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Up there with the best, Lillington library has been listed!

Lillington Library has been given grade II listed status by the Heritage Minister, Tracey Crouch, on the advice of Historic England.

It is one 11831777_874793605933612_5791140485934650569_nof eight later 20th century libraries whose listing has been announced today, coinciding with the listing of the British Library at Grade I.

Christine Hodgetts writes “It is good to see good quality 20th century architecture recognised. So easy to despise the modern. The now Grade I British Library is a wonderful place to work, or just enjoy the ambience and the coffee. Ashamed to say I’ve never been in Lillington Library. They are going to get lots of sightseers now!”

 

Do you think that there are any 20th century Warwick buildings that should be listed?

Motorists woke up one mid-70s morning to find new one-way streets made direct crosstown journeys impossible by car. Forty years later Groningen boasts two-thirds of all trips made by bike … and the cleanest air of any big Dutch city.

How Groningen invented a cycling template for cities all over the world:

In Groningen, an impressive 61% of all trips are made by bicycle.

Traffic lights with rain sensors to give quicker priority to cyclists on wet days … Heated cycle paths so cyclists won’t slip during bouts of frost … This might sound like science fiction to you, but in the Dutch city of Groningen it will soon be everyday reality.

The inhabitants of this lively northern university city regard their homestead as the cycling capital of the Netherlands. They might very well be right: 61% of all trips in Groningen are made by bicycle, rising to more than 70% for trips made to educational institutions. Read more

 

The super short period of consultation is now coming to a close, but if you wish to comment on th Air Quality Action Plan there is still time. Warwick District Council say:
Whilst there is no statutory obligation to update an Action Plan, the council believes that there is a need to produce a new plan which better reflects current local and national challenges. The new draft Action Plan has been prepared in partnership with Warwickshire Public Health and the county council’s transport planners and we are now consulting widely on its contents. Any comments can be emailed to environment@warwickdc.gov.uk.
The closing date for comments is Friday 31st July 2015.


For more information and to comment have a look at
http://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/…/…/2896/air_quality_action_plan

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There is still time to book for the Gardens Evening on Friday 26 June, starting at the Unitarian Chapel, High Street, from 18.00.

We are very grateful that owners of some of Warwick’s most beautiful gardens will again open them for our evening promenade. We are privileged that the gardeners, some members of the Society, others not, will be giving us access to places which are usually private green havens in the built-up area.

At the start, you will be given an itinerary, and you can make your way around the gardens at your own pace.

The Garden’s close at 8.30 when a glass of wine is available in the Unitarian Chapel.

 

 

The new Local Plan has suffered a major setback. While we and many other bodies have criticised it for proposing many more new homes over the next 15 years than will be needed, the Inspector has reached the opposite conclusion. His appraisal of the land needed to meet needs in the next five years is even more of a shock.

The report which follows is based on one written by Richard Ashworth, the Chairman of the Leamington Society and a member of this Society. His Leamington Society colleague Geoffrey Renshaw, Ray Bullen of Bishops Tachbrook Parish Council, Mark Sullivan, representing the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and Dennis Crips all presented evidence to the Examination on behalf of their own and other bodies opposing the Plan. We are grateful to all of them for their efforts, unrecognised though they were in the Inspector’s conclusions.

The Courier of 12 June which carried a full report of the Council’s reaction also included a long and uncritical article on the Housebuilders Federation’s case for even more suburban sprawl. Where next?

Read more in our Special Newsletter July 2015

The inspector’s decision on the Local Plan Housing allocation is out! He declares it to be unsound – but not, as we argued, because it is too MANY houses but too FEW. Back to the drawing board, apparently.
A very dense read, and gloomy, too.

http://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/info/20410/new_local_plan/973/local_plan_examination

Friday 26 June

The Annual Warwick Society
Gardens Evening

starting at the Unitarian Chapel,
High Street, from 18.00

We are very grateful that owners of some of Warwick’s most beautiful gardens will again open them for our evening promenade. While the weather cannot be guaranteed, we can be sure that the gardens will be delightful. We are privileged that the gardeners, some members of the Society, others not, will be giving us access to places which are usually private green havens in the built-up area.

When you arrive at the Unitarian Chapel, you will be given an itinerary, and you can make your way around the gardens at your own pace. They will close at 20.30, when you return to the Unitarian Chapel for a drink, to compare notes on what you have seen, and to catch up with other members on their news.

Book in advance, for £4, or pay £5 on the evening. Whenever you decide to join in, your first glass of wine, or as much fruit juice as you wish, is included in the price.

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