Monday, September 11, 2006
THE SHAM AND SCAM OF PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS
"Local borough planners last year rejected the bid by Barrett Southern Counties...due to the effect it would have on the area. They were backed on appeal this year by an independent planning inspector.
"But Ruth Kelly MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, last week ruled the development should go through because of a housing shortage in the South East.
"Worth ward councillor, Claire Denman, said : 'We were not expecting this. The arguments we put forward have been pushed to one side'.
"Martin Tuthill, land director for Barratt Southern Counties, said : 'Planning was not granted at local level, but Barratt applied to the Secretary of State, as all developers are entitled to do. Planning was granted on this brownfield site, as it will provide much-needed housing for the local area'.
"Ms Kelly refused to comment when her office was contacted."
(Source : "Town set for largest development in its history after Government overrule", Crawley News, September 6 2006).
AN EXCELLENT PIECE OF JOURNALISM BY CRAWLEY NEWS (JOCELYN COOK), WHICH PERFECTLY ILLUSTRATES WHY I AM NOT OPTIMISTIC ABOUT IFIELD BROOK MEADOWS.
Government vs people is not permissible in a democracy, I believe. Well that is if the government itself considers you are living in a democracy, which is another story.
This is a party-political feud we're caught up in here - at our expense.
And the developers are laughing all the way to the wankers (sorry, bankers)
The last e-mails I sent you have been returned by MSN as failure to deliver.
I've sent the same message to Crawley News, and the last one to Gary Shipton. All three of them apparently have been delivered correctly, not yours. It seems you have been deleted by MSN. I'm going to send you a Yahoo message to see if they can accomodate you.
I think it's just incompetence. It usually is.