Now they’re filming as well

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Not content with traffic-counter cables all over the place and air quality diffusion tubes equally omni-present, today this CCTV camera was erected near the entrance to Kempton Park on Staines Road East. It is filming traffic in both directions. All courtesy of The Jockey Club’s BB Productions Unit … aka Mouchel.

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Why the delay?

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KKG – Document 69a     KKG – Document 70      KKG – Document 70a

Dear Neighbour

More than two weeks after the last Overview & Scrutiny Committee, the “clear and unambiguous statements” from the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive, as to what they knew about the prospective planning application for Kempton Park have still not materialised.

Councillor Broom, Chair of the Committee, said on 10 September that she had “asked the officers as a matter of urgency to ensure that a statement by the Chief Executive is prepared and published”, and promised “we will be rectifying the minutes to reflect an accurate record of the action point agreed on Kempton Park”. (See Document 69a attached.)

Neither has happened.

We sent a reminder on 20 September, but have not received a reply. We are told that a joint statement from both the Leader and the Chief Executive has already been written. So why the delay in making it public?

Meanwhile, survey work has started at the gate to Kempton Park near the dog-walking area. Another rash of traffic counting cables has appeared on streets in Hampton and Sunbury, to add to the blue-topped air quality diffusion tubes set up by Mouchel, the transport consultants to The Jockey Club. You can see just how extensive the work is that they are doing in the attached Documents 70 and 70a.

Our fund raising effort is exceeding expectations. LOSRA (the Lower Sunbury Residents Association) have kindly offered to receive and account for donations to this campaign. LOSRA have been around for more than 40 years, and have impeccable credentials with regard to accountability and reliability.

Electronic methods for donations will be set up shortly. In the mean time, if you would like to donate by cheque, please make your cheque out to LOSRA and send it to:

20 Green Street, Sunbury, TW16 6RN

As you would expect, the identity of all donors will be kept confidential.

Visit us at http://www.keepkemptongreen.com, Like our Facebook page, and Follow us on Twitter (links to both on the website). Leave your comments at all three.

Kind regards, and thank you very much in advance for your generosity.

Keep Kempton Green

The car-counters are back

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TRAFFIC MONITORING CABLES

Those Jockey Club car-counter cables are back – 23 pairs of them in and around Sunbury.

They tried doing this once before, earlier in the summer, but had to give up because it took them some time to notice that almost every street they were counting cars on had road-works and temporary traffic lights on it .

They might even get it right this time.

And while they’re counting cars, they’re still sniffing the air.

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AIR QUALITY DIFFUSION TUBES

 

 

 

 

Heartwarming response

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Dear Neighbour

Two days later, and the donations so generously given so far have reduced the target from £1200 to £750.

Many thanks, and keep them coming.

LOSRA (the Lower Sunbury Residents Association) have kindly offered to receive and account for donations to this campaign. LOSRA have been around for more than 40 years, and have impeccable credentials with regard to accountability and reliability.

Electronic methods for donations will be set up shortly. In the mean time, if you would like to donate by cheque, please make your cheque out to LOSRA and send it to:

20 Green Street, Sunbury, TW16 6RN

As you would expect, the identity of all donors will be kept confidential.

Yours gratefully

Keep Kempton Green

 

We wish it wasn’t so …

£1200

Dear Neighbour

What started off as a campaign against the development of Green Belt land at Kempton Park is now suddenly something much bigger.

If this revision of the Local Plan goes through unchecked, it will affect all parts of this Borough – permanently and for the worse – and the consequences will spill over into neighbouring Boroughs.

So far all the considerable work involved has been contributed by individuals in their spare time. But there are some things, with the best will in the world, that they simply cannot do.

Unfortunately, it has now come to the point where we will have to seek legal opinion in order to continue this effort. It really says something about the state of local democracy when residents – not for the first time – are forced into this kind of dispute with their own Council. We wish it wasn’t so. But it is, more’s the pity.

Our barrister, one of the best, has most generously offered his time at a fraction of his normal fee. The cost we face is £1800. We have already raised a third of it, so there’s £1200 still to go.

We fully appreciate that there are many calls on your generosity, but anything you can contribute, no matter how small, will be most gratefully received.

LOSRA (the Lower Sunbury Residents Association) have kindly offered to receive and account for donations to this campaign. LOSRA have been around for more than 40 years, and have impeccable credentials with regard to accountability and reliability.

Electronic methods for donations will be set up shortly. In the mean time, if you would like to donate by cheque, please make your cheque out to LOSRA and send it to:

20 Green Street, Sunbury, TW16 6RN

As you would expect, the identity of all donors will be kept confidential.

Visit us at http://www.keepkemptongreen.com, Like our Facebook page, and Follow us on Twitter (links to both on the website). Leave your comments at all three.

Kind regards, and thank you very much in advance for your generosity.

 

Keep Kempton Green

Fighting Fund

 

 

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What started off as a campaign against 1500 dwellings at Kempton Park has now become something much bigger – a campaign against 8000 dwellings in the Borough of Spelthorne which could come about as a result of the review of our Local Plan.

If this revision of our Local Plan goes through unchecked,  it will affect all parts of this  Borough – permanently and for the worse.

Unfortunately, it has come to the point when we will have to engage solicitors in order to continue this fight .

So far all the considerable work involved  has been contributed by individuals in their spare time. But there are some things, with the best will in the world, that they can’t do.

It really says something about the state of local democracy when residents  – not for the first time – are forced into this kind of dispute with their own Council. We wish it wasn’t so. But, more’s the pity, it is.

LOSRA (the Lower Sunbury Residents Association) have kindly offered to receive and account for donations to this campaign. LOSRA have been around for more than 40 years, and have impeccable credentials with regard to accountability and reliability.

If you would like to donate to the cause using PayPal, please click here . This will take you straight through to the LOSRA website’s home page. Scroll down and click on the button on the right: “Donate to the Keep Kempton Green Fund“.

If  you would like to donate by cheque, please make your cheque payable to LOSRA and send it to:

20 Green Street, Sunbury, TW16 6RN

Alternatively, donations can be deposited directly into the LOSRA bank account set up for this purpose:

Barclays Bank

Account name: LOSRA

Sort Code: 20-46-73

Account number: 8341 3934

As you would expect, the identity of all donors will be kept confidential.

Kind regards, and thank you very much in advance for your generosity.

Keep Kempton Green

O&S and on and on …

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KKG – Document 67     KKG – Document 69     KKG – Document 56a

Dear Neighbour

It’s that Overview & Scrutiny Committee. Again. (See KKG weekly updates 10 July and 4 September).

It started with the man from A2Dominion inadvertently letting the Kempton Park Cat out of the bag at the 8 July meeting. Then the minutes of that meeting simply didn’t mention the at times heated discussion about Kempton Park at all. The minutes also left out the Action Point (agreed by the Committee) to ask for “clear and unambiguous statements” from the Chief Executive and the Leader of the Council as to what they knew about the plans for the development of Green Belt land at Kempton Park. All this is very clear on the recording (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJw0sjirWok ) and on the transcript (Document 67 attached.)

So we went to the subsequent meeting of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee on 9 September, to hear whether these statements would in fact be produced (despite there being no mention on the Agenda).

It didn’t happen. The Chair of the Committee had thought that a statement from the Head of Planning (Document 56a attached) had dealt with the matter. But the Head of Planning is not the Chief Executive nor the leader of the Council, and he had answered a question different to that which was asked.

Anyway, the Chair of the Committee has now promised to amend the minutes, and to publish a statement from the Chief Executive “as a matter of urgency”. (Document 69 attached.)

As to the review of the Local Plan: The nine councillors on the Local Plan Working Party voted 7-2 to recommend to the Cabinet that a review should take place. (See last week’s KKG Weekly Update.)The next meeting of the Cabinet is on 30 September.

Visit us at http://www.keepkemptongreen.com, Like our Facebook page, and Follow us on Twitter (links to both on the website). Leave your comments at all three.

 

Alan Doyle
for Keep Kempton Green