Friday, April 27, 2007
THE IFIELD GOLF CLUB SCANDAL 1 - "A MOST UNGODLY CAN OF WORMS IS OPENING UP..."
I didn't know so many worms had forked tongues - so not yet in a position to expose this scandal.
"To sin by silence
When we should protest
Makes cowards out of men" - and those who pose as golfers and councillors.
Well, it appears the little scam has been scuppered - for the time being at least - by Ifield Golf Club's shareholders. They have voted AGAINST the deal with Taylor Woodrow (now, Taylor-Wimpey).
This means the stack of cards - so neatly and secretly constructed by developers and 'partners' - will come crashing down around their feet.
Don't expect any sympathy from me - they lied and cheated - so they have nobody else to blame but themselves. They were trying to 'fast-track' something through - buck the democratic system - so that it would be too late for any opposition to do anything about it.
Who are 'they' (aka partners, stakeholders) ?
TAYLOR WOODROW (now Taylor Wimpey)(Golf Club site),
ENGLISH PARTNERSHIPS (formerly Crawley New Towns Commission)(agent CBRE)(new Golf Club site),
CREST NICHOLSON (Brown's landfill site)
WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL (WSCC Structure Plan)
HORSHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL (JAAP Core Strategy - as per WSCC Structure Plan)
CRAWLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL (JAAP Core Strategy - as per WSCC Structure Plan)
May 3 - and now this - a joint Statement by Crawley Borough Council (CBC) and Horsham District Council (HDC) :
"AT NO POINT DO THE SUMMARY NOTES INFER THAT TAYLOR WOODROW HAVE CONTROL OF THE GOLF COURSE"
SUMMARY NOTES -"THE GROUP WAS INFORMED THAT THE GOLF CLUB NEGOTIATIONS WITH TAYLOR WOODROW HAD RECENTLY CONCLUDED, WHO NOW HAVE THE OPTION ON THE GOLF COURSE".
Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we first practise to deceive....
Who is primarily responsible for this tangled web ?
WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL.
Their 2001 Structure Plan gave the 'green light' to build 2500 houses on (unspecified) "Land W & NW of Crawley" (aka The Parish of Ifield - with a 1000 year history) - commissioning some back-street consultant to describing the area as "lacking in heritage and character".
Thus, the Ifield Society was born to counter-act that nonsense.
HORSHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL was given the job to specify where to build within "Land W & NW of Crawley" (Ifield Parish). Stupidly, they chose the Ifield Golf Club - and the planned to re-locate it north (again on Ifield Parish). Stupidly again, they failed to consult the Golf Club anout these plans (except possibly the directors & shareholders - not the members and players).
Massive protests all round - it wasn't going to work smoothly. So they (WSCC & HDC) sought the help of CRAWLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL (CBC) - to be a rather reluctant, but important 'partner' - and thus the Joint Area Action Plan (JAAP) was born.
The trouble is the whole process is DEVELOPER-LED GLOBALLY (probably orchestrated by the US-led World Bank/IMF/WTO and/or their 'Agents') - thus creating a democratic mess...and this is the result.
Essentially, I am putting a (democratic) spanner in the (undemocratic) works.
I won't be popular, but popularity is not my concern - I just don't like being lied to, or being taken for a complete fool.
For God's sake, someone has to tell the truth in the face of this Corporate lie, Government cover-up, and Media silence.
As Orwell said : "In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act".
Vive la Revolution !
So we have the US giant CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) acting as agents for English Partnerships, the US giant URS being commissioned by HDC/CBC/WSCC...who is the real String-Puller here for God's sake ?!