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24th April 2005

Spring Copy Deadline
31st April 2005
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Developers hoping for Summer start on Willow Way

In a recent joint press release,David Wilson Homes and Miller Homes have announced that they are looking to start work on the Willow Way site in a matter of months, if planning permission is granted by Charnwood Borough Council.The first properties will be ready for occupation by the end of the year.

Photo of Willow WayLegal issues which have delayed progress appear to have been resolved and the move is now to the detailed planning permission stage.Comments from residents were gathered this time last year at the Parish Council office and the developers' statement maintains that planning permissions have been drawn up, taking into account these views.They now intend to hold a further consultation, probably in April once they have formally lodged these applications.


The press release goes on to say: 'It is envisaged that the development will commence from both ends of the site and that the road connecting Willow Way and Cotes Road will be open to traffic early in the development. The proposals will also provide a number of community benefits including much needed affordable housing, major new public open space, improvements to public transport and health facilities and a major contribution towards improving local schools.'

You will be able to see what this means in reality by visiting the Parish Office to view the detailed plans and question a representative of David Wilson Homes.This is an opportunity to see how issues raised last year have been addressed and what impact there will be on the existing village facilities and its traffic.Will the 'benefits' make a real difference to our community?

Ian Althorpe, Planning Director for David Wilson Homes - East Midlands said:"The Barrow development will be a prestigious flagship site for the Company which will showcase the Company's latest house types." It will be interesting to see if these 'house types' which sound very much like the latest fashion in new build housing owe anything to guidance in the 'Village Design Statement' about local distinctiveness.

Robert Hepwood, Planning and Technical Director for Miller Homes - East Midlands said:" The Company was looking forward to developing in Barrow and is committed to providing a high quality residential development".

Watch out for posters and news in the local press for dates and times when the developers will be at the Parish Office. Don't miss out on making your views known.

Millennium Sundial and Park Update

Sundial - The last part of the Sundial Project is now in place.The Information Display explaining everything about the Sundial and how time is calculated throughout the year has been provided by the Community Association.

Trees - All of the trees that did not survive the drought of 2003 have been replaced by the Millennium Group

Wild Flowers - The Millennium Group have planted another 1000 native bluebells, 1000 native daffodils as well as snowdrops, primroses, cowslips, cuckoo flowers, wood anemones, red campion and field scabious.

You should be able to see these this year but it will take a few years for the flowers to become properly established. Planting of wild flowers will be an on going project for the group.

Mike Morley

.and a personal comment from Val Gillings

We owe a great deal of thanks to the dedicated team, which is working to make our new park a truly lovely spot.Mike Morley and two stalwart helpers have dug out all of the dead trees, and Mike and five helpers planted thirty new saplings.These are more mature than the first ones and will have the benefit of spring to help them get established before the Summer comes.

The high position of the park gives not only excellent views over the village, but also the surrounding countryside.A lot of time and effort has been spent planting the wild flowers, again by willing volunteers and personally I can't wait to see them flowering .

Whilst the trees were being planted, nine dog walkers used the park for exercise. Of these nine, seven carried poop-a-scoop bags.This is very encouraging.To those seven - thank you for being responsible dog owners; to the other two, please join the caring brigade and keep our new park clean and tidy and a very pleasant place to visit.

Time to Celebrate - nearly 100 issues!

Those of you who are particularly observant may have noticed that this spring edition is actually Issue number 99.With four issues being printed a year, it doesn't take a mathematical genius to work out that this spans 25 years.However the numbering started when the format of the magazine changed to this size and prior to this Barrow Voice was around in a variety of different forms.

However in the forthcoming summer edition we shall be celebrating with a special 100th edition (and maybe a party for this hard working team!) Watch out for something exciting coming your way in June