Mobilising the Community
SAVE are a local group of people who care passionately about the environment, character and heritage of our two villages.
Formed over 25 years ago, we have a history of working together to face challenges from developments that would lead to a degradation of our local environment, increases in congestion and strains on local amenities.
Past work that was faced successfully include the re-routing of the A50, preventing numerous large-scale housing developments and, amongst other things, working with EMA to reduce the impact of air traffic – proving that local action groups can make a meaningful difference to their area.
The villages of Aston and Weston have a rich heritage dating back over 1000 years with mentions in the Doomsday book of 1086. They were signed into being in 1009 and have existed as separate, neighbouring villages ever since. In 1642, when England was in the grip of civil war, parliamentarian soldiers were based at Weston Hall and used it as a base to attack Royalists across the River Trent. In 1745 with the Scottish invasion heading south, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s invading army got as far as Swarkestone, with record that lookouts were posted at the top of Weston church tower to spot any threat heading in this direction! In the 18th century the Trent and Mersey canal arrived, which although not used for its original purpose of carrying goods anymore, it provides a sanctuary for wildlife and a tranquil setting for walks and cycling, forming part of National Cycle Route 6.
We hope that you too feel it should be protected and treated in a sensitive way.