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ATHERSTONE is to have its own garden to remember the hatting industry and young people are needed to design it.

North Warwickshire Borough Council is working in partnership with Friends of Atherstone Heritage and local young people to redesign an area of grass on Meadow Street, Atherstone.

The Friends of Atherstone Heritage are submitting a bid for funding to the Heritage Lottery Fund to transform the Meadow Street Gardens into an ‘Outdoor Museum’ which will be a memorial to the hatting history of the town.

Once the garden is complete, it can be enjoyed by the community and it will also illustrate the heritage of the town.

Lorna Dirveiks from the ‘Friends of’ Group said:  “This will be a great project for the town and will honour a vital piece of Atherstone’s heritage. The garden will allow people to remember and tell an important story to those who are too young to recall and to tourists who are unaware of the industry for which Atherstone was famous.”

To plan and design the gardens, the Borough Council is looking for a small group of young people from the streets near to the gardens to help design the new Hatters Memorial Garden.

Anyone interested in joining in with this project must be aged 11-13 years and willing to attend two sessions at The Council House on the 23rd and 24th August, 10am – 4pm.

They will then need to meet up, as a group, at least once a month while the project is running – these dates will be agreed by the group. Spaces are limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis.

To get involved in this exciting project, please get in touch with the Community Development Team on 01827 719 306 or email communitydevelopment@northwarks.gov.uk


THE first planning applications for developments related to HS2 have been received by North Warwickshire Borough Council.

The High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Act 2017 granted a planning permission for the construction of the railway.

It is a condition of the planning permission that building works, and other construction works, can only take place following an application to the Local Planning Authority, known as a Schedule 17 application.

North Warwickshire Borough Council has begun to receive the first of these applications.

They propose the formation of new habitat to relocate protected species affected by the railway works in the Coleshill and Water Orton area.

You can view these applications by clicking ‘Search for HS2 applications and make comments‘.

The applications will give the Council an opportunity to consider a limited number of matters, such as those lised below, but only where the proposals are reasonably capable of being modified,

  • design and appearance
  • the effects on road safety or on the free flow of traffic in the local area
  • the preservation of a site of archaeological or historic interest
  • nature conservation value
  • local environment or local amenity

The Council may also identify that the development ought to, and could reasonably, be carried out elsewhere within the development’s permitted limits.

Search for HS2 applications and make comments

  • Click on ‘Search for HS2 applications and make comments’ below
  • Click on the Reference Number of the application you’re interested in
  • HS2 Application and associated documents will be displayed
  • To Comment Click on ‘Comment on Application’ button and complete as required

The applications do not present an opportunity for the Council to reconsider the principle of the development, but the public may see the proposals, and comment on them by following the instructions above  .

Search for HS2 applications and make comments

coventry and Warwickshire chamber of commerce

ATHERSTONE is to host a free event to help local businesses grow.

Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce will be holding a business support event at Atherstone Golf Club on Friday 7th July 8am – 10am.

This is an opportunity to find out how they can help your business grow with free one to one coaching and access to finance and grants.

The events will provide excellent networking opportunities and the chance to hear more about what is available in North Warwickshire.

This is a must attend event for those who are looking for:

  • Access to grant funding
  • Next steps for a start up business
  • Business growth advice
  • Developing a new marketing strategy
  • Effective networking

If you can join the event,  please follow this link to reserve your place https://www.cw-chamber.co.uk/events/north-warwickshire-networking-business-support-event/

Atherstone Golf Club can be found at Coleshill Road, Atherstone, CV9 2RL.

Police collision investigation unit

POLICE in Nuneaton are appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision that happened in the early hours of Saturday (1 July) on Vicarage Street.

The collision occurred just before 1am, near to the Nuneaton Justice Centre Police Station. It is believed that a brown Mercedes HGV was travelling from the A5, along the Leicester Road and onto Vicarage Street. It was here that the collision, involving a pedestrian, occurred.

Sadly the pedestrian, a man in his 70s, sustained life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The man’s next of kin have been informed.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision, to help them with their investigation.

Should you have any information, please contact Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident 30 of 1 July.

Our thoughts are with all persons involved in this tragic incident.

Cannabis at a property in Coleshill

FOLLOWING information received from intelligence, officers enforced a warrant yesterday morning (Wednesday 28 June) at a building on Coleshill Industrial Estate, Station Road.

 Two men were found in the property and were arrested after, what are suspected to be, over 200 cannabis plants thought to be worth a substantial amount of money were found within. Two cars were also seized from the location.

Further searches were made at three addresses outside of the Warwickshire area, where items and a further three vehicles were seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The warrant involved North Warwickshire Safer Neighbourhoods Team pooling resources from their Nuneaton colleagues. After the discovery of the suspected sophisticated cannabis farm, detectives from Nuneaton attended and took over the investigation due to the scale.

This forms part of a wider focus on tackling drug dealers and drug use in the North Warwickshire area, and the negative impact this has on the local community.

PC Chris Bell said: “This was a successful warrant based on intelligence provided to Police. On the day it was fantastic teamwork from all involved contributing to some excellent evidence gathering, which resulted in further seizures of property linked to the warrant.

“We would like to remind people that North Warwickshire is not a safe haven for travelling criminals, we are keen to tackle anyone who commits offences on our area”.

Some of the cannabis inside the property

Some of the cannabis inside the property. Credit: Warwickshire Police

A 32-year-old man from Birmingham, a 35-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, both from Solihull, have all been arrested and released under investigation on suspicion of production of a controlled drug.

If you have information or any suspicions about drugs related activity in your community, officers urge you to call Warwickshire Police on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police collision investigation unit

WARWICKSHIRE Police is seeking witnesses to a fatal collision that happened on Monday (26 June) along the Queens Road traffic light junction towards the A444 Coton Road, Nuneaton.

The collision occurred at around 11:45 pm and involved a white Yamaha motorcycle which is believed to have been in convoy with a silver Mitsubishi Galant.

A 25-year-old man received serious injuries and was taken to hospital where he was sadly later pronounced dead.

Officers investigating the collision would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who may have seen the manner in which the vehicles were being driven prior to the collision.

A 29-year-old man from Nuneaton has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released under investigation at this time.

Should you have any information, please contact police urgently on 101, quoting incident number 495 of 26 June.

A 28-year-old man and 19-year-old woman have been charged following the death of a woman in Nuneaton over the weekend.

The body of 27-year-old Dionne Clark from Nuneaton was discovered at a house on Cornish Close on Saturday 17 June.

Dominic Wallis, aged 28 and Elizabeth Ellis, aged 19 both of Nuneaton in Warwickshire have been charged with murder and false imprisonment.

They then appeared at Leamington Magistrates’ Court, at 10am yesterda (Thursday 29).

The 54-year-old man and 58-year-old woman from Nuneaton, arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, have been released under investigation.

Detective Inspector Anna Middleton of the Major Investigations Unit for Warwickshire Police, said: “I would like to thank the public and the local community for their response and support of our ongoing investigation.”

Kingsbury water park damage

A COMMUNITY wetland area at Kingsbury Water Park, which has seen significant investment through the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme over the last year, has been vandalised for a third time in as many weeks.

On Monday evening (19th June) half out of the 10 bespoke willow screens that make up the viewing platform at the Country Park were ‘kicked in’, leaving significant damage to the structure.

The same activity occurred last Thursday evening (15th June). According to reports, a large group of children on bikes were seen damaging the screens at approximately 5:40pm.

Park Rangers and staff from the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme (TVWLPS) repaired the damage prior to the weekend. Bicycle tyre tracks were found on the viewing platform after the incident took place.

Tracey Doherty, TVWLPS Wetland Landscape Officer said “I am very saddened to see this behaviour. The partnership and local volunteers have worked very hard to deliver a great community space, which allows people to get closer to nature, incorporating a viewing platform that can be used for outdoor education by the local schools.

“We have spent approximately £15,000 installing both the viewing platform and the pond dipping platform and 1,200 hours of time has been given by volunteers. The damage is such a shame for everyone who appreciates and enjoys spending time outside in the area.”

Community consultation showed overwhelming support for the project and the creation of the viewing platform.

The damage has come just three weeks after two bespoke sand martin willow sculptures were stolen from the site. These were concreted into the ground and installed on an island for safety.

The Community Wetland project itself cost £110,000 and was funded through Biffa Award, the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Howard Victor Skan Charitable Trust and the Environment Agency.

It was led by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Warwickshire County Council, working together in partnership as part of a series of landscape improvement projects being delivered through the Heritage Lottery Funded Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme.

The 6 hectare wetland has been transformed from disused waterlogged football pitches and restored to its original function as the floodplain of the River Tame. It now consists of new water channels, scrapes, ditches and reedbed, helping to restore floodplain connectivity.

Along with the viewing and pond dipping platforms and willow sculptures, new benches and interpretation panels
have been installed. A sand martin bank has also been constructed in order to provide a vital safe nesting site for this species of bird, and can be viewed safely from the viewing platform.

This project is part of the Tame Valley Wetlands – a landscape partnership scheme supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, aiming to create a wetland landscape, rich in wildlife and accessible to all.

The Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership is led by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with a wide variety of organisations including charities, local groups, statutory bodies and councils.

The Tame Valley Wetlands’ team and Park Rangers from Kingsbury Water Park are now urging people to keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour in the area. They would also like the community to get in touch if they see anything, or if they know who might have carried out the damage, by calling the Police on 101 or the Tame Valley Wetlands LPS office on 01675 470 917 or by
emailing enquiries@tamevalleywetlands.co.uk.

You can find out more about the Tame Valley Wetlands – the landscape and partnership, as well as free events and training at www.tamevalleywetlands.co.uk.

Police are appealing for information after a woman’s body was found in a house on Cornish Close, Nuneaton on Saturday (17 June) night.

Dionne Clarke

Dionne Clarke

The body of 27-year-old Dionne Clark from Nuneaton was discovered at the house on Saturday. Paramedics attended but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

At this stage police are treating the death as unexplained and are carrying out enquiries to establish exactly what occurred. An initial post mortem was inconclusive and further tests are being carried out to establish a cause of death.

A 19-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man, both from Nuneaton, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and perverting the course of justice in connection with death. They currently remain in police custody.

A 33-year-old woman from Nuneaton arrested on suspicion of murder has been released under investigation.

Following further enquires; a 54-year-old man and 58-year-old woman from Nuneaton have also been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and remain in police custody.

Detective Inspector Anna Middleton of the Major Investigations Unit, said: “We are also appealing to anyone who may have found the deceased’s phone, a Samsung Galaxy, which may have been discarded near to the rocks at Manor Court School.

“If anyone has any information that could help police with their enquiries they should call 101 and quote incident 492 of 17 June 2017. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org”

At Tamworth Informed, our thoughts are with all involved in this incident, particularly the friends and family of Dionne.

Police car bonnet

A TEENAGE boy who was arrested at a school in Nuneaton yesterday has been charged by the Police with a number of offences.

Theboy from Nuneaton has been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of ammunition with intention to endanger life and possession of an article with a blade on school premises following an incident at a school in Nuneaton yesterday.

 The incident occurred at Higham Lane School on Shanklin Drive, Nuneaton.

Police were called to the incident at the school yesterday (Tuesday 13 June) at 9.15am where the boy was arrested and a firearm and ammunition seized. He was also later found to be in possession of a pocket knife.

The boy has been detained and will appear at Warwickshire Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday 14 June).

Superintendent David Gardner said yesterday: “We responded promptly and the boy was quickly isolated and the incident contained to ensure there was no risk to pupils and staff.

“We have seized a shotgun and ammunition.

“The initial report was received from the suspect himself and he was cooperative with police throughout. Officers were on the scene quickly and he was placed under arrest.

“I would like to thank staff and pupils at the school for their assistance while we managed this incident. Officers will be at the school for the rest of the day to provide reassurance.

“We will now carry out enquiries to establish exactly what happened and address any issues around the firearm.”

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