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A visit by the travelling police station.

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29 December 2007

 

The Primary School and War Memorial in School Road.

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A new footway has now been completed on the south side of School Road, next to the industrial area, as part of the original planning conditions.

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Keeper's Cottage, once a workhouse, I discover upon reading the village history pages, on the left. On the right are Pungford Cottages, an attractive marker for Perry Lane. In the centre is the Primary School.

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5 January 2008

 

   

 

The business park at Dove House is rapidly moving to completion, with the finishing touches going in - such as turfing the verge outside and now working on the roadway and car parking.

 

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The Airfield Group have started work on the area for their new museum, putting in new gates and clearing the land for the Nissen Hut. A small car park will be available for visitors.

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New hedging and a new build, on the site of 'Barnfield' in the corner of Wick Road and Park Lane, and one of seven sites put forward for development by owners.

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The Flakt Woods site is getting a new neighbour, by the look of the steelwork. On the right is a reminder of what the whole area once was ... but is now in danger of being obliterated by, of all things, flats on the outskirts of the town - see below.

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A churned up mess will become a residential development with a block of flats .. that will be visible from properties on Langham Lane, and Lodge Lane of course.

 

On a lighter note, the warning sign, using children's posters, is a hoot!

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We are becoming eco-friendly - but this aero-generator on the Severalls  industrial estate has been pointing the way for some time!

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22 January 2008

   
 

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The flooding this year has been limited, but does illustrate the role and shape of the flood plain. On the right-hand photo you can detect the levee slope of the River Stour, a bank of slightly higher land, built up by the river overflowing.

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18 February 2008

 

Contrasts in Langham; a pair of lorries getting tied up in School Road (and uncomfortably near the school and the new war memorial) and 'Serenity' in High Street ... being serene!

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New hedge plantings off Park Lane, and behind the properties in Moor Road, represent a promise by the owner to provide such a screen when the houses were offered land for garden extensions. On the right is the village sign at a quiet time of day.

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Footpath 49 has become overgrown with young withies blocking the route; now cleared away and providing a delightful short-cut to Birchfield Road. A rail for the bridge, which gets slippery in the wet, is in the offing.

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The footpath diversion to FP 26 was approved some time ago; it takes the walker around the new pond and along a break-of-slope, that provides much better footing in winter anyway! The stile approach need a little grit, which is on my list!

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A trio of  pieces of land offered for consideration by the Colchester's Local Development Forum (LDF). Above left is the newly-created paddock between Whitnell's industrial site and St Margaret's Cross, above centre is the land in the crook of the corner between Wick Road and Park Lane, and above right is the field between the Community Centre and Whitnell's.

 

The first three areas proposed were behind St Margaret's Cross, industrial land to the west of Gun Hill (and already having a similar use) and virtually the whole of the triangle (Chapel Road, Moor Road and High Street) not already built over!

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4 March 2008

 

In addition the land behind Wick Road, and opening onto Park Lane, is proposed as a Park-and-Ride to complete the second group of proposals. Above are photos of the opening into this land, and exit onto Park Lane. The proposals would have a new entrance to Langham, off the field, to the south. From the north the Birchfield flyover would be pressed into action. In the centre is a part of the field already sols off for garden, and now planted for hedging.

 

These offers of land for development are merely proposal, not yet studied by the planners, yet alone endorsed by them. However, the mere fact they are being asked for is a speed-up of the strategic planning process, so vigilance is the order of the day!

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1 March 2008

 

Spring daffodils illuminate the village sign.

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The Butterfly Hotel, and the uppermost part of the Ardleigh Reservoir, with the A12 running to its North West, and the site of the new business park to its right, in the photographs.

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The White House Farm site, like the hotel next door, is inside the Langham Parish boundary, and is being developed as a small business park, based upon a converted barn theme. So now Langham will have three business parks, all looking like converted barns!

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14 March 2008

 

 

 

The fine new Parish Council notice board, in the corner of the Recreation Ground, will soon be joined by a new gate, in similar materials. The old metal gate is rusting along its bottom side.

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An impromptu bike-jump in the field, left, with more diversions being 'planted' in the play area; in this case it is a 'Postman Pat' van. The Millennium Garden has matured nicely, and is a credit to its carers.

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The Airfield Memorial

     

 

The Airfield monument looks superb, dressed for Remembrance Sunday; it will soon be a worksite, as the new wall, complete with squadron plaques, will be built around the present plinth. There will be new flagpoles and the rest of the site will be given a makeover!

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28 Feb 2008

 

 

In weather that varied from sunny to dour, above, and even hail and sleet squally, the monument wall take shape. Here the foundations are ready for the bricklayers, after drilling through the concrete ... and very tough compacted sand!

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4 & 5 March 2008

 

 

 

 

The  wall covered up from the glacial weather the day before, centre, and the bricklayers working with some concentration; Andrew Mower, left, and Shaun Dale, right.

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The mass of the wall is now evident, as is the fact that it is double-skinned and has, built-in, the niches for the squadron plaques that are, I understand, really something special!

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14 March 2008

 

 

 

 

The Airfield Memorial has acquired coping stones for its brickwork, and the flagpoles have been installed

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27 March 2008

During atrocious weather (snow, hail, rain and lots of wind) the work went on, digging out the concrete for the new paved area.

 

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9 April 2008

 

 

 

 

 

The area of paving has been extended, and the paving replaced by attractive flags. The surrounds are now of superior stone, with a dropped kerb for wheelchair access.

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The new line of kerbing runs parallel to the road and extends well to the east of the old kerbed area. The whole area will present a much tidier aspect, as a result.

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