Chorleywood Cricket Club announces link up with Mission EmployAble to provide a new clubhouse and community learning café
Breaking for tea has never seemed so appealing ...
Chorleywood Cricket Club has been in discussion with the Parish Council about ambitious new plans to link up with a new local charity, Mission EmployAble, to develop a new clubhouse and community learning café. The club, having recently secured planning permission for a major refurbishment and extension of the outdated clubhouse, has been working closely with Mission EmployAble to bring this new opportunity to fruition. The proposals have been warmly welcomed by the Parish Council.
Steve Dunning, club Chair points out :-
“This link up provides an excellent opportunity to provide a purpose-built, pavilion style facility that supports the development of the cricket club and also benefits the entire community”.
Katharine Weston, Chair, Mission EmployAble, says :-
“Our vision is to train people with learning disabilities, to employ some and help others find work so that they can lead fulfilled lives working in and contributing to their local community,”
The proposed 30 seat community café would be open 7 days a week throughout the year, operated by Mission EmployAble. On week days the café will be staffed by trainees with learning difficulties supported by a dedicated training team. Visitors can expect a welcoming atmosphere, fantastic local produce and coffee and the most engaging service possible
The concept is at a very early stage and an essential first part of the process is to engage with, and enlist the support of, the local community. This is the first of a number of planned communications over the coming months.
TRDC Local Plan
With the consultation on proposed sites now completed, the council is now considering the comments and hopefully it will fully consider them in deciding which sites are selected for development as part of the Local Plan. It is, however, very disappointing that the council have come up with further 25 potential sites across Three Rivers after the consultation which, it appears, they will not be consulting on before deciding which sites to recommend. This appears to the association to be a deeply flawed process, lacking transparency and could well result in poor decision-making as the council will not be benefit from the local knowledge that could be provided through consultation.
Chorleywood Residents' Association will be monitoring progress and decisions made on an ongoing basis as well as lobbying councillors to ensure that residents' voices are heard with regard to sites in our area. Regular updates will be provided to residents through our monthly e-newsletters.
Heathrow Airspace Changes
Some residents have noticed the increased air traffic over Chorleywood in the last year. Complaints are about the constant drone of airliners passing overhead sometimes stacking to land at Heathrow. Coincidentally many local residents will have received a leaflet through their letterboxes about a consultation on potential changes to flight paths from Heathrow both for the existing runways and, if it is ever built, for the new third runway.
A representative of Chorleywood Residents' Association has met with the group consulting on the new flight paths to understand the impact on the Chorleywood area. Documentation has been gathered that shows the flight paths at different altitudes.
Overall, it appears good news. Currently, a fairly large numbers of flights departing Heathrow pass over the Chorleywood area at about 6,000 feet. This is quite high and should produce sound of a volume of no more than that of conservational speech but it certainly has been noticed by some residents of the area. If the new flight paths are introduced as proposed, no flights should pass over Chorleywood at a height of less than 7,000 feet, hopefully reducing the level of disturbance to below that which will be noticeable.
The consultation remains open until 4th March 2019 and you can participate and find out more information at www.heathrowconsultation.com.
For some years, there has been the threat of a motorway service station being built at J17 of the M25 with not only the loss of Green Belt but also the increase in traffic using local roads that service stations built on existing junctions seem to result in. It appears there may be some good news with a new service station now being proposed to be built in between J16 and J17 with a dedicated entry and exit for the services. If this development proceeds, it would obviate the need for services at J17. The Residents' Association is monitoring progress with regard to this proposal and will update residents tn future e-newsletters on developments. Find out more at www.m25westmsa.co.uk.
Chorleywood Twinning Association looking for hosts
Every year the Chorleywood Twinning Association arrange exchange visits in which groups of families, couples and individuals from Chorleywood visit Dardilly (Chorleywood’s twin town in France) and vice versa. Visitors stay with local families in the host town and efforts are made to ensure that host families and their guests have something in common, taking into account ages of children, profession, interests, etc. The host families and the organising committees from both towns are always very welcoming and do their best to ensure that everyone has a wonderful time when visiting.
This year’s exchange takes place on Saturday 13th April to Wednesday 17th April. There will be a number of Dardillois visiting Chorleywood and the CTA are looking for families in Chorleywood who would be willing to host some of them. Accommodation had already been arranged for many of the visitors but the association still need to find hosts for individuals, couples and some French families. The families consist of one adult and two children (eldest is 15) who are visiting for the first time so in this case local families with teenage girls and boys would be ideal.
If you interested and think you can help then please e-mail the CTA secretary firstname.lastname@example.org or the CTA chairperson Caroline Bartlett email@example.com
Visit http://www.chorleywoodresidents.co.uk/news-1/chorleywood-twinning-association for more information about the association and the upcoming visit.