On Saturday 2nd December the annual “switch-on” of the Chatteris Christmas lights took place. Mark manned a stall outside the church to spread the word about our campaign, and collected well over 100 new signatures. This was a great opportunity to reach residents who are not active on social media. Thank you, Mark – and Helen for helping too!
On Wednesday 8th November we met with the planning consultant who has been working on the proposed development on the Wenny site for many years. He kindly took time to explain the current state of progress in some detail, but stressed that the process is already too far along to consider major divergence from the Broad Concept plan which has been agreed with Fenland District Council. However, he is receptive to suggestions from us for how the green space within the allocation of land is to be used and designed. He also said that a further public consultation process would take place before the final plans were submitted. We’re still digesting this information, and will give a fuller update in due course. The campaign is still very much on!
The website went live today and we’re starting to distribute the petition which is also available to download from our resources page. Please spread the word!
The officers explained the planning process in detail, and advised that that our letters need to address the full planning application, and not the Broad Concept plan. As soon as the formal planning application is submitted, we have a window of just 21 days to register objections. (It’s likely to be submitted shortly.)
So, we’ve removed the resource pack for now, and we’ll make a new guide letter as soon as the consulting period opens. We should be able to re-use existing letters then, but we need to save them up until the right time.
The Save Wenny Road Meadow campaign was featured twice in the Fenland Citizen on the 18th October, in the form of an article and a cartoon. Read both below:
We delivered the first six objection letters to Fenland District Council, writing separately to the Head of Planning services and the Planning committee.
A press release was distributed to Fenland Citizen, Cambs Times, and (later) Cambridge evening news. The two local papers have picked up on the story already.
The Save Wenny Road Meadow campaign was launched with two successful drop-in sessions held at Chatteris library in early October. Dozens of people called in to find out more about the campaign. We shared the developer’s Broad Concept plan, and explained our campain strategies, and handed out resource packs, which give guidance on how to write an objection letter.
Representatives of the group spoke at the Chatteris Past, Present and Future (the Civic Society) and were pleased with their enthusiam for our campaign.