Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun 29 2012

BaNES email problems 22nd June

Please note that BaNES website advises that all emails received by or sent from the Planning Policy team on Friday 22nd June 2012 have unfortunately been deleted as a result of an IT problem that affected all parts of the Council.

If you sent comments on that date please resend these to ensure that they are registered.

The Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stantonwickactiongroup.org/banes-email-problems-22nd-june/

Jun 26 2012

Mouse Racing a Runaway Success!

On Saturday 23-Jun, SWAG held their first fundraising event at Stanton Drew Village Hall.

A sell-out crowd enjoyed a few drinks, a delicious supper and some top notch rodent racing. Thanks to some tightly-negotiated (and allegedly secret) pre-race sponsorship deals, plus some vigorous bidding by certain individuals, we raised a total of £1400 which will contribute to the legal costs accumulated so far.

Big thanks go out to everyone who attended, but especially to Julie Bragg and Jane Thatcher for the organsisation, and Jim Farmer for compering and commentating in his inimitable style.

The next events are the Cabaret Nights on 25th and 26th August and the Valley Green Belt Show on Saturday 1st Sept.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stantonwickactiongroup.org/mouse-racing-a-runaway-success/

Jun 22 2012

Valley Green Belt Show

Stanton Wick Action Group – presents:

The Valley Green Belt Show – Saturday 1st September

11am – 5pm Pensford Memorial Hall and Playing Field

A fabulous fun day for everyone!!

Vintage Tractors, Classic Cars, Hawk Display, Hog roast, Pony Rides, Cream Teas, Music, Stalls, and more….

The Valley Green Belt Show

STOP PRESS…  top Wurzels tribute band, The Twerzels, will also be playing!

Can you help? We are looking for sponsors. We also need and a few local businesses to book advertising space on programmes. Can you donate an auction prizes, we currently have…
* Weekend break in handsome country pub in N Devon
* Trip for 10 on a catamaran round Cornwall
* Nights stay at Folly Farm with day coarse for children on animal and plant conservation
* x2 Canal boat trips for 10 people serving cream teas or breakfast

email for more information, to help, or for tickets: thevalleygreenbeltshow@gmail.com

Most importantly get the date in your diary and bring along ALL your family and friends.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stantonwickactiongroup.org/valley-green-belt-show/

Jun 19 2012

Packed Guildhall for Special Council Meeting

The Labour Group of Councillors joined the Liberal Democrats on Monday afternoon to defeat a resolution tabled by Councillor Malcolm Hanney (Chew Valley North ward), supported by Councillor Vic Pritchard (Chew Valley South Ward) and other Conservative Councillors.

The resolution called on BaNES full Council to call a temporary halt to their current deeply-flawed exercise to find and promote Gypsy and Traveller sites in BaNES, to reassess both the numerical need for sites, updating the 2007 statistics they have used and to liaise more closely with adjoining authorities in identifying appropriate sites.

It then called for BaNES to ensure a more open, fair and efficient assessment of potential sites.

Members of the Stanton Wick Action Group and the Chairs of both Publow/Pensford and Stanton Drew Parish Councils each made three minute presentations and answered questions from Councillors. There was also a very helpful presentation by Joe Evans of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Richard Harwood (our legal Counsel) made a three minute presentation and answered questions for a further 17 minutes (predominantly from Malcolm whose questions were designed to highlight the flaws in the process to date and the areas of potential challenge and to ensure key information was before the Council).

Richard, having set out the basis of his considerable experience and standing in these issues also advised that he has been appointed by BaNES in the past and had in fact turned down a request to act for BaNES in this matter having already been instructed by us. He advised that;

  • In his opinion the process was deeply flawed and would cause serious difficulty to the Council if they are legally challenged
  • That the action of pausing this process now would not harm the progress of the Core Strategy Plan through its adoption stages
  • That the failure to put right the significant errors in the process could render more harm to the progress of the Core Strategy
  • That the analysis of the numbers of pitches that should be provided was flawed and should be readdressed if it is to be robust against challenge or scrutiny by the Inspector looking at the Core Strategy

The Liberal Democrats and Labour were, however, set on keeping the current consultation process going, despite all of the errors, the harm caused and the real danger of legal challenge and delay to the implementation of the Core Strategy.

At the end of the meeting the voting for a Liberal Democrat amendment was approved by a relatively minor majority. The amendment, written before the meeting, said that the Council had listened and would take all of the points made forward to the September Cabinet Meeting and that the Council would continue with the consultation process.

In summary, the Liberal Democrats ploughed on regardless (with the exception of Jeremy Sparks), not listening to residents’ views and the warning of our Counsel. Labour members supported the LibDems. The Independents went along with the LibDems and Labour even though two of them had reason to support the motion because they each had a Children’s Nursery (Snapdragons) in their wards whose business was seriously threatened by another proposed but inappropriate ‘Preferred’ Site as a result of this flawed process. Sad for democracy, sad for decency and sad for many thousands of ratepayers in rural communities.

However, it was in fact a good day for us!

We have the full support of the Conservatives, we have a line in the sand with a very clear message of the consequences in the event that the BaNES Cabinet fail to remove sites that are not deliverable from the preferred list; and the whole Council can now be in no doubt of the weight of our argument, the ability of our advocates and professionals and the clear resolve of our communities.

TV coverage can be found here: http://www.itv.com/news/west/story/2012-06-18/bath-gypsy-sites/

We need to up the pace now, to ensure that everyone in our communities responds to the consultation, to ensure that we maintain pressure on the Cabinet to do the right thing, to ensure that every Councillor is informed, and to ensure that any legal challenge we may make is powerful and timely.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who gave presentations yesterday, who attended yesterday and all of you who continue to play your part for your community. We are strong because we are together.

Please keep working, supporting and helping your community.

If you are a “buddy” please tell your neighbors and friends – keep them informed.

We will arrange meetings so that we can all consider and debate and we are hard at work on fundraising – where we always need your help!

Thank you so much for the generous donations and the substantial underwriting – you know who you are and your community is very, very grateful.

 

Thank you

Clarke Osborne
On behalf of the Stanton Wick Action Group

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stantonwickactiongroup.org/liberal-democrats-and-labour-unite-to-defeat-conservative-resolution-at-packed-guildhall/

Jun 18 2012

Pensford Cabaret Weekend

In aid of Stanton Wick Action Group

PENSFORD CABARET WEEKEND

24th / 25th August

SOLD OUT – please note tickets will NOT be available on the door.

 

Frankie Johns and Marisa

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stantonwickactiongroup.org/pensford-cabaret-weekend/

Jun 18 2012

Special Cabinet Meeting

Thank you to everyone who turned up for the special cabinet meeting – what a great turn out.

Also a big thank you to Pat Filer for providing transport.

We had some fantastic representation, and were able to hold our ground well against the questioning. Thank you to everyone who spoke. The result was not totally unexpected as the parties were pretty much putting a three-line whip on voting – we did lobby some of the opposing councillors fairly heavily and the proposed amendment was partially to keep them on board.

Interestingly that we seem to have been ‘heard’ even if not “listened to”.

Richard Harwood (our Counsel) made a 3 minute presentation and answered questions for a further 17 minutes. Richard, having set out the basis of his considerable experience and standing in these issues also advised that he has been appointed by BaNES in the past and had in fact turned down an appointment to act for BaNES in this matter. He advised that;
•     in his opinion the process was deeply flawed and would cause serious difficulty to the Council if they are legally challenged,
•    that the action of pausing this process now would not harm the progress of the Core Strategy Plan through its adoption stages,
•    that the failure to put right the significant errors  in the process could render more harm to the progress of the Core Strategy,
•    that the analysis of the numbers of pitches that should be provided was flawed and should be readdressed if it is to be robust against challenge or scrutiny by the inspector looking at the Core Strategy

We will be in consultation with the legal team and other groups over the next couple of days. So watch this space.

In the mean time the consultation (or is it a “pre” consultation?? – whichever, it is in the public domain) is still in place – so PLEASE make sure that the Response Forms are filled in and returned.

 

ITV coverage of the event is here:

http://www.itv.com/news/west/story/2012-06-18/bath-gypsy-sites/

Also – if you have one of the hand banners from last week – please can you ask someone with a garden on the A37 or A368 to put it in a visible position.

Thank you

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stantonwickactiongroup.org/special-cabinet-meeting/

Jun 14 2012

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who turned up for our protest yesterday – what a great turn out.

Also a big thank you to Pat Filer for providing transport.

If you have a banner – please remember to put it up in a visible place on the A37, A368 or Wick Lane.

Don’t forget that we will be going to the Guildhall on 18th for the Special meeting. Let us know if you want a place on the coach for that. The meeting time has changed to 1pm – so the coach will leave Filers yard at 12 midday.

Thank you.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stantonwickactiongroup.org/thank-you/

Jun 13 2012

Legal Team

BaNES to date seem to be rather lacking in their response to us, so we have decided to engage a legal team:

Our solicitor is Matthew Knight, Senior Partner at Knights Solicitors, who specialises in gypsy and traveller issues.
More details can be found at: http://www.knights-solicitors.co.uk/about-us/people-profiles/matthew-knight-%11-senior-partner/

Our barrister is Richard Harwood of 39 Essex Street Chambers.  Richard will be speaking on our behalf at the Special Council Meeting on Monday 18th June 2012 starting at 1 pm at The Guildhall Bath.
More details can be found at: http://www.39essex.com/members/profile.php?id=54

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stantonwickactiongroup.org/legal-team/

Jun 12 2012

Sunday 17th – Form Day

Acknowledging that the response form is not the most transparent document to fill in, both parish councils are offering help in completing the form, should anyone want help. To this end the will be holding drop in surgeries on Sunday 17th June at Stanton Drew Village Hall  and Pensford Memorial Hall between 2-5pm. 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stantonwickactiongroup.org/sunday-17th-form-day/

Jun 08 2012

BORAG

Andy of Borag in Radstock gave a good interview on wednesday, listen below….

2012_06_06 Andy Saxton on BBC Somerset

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stantonwickactiongroup.org/borag/

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