Welcome to Alphington Village Forum

This web site was set up by residents concerned about proposed developments south of Alphington Village.


---- September 11, 2016

Hello all Forum members and interested parties. The AVF committee hopes that you had an enjoyable summer holiday. The AVF committee still meets once a month and keeps an eye on developments. Please see the Correspondence page for our correspondence with various bodies. Also please keep an eye on the twitter feed which has up-to-the-minute information.

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Report on AGM and open meeting

---- June 11, 2016

AVF held its AGM and open meeting last Tuesday 7th June. There was a good turn-out, with quite a few new faces. After the AGM when the current committee was re-elected, and new members Jim Masters and John Harvey nominated and seconded, there were speeches by Lynn Wetenhall of CWEST and Diana Moore. Lynn gave an impassioned plea for DCC, ECC and Teignbridge to work together on a revised and forward thinking transport strategy, and Diana described the work of Exeter Community Forum which is responsible for allocating funds from developments  to communities. Retired councillor Margaret Clark commented on the possible effect of the new Housing Bill. The effect of the Bill as it stands would be to reduce new social and affordable housing, which could have severe consequences young people in Exeter. AVF is supporting CWEST in seeking a new transport strategy as transport and traffic will be a major issue for us in Alphington. We would like to get ideas to kick off the public discussion, so please contact AVF via the website contact form or email...

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Letter from Chairman

---- May 31, 2016

Dear Members                                             1 June 2016 It is vitally important that you are aware of what is happening to our village in the near future when 2,500 new homes are built between here and Exminster. Apart from the destruction of the most beautiful landscape and many arable fields, there will be even more chaos on our roads, which are already seriously congested and polluted. This will be a disaster for both Alphington and our city, yet none of the three local authorities involved seem to be looking clearly into the future nor to be working together to provide the best possible solution to the huge transport problems that will undoubtedly be caused by this massive development. Half of this new South West Exeter development will be on our side of the A379 and yet this part will have virtually no community facilities provided and no new infrastructure, as all the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money that developers have to pay to Teignbridge District Council (TDC) will go to Exminster as much of the land lies within their Parish. We will benefit from some CIL money from Exeter City Council (ECC) as approx 350 houses will be built in our village, but this will probably be spent on repairing or renovating our present facilities such as the village hall, sports centre and the 1940s’ scout hall, so nothing will be left over to create new community facilities. As you probably know we have a petition with over 500 names asking Teignbridge for more green space and a primary school on the field south of Markham Lane, but now we also need to fight the proposal put forward by Bovis Homes to have a bus crossing over Markham Lane from the ECC development to the TDC one on the other side. The Forum worked for many months with ECC to create a Development Brief for Alphington and in this is a statement that requested the developers to ensure that this precious lane would be preserved and made into a safe pedestrian and cycle track for the use of residents, which would seem to be incompatible with a bus crossing. I really appeal to you to come to our Open Meeting on 7 June if you possibly can, as you will be able to see the ECC and TDC outline plans and take part in a discussion on the lack of cohesive transport planning for South West Exeter, as well as the CIL situation. Your valued attendance or response is essential as TDC will be considering the outline plans submitted by Bovis, the main developer, at the end of June. If you care about your quality of life and that of your future neighbours, then please come, or at least submit your comments as soon as possible on the SWE1 website:   http://gis.teignbridge.gov.uk/TeignbridgePlanningOnline/Results.aspx?Type=Application&Refval=15/00708/MAJ Yours sincerely Juliet Meadowcroft AVF...

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Annual General Meeting

---- May 24, 2016

Alphington Village Forum will hold its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 7th June between 7 and 9 pm, in Alphington village hall. This will be an OPEN MEETING TO RE-ELECT COMMITTEE AND REVIEW THE PAST YEAR’S ACHIEVEMENTS. ALSO TO DISPLAY PLANS OF FUTURE SW EXETER DEVELOPMENT. All residents of Alphington and nearby villages are welcome to attend.

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Alphington walks

---- April 14, 2016

A photograph of the Thursday walking group has been added to the Alphington walks page, (http://www.alphingtonforum.co.uk/alphington/alphington-walks) together with some descriptions of walks.  

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