Thanks to Marc Coton for this pic of a deer taking advantage of the newly quiet Langaton Lane by Pinhoe’s Community Field.
As young bucks are dispersing to explore new territory at this time of year, the community field could be a valuable wildlife connection to the Minerva Country Park – just across the road.
Here’s the link to new consultation on the proposal for a Clyst Valley Trail which will connect Westclyst to the Exe Valley Trail, taking the walk all the way to Exmouth – please take a look. Wouldn’t it be great to create some routes to connect Pinhoe! As well as connecting Langaton Lane, how about the connection from Park Lane to Westclyst, which would also connect our historic Pinhoe Ridgeline and all the wildlife in Higher Field.
On 18th March contractors for Network Rail began taking out the bramble hedge along the Exeter platform of Pinhoe Station. Despite contact from residents concerned about the removal of wildlife habitat during nesting season, Network Rail confirmed they had urgent safety concerns about the site:
“The section is next to a children’s park and the fencing required renewal, as it was felt it was not safe enough to stop children from getting onto the railway. While erecting the fence it was found we would need to do some vegetation clearance to erect the fence. At this present time, there are no plans to re-plant any trees as it is believed that in six to twelve months the site will have grown a substantial amount of vegetation in the area”
Network Rail stated that work completed at the station was a fencing renewal which had been “arranged and approved by Exeter Council” and Pinhoe’s councillors confirmed they had known about the removal ‘a couple of weeks’ before. Despite substantial impact on both wildlife and the landscape setting of the park, councillors emphasised that there was “nothing they could do” as this land is owned and managed by Network Rail. In response to questions about whether safety concerns could have been addressed when the play park was redeveloped at a cost of £120k, Cllr David Harvey stated that: “Exeter City Council had no safety concerns when the play park was refurbished” and underlined that council officers inspect fencing and equipment ‘on a regular basis’.
Having requested a copy of the site survey undertaken, our Freedom of Information (FOI) request was acknowledged on 5th April and Network Rail have confirmed they will respond by 6th May (at the latest).
No information has been forthcoming regarding the landscape setting of the proposed Community Hub building adjacent to this site and it remains unclear whether Network Rail is coordinating with the group to mitigate concerns about wildlife habitat. In response to local concern, Pinhoe’s councillors posted the following statement:
“ECC can only negotiate terms relating to the reinstatement of damage, and or safety conditions surrounding access or egress…In this case, ECC asked Network Rail to reinstate the fence line that they have taken down and put in place safety provisions enabling residents to continue to use the play area during construction. This however is the extent of the anticipated impact on ECC land and the most we can request of Network Rail”
Meanwhile, what was once a thriving habitat for birds and wildlife alongside the children’s play park has been reduced to an eyesore attracting litter – including waste left behind by the contractors themselves.
Information received regarding Network Rail’s site survey will be shared here as soon as receivedfollowing our FOI request
Please help to protect Pinhoe’s Higher Field for generations to come
A new appeal has been lodged by the developers who want to build on Higher Field. After the Council’s decision to protect the field as an important landscape feature of the Northern Hills, we must yet again rise to its defence.
Only 161 people in the whole of Exeter responded to the Local Plan We want to SMASH that total and show how much we care in Pinhoe! TWO THOUSAND people signed our petition, but the Council asked for quantitative data – for people to respond in ways they could measure. So we designed the threewords survey with a specialist data science team from the University of Exeter, the Environmental Futures and Data Impact Lab and Exeter City Futures, to answer that question.
Providing Exeter City Council with this information will support their decisions to protect the Northern Hills – none of us can do it without you, please make your mark
There are special prizes for young people who join in because their voices are so important for all our futures. We’ll also deliver surveys if you can’t make it to the Little House and would prefer to write your three words on paper
Thanks to IKEA and the National Lottery Community Fund, we’ve been working on a project to help people speak up about the trees and green spaces that are dear to them.
After several months working with geographers at the University of Exeter, Gill Baker from Exeter Greenspaces Group (EGG) handed the project over to Pinhoe at the beginning of the year. Since then, it’s been incredibly inspiring to work with the brilliant Art and Energy Collective and their creative direction culminated in our recent event at America Hall.
We spent the afternoon chatting with local residents, marking out the new Pinhoe map with special places and precious trees. Using leaf templates, we cut leaves from fabric squares which are being sewn onto a banner by Catherine West at Significant Seams.
Due to the rise in Covid cases, we limited numbers on the day but we were able to serve our famous afternoon teas for everyone who came along – and even delivered some! Huge thanks to Maria and Steve.
To make YOUR leaf, please contact us for a special kit which includes fabric and templates along with a survey to share your THREE WORDS: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the other side of Higher Field, water streamed down into Westclyst developments: “Our garden flooded and nearly flooded our garage, we had to dig it out on Christmas Day. We are Hillside Gardens. We have the new Redrow builds just above us too and I guess it all runs down the same way, so with all the new builds combined it’s just a nightmare!”
Meanwhile water flooded further down Church Hill onto the double roundabouts, overwhelming and breaking up the drain by Pinhoe Garage and streaming down Station Road. Gullies flooded by Pinhoe Library, blocking the path to Mayfield Road at the bottom of Library Fields. Thanks to Gemma Rolstone for the photos below >
Causey Lane was “like a river” (as so often happens in heavy rain) but look at Pinn Brook >
Blockages downstream >
Many thanks to everyone who posted photos on the Pinhoe Village Facebook page. Documentary evidence helps to build a picture for broader discussions across agencies and planning authorities.