The Borrowash Action Group’s primary aim is to act as an environmental watchdog for Borrowash and the surrounding area.
Our aims include the promotion of schemes to enhance the Village of Borrowash and the surrounding area alongside vigorously campaigning to prevent any detrimental development of the area including sand and gravel extraction.
FORMED IN 1986 BAG HAS HAD MANY SUCCESSES IN PROTECTING
THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT
1986, Banks of Chesterfield applied to extract sand and gravel from the old Spondon Power Station site to the south west of Borrowash.
Residents formed an action group “Borrowash Against Gravel” (BAG) to fight the proposals. Thousands of people signed a petition against this application; hundreds of residents attended several public meetings to express their overwhelming opposition.
Several coach loads of residents lobbied the Derbyshire County Council planning meeting.
The application was then turned down. However Banks continued with the application and a Public Enquiry was called. BAG raised funds to hire a solicitor and continued its campaign of opposition. Just before the enquiry was due to sit, Banks withdrew their application and BAG members celebrated with a victory dance ‘held in St Huges Catholic hall.
BAG lobbied Erewash Borough Council and persuaded council members to reject proposals to build a driving range, crazy golf course and miscellaneous buildings on Greenbelt Land to the west of the village.
BAG held a Public meeting to protest againt the Derbyshire Structure Plan.
Part of this Plan was the straightening of the junction of Victoria Avenue, Derby/Nottingham Road and Station Road. This would have meant increased traffic movement and speeds within the Village.
BAG’s actions convinced Derbyshire County Council that realignment of the junction should be removed from their Structure Plan
BAG objected to a proposal to rout the Derby Spur from the new A50 to the A52 at Borrowash, crossing Greenbelt land around Elvaston Castle and the Greenbelt wedge between Borrowash and Spondon.
Members gave evidence to the Public Inquiry held in Derby. The Government’s Inspector rejected the proposal and an alternative rout from the A50 to Derby was approved.
With the Closure of the G.I.C. factory, Erewash Borough Council put forward proposals to demolish the site and to build new homes (now the Redrow area). They also proposed to build on the magnificent GIC Sports Ground. BAG opposed these proposals they held a number of public meeting and lobbied Erewash Council meetings.
A government Inspector was appointed to head an Inquiry on the proposed development. BAG hired a solicitor to act on their behalf. A number of BAG members gave evidence to the inquiry with the result that the Inspector ruled that he would only allow the Sports Ground to be developed if an alternative sports ground was created in the Borrowash area.
This sports ground (named Derwent Fields) has now been opened at the southern end of the Village. Its first football match was held on 12th September 2004
BAG was instrumental in the fight to prevent housing development on Greenbelt Land between the Parish of Ockbrook & Borrowash and Spondon in the City of Derby.
Two BAG Members in their roll as Parish Councillors represented the Parish at the inquiry held in Derby. They gave evidence that convinced the Inspector to throw out the proposed development on the Greenbelt wedge, which separate the villages from the city.
Tarmac applied to Derbyshire County Council to extend Elvaston Quarry over a huge area to the South East of Borrowash. At the same time the Derby and Derbyshire Local Minerals Plan was published. Both the application by Tarmac and the minerals plan showed the same huge area for sand and gravel extraction. The proposal was close to Elvaston Castle and came right up to the River Derwent bordering the Village of Borrowash. Again there was huge resident opposition and BAG again swung into action. Petitions, Public meeting and Leaflet drops were undertaken. The action group staged two Exhibitions for residents, County Councillors and City Councillors to show the devastating effect the plan would have on Borrowash and its community. The plan as it stood was again turned down at a public inquiry and a scaled down plan has been included in the latest Derby and Derbyshire Minerals Plan.
The threat still remains and has yet it has not gone away.
BAG will continue to monitor the situation and will swing into action once the developers resubmits its application to extract Sand and Gravel in our area.
2004, BAG is currently in negotiation with Derbyshire County Council and Consultants acting for Morrisons Supermarket for the enhancement of the Borrowash Village Centre.
Our plans to improve the aesthetic appearance of Borrowash
village centre and to make it
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BAG has collected a great amount of evidence over the years, including photos and video and newspaper clippings.
These are available for members to view.