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Can you please help us to save the Inspire Community Garden?
Can anyone help us on Monday?
Dear Inspire friends & supporters
We really need your help. There is a Planning Committee meeting this coming Monday 10th Dec at 3pm at Town Hall which could decide the fate of Inspire. We just need an hour of your time to attend this, as the more people we have the better the chance of swaying councillors.
If the application goes through and permanently blocks vehicular access for deliveries and disabled it will seriously undermine the viability of the garden.
The Council have recommended approval of the application (on half of the owners of the carpark) and for members of the planning committee to reject it (so that Inspire can sit down with the developer to talk about options - which they have always refused to do) we think our best chance is to get as big a show of support as possible at the meeting.
I realise many of you are working but if you can come, bring a friend, or let other people know about this, that would be really appreciated. So much hard work and love has gone into creating the garden and we don't want to lose it.
The planning committee will also do a site visit to the Ashgate Rd carpark site at 1.15pm. If anyone can join a group of us who plan to have a silent protest outside that would be great.
Our plan is to turn our plot, a wasteland, which was previously part of the Westfield Allotment site on Ashgate Road (S40 4AA), into a very productive area where the town and community can benefit in a variety of sustainable ways.
Sadly, the officers within Chesterfield Borough Council's Planning Department have recommended for approval the planning application by William May Developments Ltd. of Beeston, Nottingham which effectively closes our only vehicle access to the Inspire Community Garden. This is disappointing, to say the least, but is not unexpected. A lot of people have objected to the planning application and if you are one of those people you will have received an email letter today stating that the Planning Committee will visit the site on Monday 10th December at 13:15 before the committee meets at 15:00 hours in a committee room at the Town Hall. The public is very welcome to attend this meeting!
The Trustees have decided to hold a meeting at 7pm at Monkey Park (Upstairs), Chester Street S40 1DN on Thursday 6th December to discuss exactly what we wish to do on the day of the Planning Committee visit and meeting. We invite you to join us to discuss our tactics?
Please come along and help us save our award winning community garden's future!
Latest News Update
The Ashgate Road Car Park is now owned and run by William May Developments Ltd. of Beeston, Nottingham and a Car Park ANPR system is now active in the car park with the threat of £100 penalty notices for using the Car Park and without payment in under 5 minutes. A few of the visitors and volunteers coming to the garden, but not all, have received penalty notices but have not and will not pay these as they have not parked in the Ashgate Road car park. The company operating the camera system, Premier Park Ltd. of Exeter, are well aware of the problem and we are in discussion with them..
Our concern is that this will undoubtedly put people off from coming to the garden and needs to be sorted out very soon.
The growing beds are being cleared and many are now growing various types of green manure to enrich the soil for next season. We are introducing at least one 'no dig' bed next season as part of our demonstration activities.
Construction activities have continued with the digging of footings for our new secure tool store and maintenance workshop facility once the uncertainty about our future is decided.
We are holding our third annual 'Tree Dressing Day' again on Sunday 2nd December(always the first Sunday in December) and we invite people to come along to make and display good things for the wildlife of our garden to help them during the winter period. This event is open to anyone, with young people particularly encouraged to attend. No booking is required, just please turn up on the day between 1pm and 3pm. Please see further information below.
Our Christmas Social eventis open to all friends and volunteers on the evening of Saturday 15th December, it will be a 'Bring and share' experience and we will require people to say that they are coming and the dish they are bringing. Further details, including the Chesterfield venue will be given when you book to come along!
We've decided to conclude our activities for the year 2018 on Sunday 23rd December with another social session at the garden between 10.30am and 1pm with minced pies, stollen, mulled wine etc. and merriment! Everyone is welcome to drop in! The garden will re-open on Sunday 6th January 2019 with the start of our preparations for the coming season.
Pre-Orders are rolling in for the annual 'Potato Day event' which takes place in an empty shop unit in The Pavements Shopping Centre on Saturday 26th January 2019. You have until 6th December 2018 to place your pre-order at discount prices.Please collect a leaflet from the Inspire Community Garden or at our website: www.potatoday.org.uk. Please see further information below.
We're doing our best to keep the garden and all it stands for in the community alive, we hope that the powers that be see fit to help us survive and continue to encourage the residents of the area to work together on this amazing community initiative.