The Kestrel has been absent fron Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve for some years now, but one was spotted hovering over the reserve today (May 4th 2019).
Kestrels are most easily distinguished by their typical hunting behaviour which is to hover at a height of around 10–20 metres over open country and swoop down on prey, usually small mammals, lizards or large insects
On 14 June 2018 Calor Gas Limited applied to the Worcester City Council planning department for planning permission to allow their new site to start trading in Trow Way on the Diglis trading estate, Application Number (P18D0262 ).
The threat of the Calor Gas containers exploding, potentially turning them into life threating missiles, means that the new site should have been granted planning permission under the “Health and Safety Executive”.
It was not granted planning permission under the “Health and Safety” critera instead it was granted using the “Town and Country Planning Act”
HSE is a statutory consultee under The Planning (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2015. Calor Gas Ltd made an application (WCC Ref P18D0001) to Worcester City Council (WCC) for Hazardous Substances Consent for land at Trow Way, Diglis, Trading Estate, WORCESTER. HSE would normally be consulted by Hazardous Substances/Local Planning Authorities through the route described in our HSE Land Use Planning (LUP) – Public Safety Advice web pages http://www.hse.gov.uk/landuseplanning/ & http://www.hse.gov.uk/landuseplanning/contact.htm . For reasons yet to be established HSE was consulted through HSE’s Local Birmingham Office, who did not recognise the significance of the application and responded (not objecting) directly to WCC. WCC granted the application, however it is noted that it has been granted under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and not the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990?
The danger of having a “Hazardious Substances” site on the doorsteps of the residents of Waverley Street is that they have to live with a constant threat of an explosion from the “Hazardious Substances” being stored there and the fear that an explosion could occur any time of day or night.
The Diglis.com team were made aware of this danger by local residents and have contacted Robin Walker MP, Cllr. Lynn Denham and others in a bid to obtain more clarity and to put right any underhand dealing that may have taken place with the contentious decision to allow Calor Gas to trade from this position, so near to residential properties.
Apart from the threat of an explosion, the residents have to live with the noise of containers being moved about from early morning to well after midnight. There is also the question of very bright floodlights shining into local residents windows keeping them awake at night. This light and noise pollution is unacceptable to the voters and taxpayers of the Diglis area. The Diglis.com team will campaign on behalf of the local residents for a satisfactory outcome.
The campaign by the Diglis.com team and local resident John Tandy to save the Waverley Street Skip seems to have paid off. Subject to the Worcester City Council application to the Environment Agency for a license. Although the skip was to reopen on the third of February, we await confirmation and will keep all updated.
The City Council, in their debatable wisdom, have closed the skip that was open on the 3rd Saturday of each month. The residents and others have found this amenity invaluable over the years and closing it down will no doubt have repercussions by the increased amount of fly tipping that will inevitably add to the already growing problem throughout Worcestershire.
The City Council have once before tried to close the skip, but pressure from residents and Cllr. Lynn Denham with other protesters, made them back down. Unfortunately the eye was taken off the ball when the Friends of Diglis Fields assumed the role of guardians for the fields including the skip area allowing the City Council to finally close it down.
There were promises that the skip area would be a small overflow car park for the Diglis fields but that on the third Saturday in the month the skip would continue. This promise seems to have been broken leaving the Diglis residents with nowhere to get rid of rubbish that cannot be taken by the usual refuse collectors.
It now seems that there is a review in progress following concerns about health and safety! Click here for the official version.
A few days ago a local resident and dog walker saw the illegal campers leaving Cherry Orchard Nature reserve with their tent and rucksacks, approx seven or eight of them. They were camped near Duck Brook; the others who were camped near the model train field seem to have gone also.
We will keep an eye out and if they return then we shall go through the whole procedure again; we shouldn’t have to put up with having our local Queen Elizabeth II protected reserve ruined by these people.