Friday 3rd May 2013 – Temple Cloud Village Hall – 5pm to 8:30pm.
If you have missed the Council consultation event do not worry. There is an extra drop-in event planned by local councillors.
See attached.Chew Valley Core Strategy Event
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Jun 19 2012
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;
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.
On behalf of the Stanton Wick Action Group
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May 25 2012
Cllr Francine Haeberling has sent a letter to residents opposing the allocation of the Old Colliery as a traveller site. The letter also outlines the importance of the ‘Special Meeting’ of the full council that they have called for.
Read the full letter by clicking the link below.
Please note that at the moment the date for the Special Meeting has not been set. We will notify you as soon as we know. We will make arrangements to enable as many people to attend as possible.
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May 21 2012
There is an article in Western Daily Press today. Also here: http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/Hamlet-near-Bath-faces-battle-gypsy-traveller/story-16143818-detail/story.html We like Cllr Balls quote: “It is always better to use something that is right rather than something that is slightly wrong.”
Conservative councillor Malcolm Hanney, a member of scrutiny panel, has a much clearer view on the Stanton Wick site “We feel it is quite ridiculous that the site is on the list, given that it is Green Belt, past planning decisions, contamination and lack of local amenities.”
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