present.

We will continue to proactively patrol this area.”

Information meeting with Aldi re proposed new store

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On Wednesday 5th July, committee members from Haddon Way Residents Association (HWRA), Shelthorpe Community Association (SCA) and the Grange Park Centre Project (GPC) were invited to a closed meeting with Aldi to discuss the planning application (P/17/0942/2) for a new store on Allendale Road . We were not formally supporting or opposing the planning application, rather obtaining further information and presenting some of the concerns or comments residents have expressed to each of the groups represented.

The following notes were made during the meeting:

  • Aldi have been in the Uk for 27 years. They are on an expansion programme and aim to have 1000 stores by 2022.
  • They consider a store catchment area to include approx. 25,000 people.
  • Loughborough has a population of approx. 50,000 people, therefore they would consider this to be a 2 store town.
  • They have not purchased the land but have an option on it pending planning approval and other legal matters
  • The deal with Costa or similar hot food takeaway unit is equally subject to planning approval
  • Within the planning application they are requesting this unit has trading hours of 5am to 11pm
  • The Belton Road store with its new extension is 1140 square metres and includes 110 car park spaces
  • The new store on Ling Road will be 1254 square metres and will include 199 car park spaces.
  • Proposed trading hours are Monday to Saturday, 8am to 10pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm
  • All deliveries come direct from Aldi main distribution warehouse. They suggested there would be 3 to 4 deliveries per day, the first at 7am and the last at 5pm
  • The side of the site adjoining the new Chimes housing development would have a 2m high acoustic fence but the store and delivery vehicles would stand above this fence
  • To the Ling Road and Allendale Road elevations, Aldi are proposing to reduce the height of the existing curb side hedge to 1.5m
  • Three units are proposed to have a variety of uses under planning categories i.e. hot food takeaway, coffee shop, financial services, vets etc.
  • Night time security would be via lighting and cctv. Lighting would be active 7.45pm to 10.15pm. They are also proposing removable bollards to stop vehicle access out of hours.
  • They expect the planning approval to go to committee and would look for a decision towards the end of 2017 with construction in 2018
  • We discussed traffic issues and vehicle access issues at some length. Aldi suggested that they had carried out studies which showed only a very small increase in traffic to the Allendale Road/Ling Roard roundabout. However, it was difficult to accept this statement taking on board the present traffic issues and the increased traffic that would be inevitable from this development.
  • It was also pointed out that Allendale Road is the only exit south of Grange Park and if there was serious traffic or an accident the estate could become log-jammed. We do not believe that Aldi can address the potential traffic issues with the size/layout of the road/roundabout in this location

The planning application closes for comments on the 12th July 2017.

Hustings Event

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Haddon Way Residents Association is planning on holding a Hustings event on 16 April 2015 at Outwoods School from 19:30-21:00.

This will be an opportunity to meet the candidates standing for election in the Shelthorpe Ward on 7 May, to hear some brief words from them about why they are standing and why your vote is important to them. There will also be a chance to pose questions to the candidates themselves.

There are 5 candidates standing in the Shelthorpe ward.

  • Claire Forrest – Labour Party
  • Ashely Gray – The Green Party
  • David Hayes – The Conservative Party
  • Robert Sharp – Labour Party
  • Robert Shields – The Conservative Party

We ran a hustings event last time and it was a popular meeting. We hope you can come along.

Repairs to the HWRA noticeboard

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Noticeboard repairsThe HWRA noticeboard, located on Haddon Way by the postbox, was paid for with funds donated by the Loughborough Building Society a number of years ago.   It’s purpose is to promote local community events happening or update information which you may otherwise not hear about.

We’ve recently been carrying out some maintenance on the door and frame as a result of wood warping. This has been completed today, and we’ve painted another coat of varnish to prevent further warping before the Autumn rains arrive.

If you are organising local events, please do let us know and we will happily include fliers on the noticeboard.

The Haddon Way Residents Association is run by a handful of volunteers. We are looking for more people to help keep the association running. Please do get in touch – all help is gratefully received!

Residents protest at proposed Bloors housing development

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Residents protest at proposed housing developmentThis morning at 11am, residents met at the fields leading to the Outwoods to protest about a new proposed housing development for the area.

65 local residents and their families from the Haddon Way estate and adjoining housing estates joined with the Haddon Way Residents Association to protest against the Bloors housing development of 100 houses on the fields off Laburnum Way / Corydalis Close.

Design and access statementThe protest meeting coincides with the next Charnwood Plans Committee meeting being held on Thursday at 5pm on 14th August at the Victoria Room, Loughborough Town Hall. A number of planning applications will be discussed including the Bloors development P/14/0641/2 .

Below are a number of direct links to the planning application documents :

Site location plan

Planning statement

Design and access statement

We would encourage residents to attend this meeting to demonstrate their objections. Only one representative will be able to speak at the meeting, but a visible demonstration of those opposing the application will help to show the level of opposition.

 

Community fun day – 25th January

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On 25th January your local beat team and Charnwood Borough Council’s Community Safety Team are hosting a community event at Outwoods Edge Primary School, 12.30 – 3.30pm. It will be an opportunity for residents to speak to their local officers, pick up community safety tips and tools along with activities and games for children.

Within the Haddon Way estate, since April 2013, there have been 90 incidents of vehicle crime. 75.5% of these incidents were thefts from vehicles which were left insecure (doors unlocked) on roads and driveways. For more specific information on incidents within your area please visit www.crimemaps.org.uk and put in your Postcode.

Charnwood’s Community Safety Partnership is a local multi-agency partnership working together to tackle crime and disorder. The partnership are regularly developing new initiatives as well as delivering preventative work in order to tackle and reduce further offending across Charnwood.

As a result of these incidents; increased Police patrols are also now taking place throughout the day and night across the estate in order to disrupt any further offending.

For more information please contact your local officers on the details below:

  • Haddon Way Residents Association (info@haddonwayra.org.uk)
  • Street watch (streetwatch@haddonwayra.org.uk)
  • Sally Penney, Community Safety Officer, Charnwood Borough Council  (01509 634522)
  • Loughborough South Beat Team

PC 4430 Anna Lynn

PCSO 6673 Lee Rocket

PCSO 6030 Craig Miller