Peter Chitty

We note with great sadness the recent death of Lt-Col Peter Chitty, who played such a significant role in the Lymington Society.

Peter was a long standing and valued member of the Society, undertaking many pivotal and important roles, latterly as President. His enthusiasm and commitment to the Society were responsible for many of our achievements, and significantly enhanced our influence and standing in the community. He personally encouraged many of our membership to join the Society, and he will be fondly remembered by us all. We send our warmest wishes to his family, and especially to his wife Penny

John Noote Exhibition of World War ll Art at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

For the fourth meeting in the Lymington Society Social Programme for 2017 to 2018 – held on the 23rd of January, Society members were very pleased to be able to return to St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery for a Private View of the current exhibition of World War II art.

Following the normal Society meeting format of a short Drinks Reception, where members could chat over refreshment, the Private View and talk was conducted by St Barbe Exhibitions Curator Steve Marshall, who is well known to Society members from his many excellent presentations to members over the years.

The exhibition seen features an amazing collection of art collected over many years by successful art dealer John Noote. John was 7 years old when war broke out in 1939. Later in life as a successful art dealer he began to collect art made during the war.

The collection now includes over 100 paintings, prints and posters by famous and lesser known artists including Felix Topolski, and Eduardo Paolozzi.In this remarkable exhibition you will find rarely seen portrayals of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, life on the Home Front, the war at sea and in the air, the battlefronts in Africa, Europe and the Far East and the aftermath of this global tragedy.
Speaking about his collection he said:

I dont think I ever made a specific decision to collect, it just became what I did alongside the rest of my business, trawling auction catalogues, asking other dealers to look for suitable works on my behalf, I gradually realised that I had a collection which might not only be of interest to others, but could also be educational.

As member have come to expect, Steve Marshall – who curated the exhibition – gave a stimulating and captivating glimpse into the world depicted in the wide-ranging collection of the images on display.

As members were taken round the exhibition by Steve, he shared with them fascinating facts about the many different types of images in front of them, answered many questions and really illuminated the exhibition for the large number of Society members present.

The Lymington Society actively works locally as a planning watchdog and amenity society, representing the views of local members and residents in the town on important issues. It also organises an exciting programme of social events including talks, Christmas Drinks Party and Summer Garden Party for its members.

22nd March – AGM 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm

It’s time once again for the Society’s Annual General Meeting.

We are in the Mc Clellan Room at the Lymington Centre

This is the chance for members to hear what the Committee has been up to in the last year, and to have a say in the running of your Society.

Refreshments of Wine, Soft Drinks and Nibbles will be served from 6.30pm with the meeting starting at 7.00pm.

The business meeting will be followed by a talk from Nick Saunders, a local historian, about the Special Operations Executive in WW2 and the training of agents at Beaulieu

 

Lymington Society Approaches MP Desmond Swayne For Help with Ongoing Redrow Bridge Delays

The Lymington Society has had a meeting with Desmond Swayne, MP for the New Forest West constituency, which includes Lymington, to ask for his help with the seemingly everlasting delay in completing the railway bridge linking the Redrow Lymington Shores site into the town at the railway station and completing the many other community facilities originally promised, including the riverside walk

This follows confirmation from a representative of South Western Railway, at a meeting held in the town last week, that the latest plans produced by Redrow for the bridge are still not acceptable and that Redrow will have to go back to the drawing board before further progress can be made.

Almost 6 years since the original planning permission for the site was given, we still appear to be many months away from a resolution which will allow the bridge to go ahead, despite an extension given by the NFDC planners of almost a year which allowed Redrow to delay construction of the bridge until they had sold 125 units.  This target is apparently almost in reach and it seems likely that once again the NFDC are considering granting Redrow yet more time to get the work done with no start date in view.

The remaining issues appear to be:

  • the layout of the car parking spaces in the station to facilitate the repositioning of the bike rack away from the construction area for the bridge and to allow for the wider spaces now required for public car parking.
  • the insistence by Hampshire County Council that the pedestrian bridge and the disabled lift bridge are separate so that the council does not become responsible for the upkeep of the more complicated lift facilities.

The Society is also concerned that this unique opportunity to reorganise the car parking at the station is also takes into account the desirability of radically improving the bus service to and from the station with the aim of creating a real transport hub for the town. If this means fewer car parking spaces on the station forecourt, with Redrow donating spaces on the Lymington Shores site instead, then that would be a good result for the town and for local bus users who currently are poorly served by the new arrangements made following the closure of the bus station in the centre of town.

Speaking after the meeting this Saturday with Desmond Swayne, which took place at the station in Lymington, Lymington Society Press Spokesman Don Mackenzie said:

It really is ridiculous that almost 6 years after outline permission was given for a development which included a vital bridge needed to link the development into the town, we appear to be no nearer to Redrow even applying for planning permission for the bridge

Despite assurances from Redrow that they are now giving this their full attention and that they expect to have designs available for inspection within the next couple of months, following which they will apply for permission, we are tempted to say we have heard this all before.

From comments made by representatives of South Western Railway at a public meeting in the town last week, it would seem that the current plans are still not acceptable and have not yet been agreed by the train company, or signed off by the national rail safety regulators

We have asked Mr Swayne to kindly use his good offices to try and bang heads together to get this important link designed, approved, and built without further delay.

We also hope that if major changes are to be made to the parking at the station, the needs of bus users are also taken into account to allow the development of a better bus service from the station and the development of a true transport hub

Social Evening on Tuesday Jan 23rd

Don’t miss the next Lymington Society social (and educational) event at the St Barbe museum

Art of World War II – John Noott Collection

Steve Marshall has kindly agreed to give members a private viewing of this remarkable exhibition.

Here you will see and hear about the art that defines The Battle of Britain, the Blitz and Life on the Home Front during World War Two.

This collection includes over 100 paintings, prints and posters by artists including Montague Dawson, Edward Bawden and Felix Toploski.

Steve’s talks are always well received by our members so if you have not been to a talk before then do come along, enjoy a glass of wine and widen your knowledge of this subject.

St Barbe Museum, New Street 6:00 pm Tickets £5.00 from Clive Sutton Solicitors, 3 The Old Printworks, 85b High St, Lymington SO41 9AN or on the door

Society urges NFDC to get tough with Redrow

Apologies, members, that this should have been posted in November when it was hot of the press. It’s still important though, so here it is:

Lymington Society Urges the NFDC To Get Tough with Redrow Over Construction Of Bridge Linking To The Railway Station and Delivery Of The Community Benefits On The Site

The Lymington Society has today announced that the Chairman of the Society, Mr. Clive Sutton has recently written to the New Forest District Council Planning Officers calling for them to take a much tougher line with Redrow over their failure to complete the pedestrian bridge and lift linking the development to the railway station sooner and their failure to complete the wide range of community facilities and benefits originally promised for the development.

The construction of the Redrow site has been extremely protracted with very slow progress being made for several years. This has resulted in a far longer delay than originally anticipated in reaching the original target of 75 sales on the site and the subsequent construction of the bridge linking the site to the town

To the dismay of the Society and of residents living on the site, who were promised construction of the bridge a long time ago, the NFDC agreed earlier this year to give Redrow even longer to complete the bridge and lift due to apparent difficulties in negotiating with the rail authorities.

In addition, the Society is concerned that five years after planning permission was granted, there are no signs that the wider community benefits promised at the time of the original application such as the riverside walk and the “Cultural Quarter” have been delivered.

Speaking about the letter from the Society sent to the NFDC Planners, Don Mackenzie Press Spokesman said:

 It is extremely disappointing that five years after the planning permission was granted for this major development, there is no sign that the promised bridge linking the site to the town has been started let alone “substantially completed” which the company promised would be the case by the time that the company had sold 125 units

 Now that the company, according to its own advertising, has reached the sales target of 70% of the dwellings on the site sold some time ago, it is clear that the target of 125 sold units must be fast approaching.

 Early residents on the site, who were originally sold premises on the site on the basis that a bridge would be built no later than the occupation of the 75th dwelling, have been badly let down by the developers and have complained to the Society about this.

 So far there appeared to be no preparations being made for work to start on the bridge and we now urge the NFDC to ensure that they urgently look to enforce the’ “schedule of variation” which they agreed with Redrow in May this year, which stated that the bridge and the lift had to be “substantially completed no later than the occupation of the 125th Open Market Dwelling.

  Bearing in mind that the planning permission for this site was originally given in 2012, it is surely unacceptable that Redrow had not pursued the negotiations with the rail authorities with sufficient vigor in order to come to an agreement to build the bridge and lift much sooner.

  We would urge the NFDC to ensure that they monitor Redrow’s sales targets and negotiations with the railway authorities, to ensure that they comply with their obligation to have “substantially completed” the construction of the footbridge and the lift in accordance with the revised agreement as soon as possible

 We also urge the NFDC to urgently ensure that other conditions related to the Redrow site which are of benefit to the community are now completed.

 The community was originally promised in the developers “Community Involvement Summary”, a wide range of community benefits with the aim of creating a “Cultural Quarter” and the site becoming a “destination” site with a gallery, retail units and a high-quality restaurant. Also included was a riverside walk, a playground, and a large amount of public open space.

 The Society urges the NFDC to ensure that these community benefits are now delivered without further delay. The extremely protracted pace of the work of the site had delayed the completion of facilities that the residents of the site and the wider community should have been enjoying a long time ago.

 Finally, the Master Landscaping Plan shows considerable planning of trees and shrubs to the whole site, including the side of the site facing the town and the railway station. As yet, the Society sees little evidence of this planting on this aspect of the site with the large plant holders on the walkway above the car park and facing the town, remaining largely unplanted and neglected despite people having moved into these units for over a year.

 Planting of some mature trees on this level could go a long way to soften this aspect of the site which is the least attractive side of the whole development and which dominates the appearance of the development from the town.

 The Society requests that the NFDC use whatever enforcement powers that they have to ensure that these many aspects of the management of the completion of the site is given the greatest priority with the urgent aim of delivering the bridge and the many promised community benefits, which some 5 years after planning permission was given and after four years of construction, are still not being delivered.