Woodborough’s Heritage

Woodborough, a Sherwood Forest Village, recorded in Domesday

Woodborough Parish Council - reports taken from various editions of Woodborough Newsletters

The following notes were taken from past copies of The Woodborough Newsletter. Many of the concerns raised during those years bear similarities to concerns people have today. Parish Council minutes have for some time, been published monthly in full, in the Woodborough Newsletter but are considered too long to reproduce in this website.


A prospective resident, aggrieved at his application to erect a Norwegian log bungalow had been refused, asked the Parish Council to support his appeal.  At the last meeting photographs and plans were examined and as the dwelling appeared to be quite suitable for the particular site, it was decided to express this view to the Planning Authority.

January 1968

Residents who are geographically excluded from the advantages of the main sewerage quite rightly asked if the present “two free cess-loads per year” could be increased to them. Basford RDC have replied to say that this matter has been recently considered but no improvement is contemplated as the service is more favourable than that provided by many other authorities.

January 1968

The name of White’s Croft has been suggested for the new development opposite to Park Avenue in preference to Wayside Rise put forward by the builder. The contractor at Shelt Hill objected to the name Grimesmoor Place for one of the cul-de-sacs and, although the name is preferred for its local association, the Council concluded an alternative nameOldacres.

April 1968

The Parish meeting was well attended and instructive. The guest speaker, Mr R.J. Ilett, Area Planning Officer, devoted a good deal of time answering questions concerning development in the village. It was interesting to learn, no matter how cherished have no protection unless specifically covered by a Preservation Order and the Parish Council will be considering this matter very seriously. An emergency request has been made to preserve the row of specimen lime trees in the old cricket field on Bank Hill.

April 1968

New street lighting, with almost twice the number of lamps, is to be provided in the village and the Council have been given the opportunity of approving the layout.

May 1968

A complaint about the Mapperley Plains/Bank Hill junctions has resulted in the County Surveyor giving instructions for improvement. Better signposting of the Lowdham Lane fork off the Epperstone by-pass will also be made.

The Chief Constable has been informed that motorists approaching Woodborough are dazzled by the glare of the badly placed floodlighting at the Travellers Rest.

May 1968

The name Aldene Way has been recommended by the Parish Council for the new roadway off Doverbeck Drive on the Shelt Hill development for the good reason that it has a Domesday connection with the village.

July 1970

Apart from the property owners who have received individual and detailed notices, it is not generally known that the trees in Woodboroughconsisting in the main of mature and late mature hardwoodsare protected by a Tree Preservation Order. Much of the character of the village is dependent upon these trees which have been planted in private gardens, paddocks, orchards, and also in hedgerows and on farm land. There is particular beauty in the Bank Hill approach and The Hall gardens. The Parish Council will be keeping a watchful eye to maintain this heritage.

June 1971

A car park in the village seems a good idea, it helps to relieve obstruction of Main Street, and the District Council are looking into the possibility of providing this facility.

April 1972

Grimesmoor public footpath was ploughed up and not restored.

October 1972

In the last issue it was reported that the Grimesmoor public footpath had been ploughed up and not restored. This should have been referred to more specifically as Moor Farm footpath which starts west of Grimesmoor.

A number of unobtrusive, but well designed, way mark signs have been purchased for erection at points along the village paths. Landowners will be consulted beforehand and informed of the places where signs are thought to be desirable. Proper way marking is in the interests of owners and public, for it reduces the danger of inadvertent trespass as a result of walkers losing their way.

November 1972

The County Council’s Planning Department has made a survey of Woodborough and decided (quite rightly) that it is a village having architectural and historic interest, the character of which should be preserved and enhanced.  The Parish Council are now to consider the draft map of the possible Conservation Area at Woodborough and although it is unlikely to embrace the whole of the parish it does go a long way to meeting a demand to preserve the essential rural character. Certainly any proposals for development or alterations within the Area will have to meet very strict standards.

October 1973

Almost everyone now knows that on the 1st April 1974 Woodborough becomes a parish in the area under the administration of Gedling Borough Council. The reorganisation almost confers new powers and rights on parish councils. Of the latter the most important is probably the right to be notified of planning applications within the parish. The principle of consultation in matters of local importance is reflected in the decision of the Gedling Council to invite the Chairman or the Clerk of each parish council within the District to attend their meetings with authority to speak on any matters affecting their parishes.

December 1973

A well attended Parish meeting to consider the plans for residential development of the land off Main Street by Costains clearly left no doubt that the proposals were not acceptable and the full strength of local opinion has been sent to the Gedling Council.

April 1975

Water courses in the parish are a feature with an important purpose, as was proved when the mains water pipe burst recently. Many thousand gallons of water poured down from Lambley, safely channelled by the dyke alongside the playing field. The torrent of water brought with it a good deal of discarded rubbish which could very easily have formed a dam to endanger life and property.  As we have to live with this hazard the Parish Council ask all riparian owners to maintain the water courses clear of debris at all times.

August 1975

Street lights: A move by the County Council to install sodium or mercury vapour lighting on all new developments, and to replace tungsten lamps in due course, is involving the new Parish Council in strong opposition against this policy. So far as is known, Woodborough is alone in objecting to this unnecessary and expensive interference and the force of our County representative, Mr Herbert Bird, and the Association of Local Councils have already been enlisted. The next move is likely to be representation through the Member of Parliament, and so the fight will go on. The majority of the village do not take kindly to these destructive ‘improvements’.

June 1976

Footpath / Village Plan 1969: A request has been made by residents of Aldene Way for the closure of the footpath at the rear of the properties on the south side of the road. This footpath is shown on the Woodborough Village Plan (1969) as a feature of the planned development of this whole area to provide a pedestrian walkway linking Shelt Hill and Roe Lane thereby creating a safer route for schoolchildren and people travelling on foot to the facilities in the centre of the village. A previous request for its closure was refused in 1977 on the grounds that it would be detrimental to the interests of the wider community.

At present the footpath, which is adopted and maintained by Gedling Borough Council, stops short at the boundary of the area developed so far but has been subject to misuse and nuisance to adjoining properties.

June 1980

Pinfold: A short ceremony was held in the Pinfold on Sunday October 25th 1981 when the Mayor of Gedling officially opened the Lambley/Woodborough Countryside Trail, and a plaque was placed on the wall giving information about the trail. The trail is 4¼ miles long, the leaflet not only gives detailed instructions for following the trail and also interesting facts about the points on route, but also described short cuts for those with less stamina or time available.

The village is deeply indebted to the youth conservation volunteers who worked hard that morning to clear out the overgrown weeds in the Pinfold and restored it to its original state in time for the ceremony. They then proceeded along the trail to position the stakes and markers with the distinctive yellow lapwing (pee-wit) design which shows the route to follow.

December 1981

Gedling Borough: The Borough Council are in the process of drafting a Local Plan which will affect future decisions on the use of land and development of sites. It will indicate areas of countryside protected against development by Green Belt policies and show where new industry might be permitted. The plan is subject to comments and discussion between August and 7th October 1988, with meetings at various venues throughout the Borough. There is an exhibition at Calverton Library during September and details are available at all local libraries or the Civic Centre, Arnold. Woodborough is mentioned as having a house building site available in Whites Croft, and a public open space adjacent to Manor Farm in the Conservation Area.

September 1988

Gedling Borough: The Gedling Borough Draft Local Plan has been studied in detail by the Parish Council. There are no new proposals for potential development land in Woodborough over and above that which already exists within the Village envelope. The policies for controlling infill development and other planning matters are defined, as are the policies on housing, employment, services, recreation and environment. The field on Main Street adjacent to the Meadows is a private open space; designated public open spaces are the playing fields on Lingwood Lane, Governors’ Field and the grassed area on Small’s Croft.

October 1988

Footpaths and Bridleways: A proposal to designate as a bridleway, Footpath no. 6 (Lowdham Lane to Green Lane, Lambley) has been refused by the County Council, but an appeal has been lodged by the British Horse Society.

October 1988


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