Annual Parish Assembly 2023

All Parish Councils in England are required by law to hold an Annual Parish Meeting between March 1 and June 30 each year.

This year the Annual Parish Meeting for Keresley Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 18th April at Keresley Community Library.

This is NOT a Parish Council meeting, but will give the Council an opportunity to report what it has accomplished in the preceding year and what it has planned for next year.

Election Year
2023 is an election year and, following submission of Councillor nominations in April, there are not sufficient candidates to trigger an election and this is therefore ‘uncontested’. However there are at least two vacant seats on the Council, so if you have ideas for the Council’s contribution to this growing community and are interested in volunteering to join, please come along and meet the Council.

The Assembly will be followed by a brief Parish Council meeting to carry out a small number of business items.

The Agenda is available to view here

Want To Find Out More About Local Roadworks?

At our most recent meeting on the 14th February, the Keresley Parish Council Chair Tracy Gudgeon highlighted an incredibly useful page on the Coventry City Website.

The Roadworks Page on the Coventry City website provides a real-time map to see information about roadworks, road closures and diversions, live incidents, traffic restrictions and public events.

This includes access to a downloadable list of schedule roadworks and road closures. If you happen to notice an issue with road or street works, it also provides a link to be able to report those to the Council.

For Road Surfacing in addition to information on where this happening locally in a live and dynamic map, it shares information on the various forms of Road Resurfacing that might be taking place.

A link to the page has been added to our Useful Links page for ongoing reference but we’ve posted this blog as we can appreciate at the moment how many residents may find this useful.

Local Litter-Pickers tidy up The Brook

Huge, huge thanks to the 20+ people who joined Keresley Parish Council today on our first Monthly Litter Pick for 2023.

It was a great turnout, with the weather holding out for a gorgeously crisp winter’s afternoon and there was an impressive collection of rubbish picked. A few photos below 🚮

We had local charity Lions Group join, alongside the Deputy Mayor, the Ward Councillors, a young student doing their Duke of Edinburgh activities, well-known local residents and an inspirational young litter picker motivated to litter pick after he saw a plastic bag flying in the wind at school.

It was fantastic to see so many local residents respond to our call and we hope it encourages many more to also get involved.

If you have any suggestions on where the Monthly Group should target next then do reach out to us by contacting our clerk. Just check out the Contact Us page for how to get in touch!

Next Jubilee Wood Action Day – 21 Jan 23

Do you live nearby, or enjoy using Jubilee Wood on Watery Lane?

Coventry Park Rangers, local schools, scout groups and volunteers have made fantastic progress with much needed maintenance in our previous sessions, but there is still much more that can be done!

We are looking for volunteers to support with maintenance activities to help rejuvenate this wonderful green space. Please send us a message on Facebook or email if you are interested in helping out or have any questions.

We would appreciate as little or as much time as you are able to give. Please wear good footwear and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, which gives protection from brambles/thorns.

Keresley Parish Council is collaborating with Coventry Park Rangers at Coventry City Council, who will provide guidance, tools, gloves, goggles and refreshment drinks – we would like to express our thanks to them for making this event possible.

We really look forward to the event and hope you can join us. Please also share with your friends and family and if you’re interested in attending RSVP via our Facebook Event, just click here.

Jubilee Wood, Watery Lane, Coventry, CV6 2GH

Friends of Keresley Parish

Keresley Link Road Community Briefing

On Monday 11th July, Allesley Parish Council and Keresley Parish Council hosted a Community event focused on providing local residents with an update on the Link Road planned in the local area.

Coventry City Council presented a briefing to local residents giving a quick summary of the new Transport Strategy, how this applies to the Keresley SUE and a more detailed look of the Keresley Link Road.

Following the briefing, they took questions from the audience covering a range of topics including the Link Road, other transport initiatives rumoured in the local area and other long-term plans.

The event was attended by approximately 50 members of public, Parish Councillors on Allesley Parish Council and Keresley Parish Council, Ward Councillors in Holbrooks and the local MP Taiwo Owatemi.

We know many local residents wished to attend but could not and so please see below the presentation slides from the day.

Keresley SUE Housing Developer Community Meeting

We were incredibly pleased to see the strong turnout at our Keresley Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) Housing Developer Community Meeting on Saturday 25th June.

Keresley Parish Council were mindful of the incredibly strong feeling there is about planning and development in the local area and this was reflected in the ~70 members of the public who took the time to join us and ask several questions about developments in the local area.

During the meeting we received updates from:

  • Coventry City Council Planning Dept.
  • LSP Developments
  • Taylor Wimpey
  • Bellway
  • Richborough Estates
  • Lioncourt Strategic
  • David Wilson Homes (Transcript Only as apologies sent)

After hearing from the speakers, we had approximately 45 minutes of questions from members of the public.

We know many local residents wished to attend but could not and so please see below the presentation slides from the day.

The Parish Council noted several questions that were raised regarding the development of a Link Road within the Parish. A reminder that we have been in discussions with Coventry City Council about a dedicated session on the Link Road, and can confirm this has now been scheduled.

A Community Briefing Event event will take place at 7pm on Monday 11th July at Corley Village Hall. Details below and feel free to indicate your intention to attend via this Facebook Event Page.

Keresley Link Road Briefing

Coventry City Council – Transportation and Highways

7pm 11th July 2022

Corley Village Hall

Church Lane


More info on the Keresley Link Road can be found in a briefing document below we have been given permission to now share.

If you attended our event on the 25th June but there was not enough time for your question or you were unable to attend but have a question now, please email and we will pass it onto the respective developer for answering.

Finally, thank you to The Hare & Hounds Keresley, for letting us use their room to host the event!

Community comes together to revamp Keresley Jubilee Wood

Keresley Parish Council have had the following article posted in the Coventry Observer. Thanks to Tristan Harris for promoting our work. The original article can be found at the link below.

HUGE progress was made on a ‘day of action’ last Wednesday as part of the project to restore Keresley Jubilee Wood to its former glory.

Grass was cut along the footpath and in the orchard and two new benches were installed, taking the total to three.

One of the benches is by entrance for those not able to walk around the whole wood but wanting to visit, and another on the far side provides a great spot to watch the sun set.

Litter picking was also carried out in the wood and along Watery Lane with new ‘No Litter, No Fouling’ signs.

Recently, plaques and signs have been reinstalled by the Coventry Park Rangers, replacing one which had become rotten and blown down and another for a tree planted by Keresley Parish Council in 2016 to commemorate The Queen’s 90th birthday.

The latter plaque had been vandalised and stolen, later recovered during a litter pick.

Coun Matthew Dille thanked everyone involved in the day of action, including volunteers, Bablake and Holbrook ward councillors and representatives from the Change Grow Live – Coventry charity.

“I am particularly grateful for the support Coventry Park Rangers has provided.

“Without them, these events would have not been possible, as they have provided all of the tools, guidance and PPE and kept us entertained during the hard work.

“There is only three in their team and they have the whole city to cover.”

Back in January, a vision to rejuvenate Keresley Jubilee Wood in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was set out.

“With the dedication of many local volunteers, local charities, local politicians, the

President Kennedy School and 13th Coventry Scout Group, I think we have achieved that over the last five months.

“However, we mustn’t stop here, there is always more to be done and we need continued support for Keresley Jubilee Wood.”

Coun Dille urged local people to visit and enjoy Keresley Jubilee Wood and all it has to offer.

Flytipping at Jubilee Wood

Less than 24 hours since hard working volunteers and Coventry Park Rangers laid tools down at the end of a fantastic Action Day, tidying up the lovely green space, Keresley Jubilee Wood has been subject to flytipping again. This is wholly unacceptable.

This has now been reported: FS-Case-430182767

Please report any flytipping using the following link, it’s very quick and easy:

Action Day 3 at Jubilee Wood

Today in the sunshine and hot weather, we made some fantastic progress at Keresley Jubilee Wood.

Activities today included grass cutting along the footpath and orchard area, litter picking, installing new ‘No Litter No Fouling’ signage and making new benches.

We made and installed one new bench near the entrance. This will be a great bird watching spot and also for people who are unable to walk the whole perimeter, but would still like to visit the wood. We also installed a new bench on the south side of the paddock. This will be a great spot to watch the sunset. This brings the total number of benches in the wood to three.

Thank you to our local volunteers, Bablake & Holbrook Ward Councillors, and representatives from Change Grow Live – Coventry. We are very grateful for Coventry Park Rangers’ support, providing tools, guidance and PPE. 12 of us in total took part across the day.

Please do visit and enjoy the wood, check out the progress and let us know what you think. You may recall we set out a vision in January this year to rejuvenate Keresley Jubilee Wood in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. With the hard work of local volunteers, local charities, local politicians, President Kennedy School, 13th Coventry Scout Group and Coventry Park Rangers, this vision has been realised over the last five months. However, there is always more to do, so we can’t stop there. If you would like to get involved with Keresley Jubilee Wood, please do get in touch!

Friends of Keresley Parish

Parish Assembly & Annual Parish Meeting

All Parish Councils in England are required by law to hold an Annual Parish Meeting between March 1 and June 30 each year.

This year the Annual Parish Meeting, Parish Assembly and Ordinary Parish Council Meeting for Keresley Parish Council took place on Tuesday 10th May at Keresley Community Library.

It was attended by Parish Councillors Fisher, Cllr Dille, Cllr Middleton; Ward Councillors Birdi, Cllr Jandu, Cllr Keogh and five members of the public. The meetings were Chaired by Councillor Gudgeon and administered by the Parish Clerk.

During the Parish Assembly, the Chair delivered the Chair’s Report for 2021-22, which can be found here. In the Public Forum, matters in relation to community engagement, contact with the local MP and new residents were raised.

During the Annual Parish Meeting, Councillor Gudgeon was re-elected as Chair and Councillor Fisher was re-elected as Vice-Chair. Congratulations to both on their re-elections to these Council Posts!

This was immediately followed by the Ordinary Parish Council Meeting, which took the standard agenda of the monthly Parish Council meeting.

During the Democratic Half-Hour, local development and planning dominated the questions with note made to the fact that the Planning Committee have been responding to several applications that have recently been released and also securing extensions where sufficient time has not been given to make a response.

Also referenced was the recent campaign to save a Cedar Tree within the local Parish. This continues to be a matter of great concern to local residents.

Minutes for the meeting can be found on the Meetings Page.

The next Parish Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday 14th June.