A very Happy New Year to you all from all of us at Oak-NGate (Stoke) Limited. We hope you had a peaceful and safe Christmas.
This month we continue with the Junction improvement works to New Inn Lane and the Rugby Club access road.
We look forward to a productive and safe New Year here at Trentham Fields.
With Best Wishes
The Oak-NGate team.
Works to the junction of the Rugby Club and New Inn Lane are progressing well and are currently on target for completion in the New Year.
Careful attention has been given to working around the trees adjacent to the road works, with Ecologists and Arborists in regular attendance.
The New Year will see the start of phase one roads.
Everyone at Oak-NGate (Stoke) Limited would like to wish you and your friends and family a
Safe and Happy Christmas.
This month will see the start of the junction widening and road improvements to New Inn Lane and the Rugby Club Access road.
We have selected S&I Groundworks who are industry leaders and have an outstanding track record for customer care and safety. They will be working on short sections of the road at a time to minimise any inconvenience.
We are working very closely with the Rugby Club too, to ensure access to the Club for training and for spectators.
If any residents have any concerns, then please don't hesitate to contact S&I who we are sure will work out a solution.
We have also included a copy of the letter that S&I will be distributing to the affected residence.
Site investigations are progressing. Groundworks are being completed under the full supervision of an ecologist and even though nesting bird season is over, we are being vigilant and sensitive to the wildlife on site.
One tree has been removed to allow the safety and junction works on New Inn Lane, but this will be replaced by the planting of more trees on the site.
Cadent are progressing the gas diversions to enable the junction widening works on New Inn Lane.
As we move into September, we hope that the Western Power diversions on New Inn Lane will be completed very soon. That just leaves gas works later next month and then all is ready for the junction improvements.
We've started cutting the grass on the two fields either side of the Rugby Club Lane that form the first Phase of development. We've chipped the shrubs and small self-seeded saplings that have grown in the middle of the fields.
You may have noticed that we did the mowing and hedge cutting in a seemingly strange order. That's because we've had our ecologist checking for nesting birds and guiding us as to when was safe to do each part of work. Caring for our environment is extremely important to us.
We've also had archaeologists digging shallow trenches to check for anything historical as is required under planning conditions. As expected, nothing was found, but it was exciting watching just incase!
Shortly we will be doing ground investigations to check for any contamination, or unusual conditions.
Work is progressing with service diversions on New Inn Lane. Western Power diversion works are due to start at the beginning of August with Cadent Gas due to start Sep/Oct.
Works will commence on the landscaping adjacent to the Rugby Club Lane this month along with the Tree protective fencing being erected.
Work is still on going with utility diversions to allow us to start the junction improvement works to the site entrance on New Inn Lane. We are hoping these works can take place in later part of the summer.
We will be writing to each resident on the stretch of road affected once we have details and dates.
Can you believe it’s June already? You might have seen that Virgin Media are (as we write) finishing moving their cables lower under in the footway to be well out of the way when the junction mouth from New Inn Lane to the Rugby Club is widened and made safer with greater visibility. We will also need Western Power to complete similar works, but we are working on a date for those and will let you know.
Did you know?
The Trent and Mersey Canal runs along the boundary of the site and today is a beautiful leisure route, with lots of walkers, cyclists, runners and of course boats on the water. It was also a significant factor in the industrial success of Stoke and The Potteries. The first sod was actually cut by Josia Wedgewood himself who recognised the need to transport goods more efficiently.
It was revolutionary and an 18th century equivalent of the motorway.
Plans for the canal were drawn up in 1755 making it the oldest canal in the country!!
It’s stunning 93.5mile length (150km) and the locks, not to mention the tunnels and the Anderton Boat lift, make it a an amazing feet of engineering – at a time before motorised engines and electricity.
Next time you walk along the canal you might spare a thought for the workers who literally dug this canal by hand day after day. Stoke may have been a very different place without it!
Until next month, stay safe and enjoy a walk along the canal.
Well it definitely feels like Spring has sprung and winter is behind us. This month we will see Virgin Media doing some service diversions to ensure that their cables are well out of the way of the road widening works when they happen on New Inn Lane. Plans have been agreed to make the junction on New Inn Lane with the Rugby Club access lane wider and safer as this will be the main access into the site as it develops. Virgin Media will liaise directly with residents affected and any temporary disruption will be minimised.
Did you know?
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, one of the jobs that the Spring and Summer brings is mowing the lawn. Our site used to be farmland so it’s not surprising that we’ve got lots of grass. Wildflowers in grassland are really important for the environment. As well as looking amazing wildflowers support huge numbers of insects, which in turn support birds, bats and other wildlife. Did you know a pipistrelle bat eats about 3,000 insects a day!!!
On site we will have a protected 30m wide grassland corridor running 520m along Longton Brook as well as a major wildflower area in the east of the site. In the north of the site there will also be a 438m wildflower grassland corridor again 30m wide. And at the centre of the site is a 312m grassland and hedgerow corridor in the very heart.
We’re looking forward to seeing more colour and more flowers and more insects on site in the near future.
In the meantime stay safe and good luck if you’re mowing the lawn!!
This year more than most years we've all been waiting eagerly for Spring to arrive.
As trees and plants start to shoot into bud we thought it would be a good time to update you on our plans to look after and enhance the wildlife and environment.
Did you know?
- there are currently 9 ponds on the site (and one at the Rugby Club). We are planning on creating 12 new ponds and making sure that these are capable of expanding the current population of Great Crested Newts.
- although there is lots of grassland on the site we don't have an abundance of wildflowers. We plan to enhance and increase the number of wildflowers in the meadows and grassland and that will be good for the insect and bee population too.
- we have lots of birds on site and we plan to ensure that at least 10% of the new homes, if not more, will have bird boxes to encourage birds into the new gardens and encourage families to become bird spotters and environmental champions for the site.
We will give you more facts about the site next month, but til then Stay Safe and enjoy the start of Spring and have a very Happy Easter.
Here at Oak-NGate (Stoke) Limited we hope that you and your families are all safe and well and managing during these difficult times.
We are finalising design work with the Council on the improved Junction on New Inn Lane with the Rugby Club Access Road which will be the developments main entrance.
We are also working through the utility diversions necessary to undertake this work. We hope to be able to update on a start date for the junction work soon.
We have also trimmed back the vegetation on the former Timber Yard access lane and made some improvements following comments from residents asking if we could look at clearing the footways. The timber-yard access lane is being used for car access.
One of our first tasks is to improve the junction at New Inn Lane and the Rugby Club access road.
We are working closely with the club and the Council whilst designing the new entrance details.
Various trial holes will be undertaken to determine exactly what services are under the ground.
Our utility providers will be commencing some improvement and diversionary work.
Oak-NGate (Stoke) Limited would like to wish our neighbours a very Happy and safe New Year.
As we are in Lockdown No 3, our work this month is mainly planning and organising off site work.
Each month we will update the website with what’s happening and what you can expect to see.
At the moment a lot is happening behind the scenes - planning our work, liaising with the Council and assembling our team and our quality builders.
Over the next few months we will need to do further detailed surveys of the site and start to assemble a site compound.