Hedging Your Bets For You

Hedges in the UK are currently protected under the Hedgerows Regulations 1997, removal can be granted by local authorities. But how aware are we and our council about the importance of hedgerows? Scientists have reported that in just seven days a 1-metre length of the well-managed dense hedge will mop up the same amount of… Continue reading Hedging Your Bets For You

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The Battle for Lodge Hill

I want to tell you a story which I am calling the “Battle for Lodge Hill”. This battle took place between the local authority, the MOD, Homes England, developers, the Government and the Local Plan. Lodge Hill was part of a military camp in Kent, built as part of ordnance depots across other camps in… Continue reading The Battle for Lodge Hill

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‘Have your say’ submission

at the Local Plan meeting in February 2021. The importance of Greenspace for mental health. As you’re aware Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide. The UK government’s strategy on loneliness recognises the importance of Greenspaces and links urbanisation with loneliness and decreased well-being. £2.1 billion per… Continue reading ‘Have your say’ submission

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A Rant by Nick Chilvers

MiddleWick has been included in the emerging Local Plan and soon to go forward for examination by planning Inspectors. If passed, the result will be to concrete over a lovely open space on the south-east of Colchester. It will cause the destruction of wildlife habitat and, with no jobs nearby, add lots more traffic from… Continue reading A Rant by Nick Chilvers

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The Current Situation

PIGGY IN THE MIDDLEWICK The problem is that the Wick has and will continue to become that political football the nearer to the May election we get. Counsellor David King pledging that the “feasibility study would be undertaken through the Local Plan and Environmental agency/ party cross working, and more and better consultation with what… Continue reading The Current Situation

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Save Our Wick, Save Our Wellbeing

During the long months of Covid 19 restrictions, many people have come to realise the real hidden value of the Middlewick Ranges (the “Wick”) in South Colchester: Having an uninterrupted view of the countryside in an urban setting, with magnificent sunsets and sunrises; flitting moths and butterflies; being able to breathe in the fresh air… Continue reading Save Our Wick, Save Our Wellbeing

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Colchester Hospital is under pressure

Colchester general hospital is the main hospital for Colchester and surrounding areas. Wait times for treatments are at an all-time high and development will only impact this problem (Maguire, D. 2020). The hospital has been subject to a vast increase in patients due to a large amount of development already undertaken. Colchester council states that… Continue reading Colchester Hospital is under pressure

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Limited access to the Wick likely after the land is developed

1,000 homes and the rest of the Middlewick will still be a training ground and there may be additional regulations put in about dog walking infringements. In the 1960s the town wasn’t gridlocked why? Fewer vehicles of course, then like today someone had a “Vision” Greenstead, Whitehall industrial est, Severals lane, Highwoods. Just a few… Continue reading Limited access to the Wick likely after the land is developed

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Well, it’s only 1000 homes

“ Middlewick Ranges is a really important part of Colchester, not only as an area which is enjoyed by many residents for walks but also the land has a deep history in Colchester with many residents. It’s also an area with a lot of wildlife. The MOD has chosen to sell the land, which is… Continue reading Well, it’s only 1000 homes

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Nature Quotes

I have chosen some quotes on nature and wellbeing that resonates with me and the Middlewick Ranges.  So many people in history have recognised the importance of nature and green spaces and the inspiration and therapy it gives to us.  Which quote do you like best?  Do you have a quote that you would add… Continue reading Nature Quotes