Authority for the Woodland Management Plan (WMP)

In 2012 the wood was the subject of a Statutory Plant Health Notice requiring the company to remove all Rhododendron plants within the wood, which took place during 2012/3, clearing significant areas of undergrowth. Subsequent to this, in a bid to improve the wood which had not been actively managed for many decades and which was in poor condition, we started the process of producing a Woodland Management Plan under the guidance of the Forestry Commission, resulting in the plan being approved in 2015. As part of this process, the necessary felling licences were issued by the Forestry Commission.

The Forestry Commission advised us that the approved WMP and felling licences that result from it supersede any Tree Preservation Order (TPO) restriction and allow the company to carry out works to trees as approved under the licence without submitting individual applications to lift the TPO – this is the current position as we understand it. The work being carried out under the WMP involves clearing the non-native trees/invasive plants, damaged or malformed trees, scrub, debris and self-seeded plants and replanting the bare ground with an lowland oak woodland species list as approved by the Forestry Commission. The result will be a vastly improved woodland.

The first phase of the works took place in 2015, the 2016 works taking place this week. We have budgeted for 1-2 weeks work per year. The Council’s Environmental Health Team have been made aware of the works as they may involve burning of brash and production of a small amount of smoke – they have confirmed that they have no concerns. In addition, the local fire brigade have been made aware of the works in case their services are required.

In additional to these works, the company carries out tree safety surveys due to the proximity of dwellings, railway line and public highways, carrying out recommended works on dead, dying and diseased trees as directed by an arboriculture surveyor to reduce the risk the members of the public and neighbours.

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

Jeff Franklin (No 30 WRP) has taken over the management of the NHW scheme for the road with 16 residents currently signed up.

Arrangements are being made to replace the 3 signs on the designated lamp posts throughout the estate.

A couple of reminders

  • If you are leaving your property empty, please let a neighbour know and leave a number where you can be contacted.
  • Please remember that the neighbourhood watch is a two-way street, if you have any information that you feel would be of benefit to the police or community, do not hesitate to contact the police or Jeff as you see fit.

Savills – Change of Address

Our managing agent has moved offices with effect from the 27th April 2016.

With immediate effect, all correspondence show be addressed as follows:

Crannies Wood Management Company
c/o Savills
73 Lemon Street

Community Messaging

Julie Carpenter, our local PCSO, is promoting the Devon and Cornwall Police “Community Messaging” scheme.

By simply registering your contact details with them, you will be kept up-to-date with policing information for the local area. The messages you would receive may contain:

  • Relevant information about crime in our area
  • Crime Prevention Advice
  • Events and opportunities to meet our local policing team
  • Appeals for witnesses or help to trace missing people

The messages can be sent by telephone, email or even fax (?). You decide how and when you would like the information.

Smiths Gore/Savills Merger

Chris Anderson, agent for CWMCL, would like to inform all members that on 21st April 2015, Smiths Gore and Savills (UK) Limited announced their intention to merge their rural practices into a single business. It is expected that this merger will complete at the end of May.

Both firms were founded in the mid 19th Century as land agency practices. Smiths Gore is proud of its achievements in developing the firm into a leading national provider of rural property services. Savills has meanwhile become a major real estate advisory firm, listed on the London Stock Exchange with an international network of more than 600 offices and associates. The two firms’ UK rural practices are similar in size and the combined rural business will operate out of 54 offices, from Fochabers and Aberdeen in the North, to Truro in the South West and Maidstone in the South East.

The merger of the two firms’ rural businesses will have a number of clear benefits for clients, drawing on the depth of our combined rural foundations, the strength of Savills real estate services and the natural geographical fit between the two firms. This will result in an exceptional national service, providing clients with the opportunity to take advantage of the widest range of skills and services on offer in the rural sector. Our clients will benefit from the pooling of talent from both firms and the merger will also enable our staff to share in a huge wealth of knowledge and to develop areas of expertise across a greater breadth of disciplines. In addition, existing teams and their skills will be strengthened where required, ensuring that they are properly resourced and structured to service each client’s requirements.

It will be business as usual for both firms’ clients, who will continue to be serviced by the same staff, with no changes to the support that is provided to CWMCL.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Chris directly via email or 01872 274646.

Co-opting of New Director

At the first meeting of the Board in 2015 and with the agreement of all Board members, we are pleased to announce that Miss Julia Keep (No 19 Wheal Regent Park) has been co-opted into a vacant directorship on the Board of the Crinnis Wood Management Company effective until the next Annual General Meeting.

Miss Keep brings a wealth of experience from her career in business, finance and information technology and from her voluntary work with many charities and civic organisations.

The Board welcomes Miss Keep and looks forward to working with her.

2015 Annual Charge

As agreed at the 2014 AGM, the service charge for 2015 has been set at £375.

The bill is due for payment on the 1st January 2015

Any member wishing to set up the monthly instalment facility, has not received their invoice or who needs to discuss payment arrangement in confidence is urged to contact Smiths Gore as soon as possible.

Payment can be made electronically to avoid postal expense and delay. Use the following payee details:

Bank Nat West
Sort Code 54-21-38
Account Number 28619005
Account Name S/Gore Client Acc
Payee Reference <NNNNNN> <HH>WRP

Where <NNNNNN> is your tenant reference number as found on your invoice and <HH> is your house number.