BalsallCom.Com – serving Balsall Common & Berkswell since 2004
Author: Craig Burgess
Craig Burgess is one of the original founding members of BalsallCom.Com who lives in Balsall Common. Once a keen cricketer and active Committee member at Berkswell Cricket Club, Craig also committed 5 years service to delivering the Balsall Common Festival to the community, including two as Chairman (2014-15).
Craig is also the founder of Balsall Buzz - the Marketing Consultancy that also promotes the best of Balsall Common and surrounding areas.
Campaigners against proposals to develop land opposite Berkswell Windmill say it could threaten its’ future as a working mill:
“Dense building in the vicinity of the Mill will interfere with the wind flow and the sails will not turn.” explained Jeanette on behalf of campaigners.
“Further, the Mill is a local, regional and national heritage asset and should not be surrounded by dense housing. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) would be contravened as such building would cause harm to a heritage asset.”
Solihull Council’s Consultation on development on Brownfield Sites concludes on Wednesday 14th February 2018 and campaigners are hopeful that residents will air their views.
In an appeal to local residents a spokesperson for the campaign says:
“Please help to save the Berkswell Windmill and stop 230 flats and houses being built in the fields opposite the Mill.”
Campaigners have compiled a list of their suggested answers to specific questions on the survey which they feel could help protect the future of the Mill as follows:
Q1 – No. Object to inclusion of BLR/018
Q2 – Yes. BLR/018 does not comply with the Town and Country Planning Regulations 2017 (Brownfield Land Register) in terms of “Suitability”. Regulation 4 requires that regard be given to “any adverse impact on the local built environment, including in particular on heritage assets”.
The grade 2* Berkswell Windmill, directly opposite Windmill House, has not been considered by SMBC in making this assessment. Development of this PDL site will cause harm to the setting, and indeed operation of this unique designated heritage asset, acknowledged by SMBC officers as “the best tower mill in the West Midlands”. This contravenes NPPF para. 132
Q3 – No
Q4 – No
They say they would be grateful to any residents that would be complete the Council’s Survey by clicking the following link:
The Railway Inn is all set to play host to a Quiz Night fundraiser for Andy Frost, the designer, builder and driver of Redvictor 3, the road-legal remodelled Vauxhall Victor he’s rebuilding to reclaim the 1/4 mile world record he and his car have held before. The General Knowledge Quiz Night on Thursday 15th February 2018 is also set to include a Question and Answer session with the man himself, as well as food during the interval:
Redvictor Quiz Night Information
Venue: The Railway Inn, Station Road, Balsall Common, CV7 7EF
Date: Thursday 15 February 2018
Quiz: General Knowledge, Teams of 4 persons, £5 entry per person
Quiz Master: John Milne
Special Guest: Andy Frost, designer-builder and driver of Redvictor 3
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Peppercorn Wholefoods have been trading at The Jubilee community space in Balsall Common for 10 years, unbeknownst to the majority of locals.
The business – which specialises in dried fruit, nuts, seeds, cereals, herbs and spices – is run by Nicky and Sue from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm most Fridays:
“We’re here every Friday, except for the third one every month and we obviously like to support the centre having been trading here for a decade,” explains Peppercorn’s Sue Marsh:
“We found the Jubilee through a Greenfest event we did at St Peter’s Church. The vicar there recommended we take a look at the Jubilee Centre. That was going back 10 years. We booked our slot and we’ve been here ever since.”
When they are not trading at The Jubilee, Peppercorn Wholefoods can be found at Southam Market on Tuesdays and Kenilworth Market every Thursday.
Nicky and Sue are willing to arrange deliveries for Balsall Common residents on request.
Peppercorn Wholefoods at The Jubilee
Days: Fridays (except for the third Friday of every month)
Times: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address: The Jubilee (to the rear of HSBC Bank), Station Road, Balsall Common
T: 02476 231932
M: 07908 115232
The recently refurbished Jubilee community space is available for hire to members of the community.