The consultation period for the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) ends next week and the NDP group of volunteers needs to get your views.
One of the ideas put forward in the Plan is to convert the existing Heyes Lane allotments into a new park or gardens, with a small car park to support the Medical Centre and Festival Hall.
The idea is that the village could create a green space for the peaceful enjoyment of all residents (and workers), plus some extra car parking to relieve the Medical Centre and Festival Hall.
The idea is just in its infancy, as the group first needs to know what residents and businesses think of the concept before taking it further.
The thinking behind it is that:
- There are currently no public parks or gardens in the village east of London Road.
- It presents an opportunity to create a quiet space for reflection – with a different character from the current park.
- The new gardens would allow the community to open up the Festival Hall so that it faces on to attractive gardens, rather than being hidden behind the Medical Centre and the allotments.
- The gardens could also be used for wedding photographs, supporting the development of the Hall and reducing the need for local taxpayers to subsidise it.
- The small car park would be designed to have the lowest possibly visual impact and would take up no more than 25% of the area.
- The car park would support the community-owned Medical Centre and Festival Hall.
- The Festival Hall has a capacity of 250+ people but parking for only 40 cars – much less on weekdays - and steps would be taken to ensure it doesn't simply become a commuter car park.
- The car park would also help relieve traffic congestion experienced by residents on Stamford and Talbot Roads.
All this presupposes that alternative space can be provided for the allotments to allow them to be moved to the edge of the village, probably as an extension to the Beech Close allotments – and that is also covered in the Plan. And the proposal assumes that any legal and cost issues can be addressed.
For the moment the Neighbourhood Plan is asking you to choose between three options:
Option 1: Keep the Heyes Lane allotments as they are
Option 2: Convert up to 25% of the allotments for car parking and keep 75% for allotments
Option 3: Convert up to 25% of the allotments for car parking and create public gardens in the remaining 75%
The (only) ways to make your views known on this and other policies in the Plan are:
- Go to the Library or Festival Hall and reading a hard copy of the plan there, giving your responses on paper which you can post in a box there
- Go online to the NP website at www.alderleynp.com and fill in the survey online
- Borrow a hard copy of the NP by contacting the group at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Geoff Hall on 01625 581321 and then respond either on paper or online.
Please note that the group can only take into account views expressed through the formal routes above. Debate here is of course welcome, but this is the process the group is required to follow to capture responses. So, if you want to have your views heard, please do take part!
Your response will affect what goes in to the final Plan in a few weeks time.
Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan group.