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Oppose Pavilion Application at Planning Committee 4th November!

Posted by [email protected] on November 1, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (387)

The Spaceship is Landing!

Planning application to be decided next week

Next Tuesday, 4th November, is decision day when the planning application for improvements to the Royal Hotel and new commercial buildings on the car park next to the hotel is due to be considered.


We are encouraging as many people as possible to come along to the meeting.


Our concerns centre on the planned 'pavilion', next to the Hotel and facing the Bath Grounds (shown above).


We have no objections to the proposed improvements and extension of the Royal Hotel itself as these are long overdue and will enhance Ashby and the Conservation area.


However, the proposed 'pavilion' is a substantial two storey building, with a larger footprint than the hotel itself, located in the conservation area, overlooking the Bath Grounds and between a pair of grade II* listed buildings.

• The design is wholly inappropriate for this very sensitive area;

• It will impact the character of the area due to its scale, proportions and massing;

• It has an imposing frontage on to the Bath Grounds;

• Important views within the conservation area will be lost;

• The proposed uses are contrary to planning policy;

• Car parking spaces for users of the Bath Grounds will be lost.

We are also concerned about the impact of the overall proposal on the Hastings Garden, where parking is planned. Little reassurance has been given about continued access by the public and the impact on trees in the area.


The application will be considered by the District Council planning committee on Tuesday 4th November, at the council offices in Coalville starting at 4:30pm. It's first on the agenda so you won't need to be there for too long!


Thank you for your time and support. Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Footpath Project - Please Vote on the District Council Website

Posted by [email protected] on October 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (40)

Great new on Funidng!


We have just heard that our application for £20,000 towards funding for the Bath Grounds Footpath Project has been supported “in principle” by North West Leicestershire District Council.


However, this doesn’t mean that we are certain to win the funding. We now need you, and everyone you know, to prove that the Project commands a high level of support amongst the community.


To do this you need to vote for the “Area 5” Project on the council website. You can vote by following this link


You will have to register on the site and then place your vote. Although ours is the only Project submitted for Ashby you still need to vote for it so that we can prove to the Council that it’s well supported. And please only vote for our Project as its popularity will be judged against the number of votes for the other Projects.


Don’t worry if you don’t have your own email address. Just register using an address made up as follows: [email protected] We are assured that will work.


The closing date for voting is Sunday 9th November so please VOTE NOW.



Oakland Hotels Approves Plans for Footpath Project

Posted by [email protected] on September 26, 2014 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (14)

Many thanks to Oakland Hotels for approving the plans for our Bath Grounds Footpath Project. Their formal approval and consent were required as they hold the freehold of the Bath Grounds. Also we are most grateful to Ashby Town Council for requesting the approval as the Lease holder.All we have to do now is raise £45,000 to build the path.

Footpath Project Funding Bids Now Submitted

Posted by [email protected] on September 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (19)

We have now submiited a bid for £20,000 to the North West Leiciester District Coucil £20k for 7 scheme and are awaiting confirmation of eligibility. If everything is in order our Footpath Project will be placed on their website and the public invited to vote on it's merits against any other community projects which have been submitted for Ashby.

To get the money we will need to attain the most votes.

We'll keep you posted on progress and let you know details of how to Vote for the Project as soon as we hear.

If we are successful we will still need to raise another £25,000. So we have also submitted an "Expression of Interest" to the Biffa Awards scheme. This allocates money from the Landfill Communities Fund and was the reason why we have recently changed our Constitution. They will be letting us know shortly if they want us to submit a full funding bid.

Again, watch this space!

Footpath Project On-line Consultation Launched

Posted by [email protected] on August 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (133)

We have now launched an on-line public consultation about our Footpath Project. We need as many reposnses as possible to show potential funders that Ashby is enthusiastic about a new footpath around the Bath Grounds.

For full details of the Project and to take part in the consultation please go to the Projects page of this website.

Please Report Antisocial Behaviour on the Bath Grounds

Posted by [email protected] on July 15, 2014 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (108)

With the school holidays and long evenings upon us, we are seeing increasing levels of antisocial behaviour (ASB) on the Bath Grounds. This is intimidating to other Bath Grounds users and puts the Community off using the Bath Grounds for their legitimate pleasure and recreation. 

We reproduce below the text of a letter we sent this week to the District Council and the police regarding one such recent incident.

You can help enormously if you also report any incidents you witness. The more reports the police receive, the more they will have to take these issues seriously and increase their level of patrols through the grounds.

You can report incidents to the police at and to the District Council at If possible please ring the police at the time an ASB is occurring on 101.


"I would like to bring to your attention increasing concerns of local residents regarding antisocial behaviour on the Bath Grounds in Ashby De La Zouch.

There have been a number of incidents in the Bath Grounds concerning the drinking of alcohol and vandalism, especially directed at trees, over the last few weeks, especially at the south street entrance where benches are situated. These have been reported to the local Ashby Police and the Town Council by the Friends of the Bath Grounds Committee.

One of our committee lives at Rawdon Terrace and is getting increasingly intimidated by the gatherings around this area, as it is right on the other side of their fencing.

The most recent incident happened around 8pm on July 12th 2014.

A number of lads/girls aged between 16 and 25 years were sitting on these benches in the Bath Grounds drinking out of glass beer bottles - with a couple of boxes of bottled Budweiser on the benches.

As well as being loud and intimidating, they were also throwing bottles around causing them to smash.

One of our members also witnessed a girl urinating at the back of her fence gates and later discovered that this person had changed sanitary towelling and had left the dirty sanitary towel by her gate.

This morning discarded Budweiser boxes and discarded Budweiser bottles were found thrown onto the flower bed which is near the seating area – broken Budweiser bottles were found on the edge of the footpath near the benches.

Numerous empty cans of beer/ glass bottles have found on park over last few weeks and people have been seen drinking on park.

This situation has been escalating, and we are keen to see the police take positive action to ensure that the no alcohol policy on the Bath Grounds is effectively enforced."