Committee Meeting notes – 31st March

The following were discussed:

Matters to raise at the forthcoming meeting with the hospital authorities.- including the ‘temporary’ Pharmacy Building, on which there has already been one successful complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman, and which the hospital now wants to leave in place when planning permission expires this summer , the general dilapidation around it on the east side of Marlborough Hill, progress on reinstating the Woodland Walk and Bedford Place steps.

The gardens of 26-27 Somerset Street. The Committee was pleased that the new owners had made contact to explain their hopes and plans for this site, but we were unable to support their proposals, despite several positive aspects. Planning law is such that, if permission were granted for residential use, it would be hard to prevent a much less sympathetic future owner erecting a completely unsuitable building (such as the block of flats previously applied for). We decided, therefore to continue our support of the position set out in the City’s conservation policy for Kingsdown – that the garden is a valuable asset and should not be built on.

A small but significant matter is the City Council’s failure to remove or re-site a satellite dish on a house they own in Kingsdown Parade. Their position appears to be that they will take action against ordinary householders but can’t force themselves to comply with the rules. This odd interpretation cannot be left unchallenged and will be pursued with them.

BT has announced that it will remove all unlisted red telephone boxes, which would leave in place the one in Fremantle Square but NOT the one in St Matthew’s Road.

The Committee discussed several other matters, including the City Council Green Space Strategy and the English Heritage Review of Conservation Areas.

The next meeting is to be held on 8.00 p.m. Tuesday 28th  May at 22 Somerset Street. If there are matters you think should be discussed, please contact the secretary, John Frenkel: se*******@di*******.net or  23 Somerset Street.


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