Witches Oak Water

Witches Oak Water is a large new wetland site which was created primarily as a water storage and water pumping facility in times of severe drought for Severn Trent Water. However as part of the design a strong wetland habitat creation theme was linked to it. The site now contains a range of habitats including 12 lakes, reedbed, wet and dry woodland, wet and dry grassland and hedgerow habitats.

Although still in its early stages the site is an important staging post for wildfowl and waders using the Trent Valley and offers winter refuge for occasional bitterns and smew as well as summer breeding habitat for reed and sedge warblers.

Witches Oak Waters Public Access

We understand that there is much work to do at Witches Oak Waters to create decent footpaths around the site.

There was an appeal for volunteers to join the staff to create these and if you would be interested in helping please contact vic.bevan58@gmail.com who is the site ranger of further information.

Document relating to Weston Extension of the gravel pits:

East Midlands Airport

SAVE is monitoring any noise problems arising from training and night flights from East Midlands Airport.

A useful website is East Midlands Airport’s WebTrak tool, which enables you to see air traffic information and the routings of flights in the vicinity of East Midlands Airport .

Using WebTrak you can replay the paths that aircraft followed as they approached and departed from East Midlands Airport , and also view the noise level in decibels for several noise-monitoring locations, one of which is in Weston on Trent.

No. 73 Bus Service Under Threat

No73Derbyshire County Council need to withdraw subsidies from certain bus routes from 2017 due to austerity.

One of those being considered for withdrawal is the 7am service of the No.73 to Aston and Weston.

If they withdraw subsidy from the 73 then Notts Derby buses are unlikely to continue as it is not profitable.  It is the only way some people get to work/college on time.

If they withdraw this service it is quite likely it will spread to other services through the day in the future.

The consultation is now closed but you can still write to:

Steve Cannon
Economy, Transport and Communities,
Derbyshire County Council,
County Hall,
01629 538148


Fracking may be coming to Derby. With the fracking site now given the go-ahead in Yorkshire, the proposal for Derby is even more of a threat. The proposed site is near Elvaston. The closing date for the public to give their views is June 12th!

Email this address to have your say. ETEWastemin@derbyshire.gov.uk
This site contains the papers -https://consultations.derbyshirepartnership.gov.uk/consult.ti/Minerals_Local_Plan