Draft Statement of Community Involvement – KKG Response

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Last month Spelthorne Council published their Draft Statement of Community Involvement.

We welcome this opportunity to submit our comments on that Draft.

In drawing up this submission, we have taken advice from a specialist solicitor in the field of Public Law, and a leading QC in the field of Public, Planning and Environmental Law.

We refer also to a petition of almost 500 signatures from all corners of Spelthorne endorsing the overall purpose of this submission, as follows:

We, the undersigned, call on Spelthorne Council to start “working with” local communities without any further delay.

Many thanks to all who signed it, and who contributed to the KKG Fighting Fund

In summary:

*          The Draft Statement of Community Involvement does not go far enough to satisfy the requirements of the relevant legislation and guidance for community involvement

*          Consultation must be undertaken at a time when proposals are still at a formative stage

*          Consultation must include sufficient reasons for particular proposals to allow those consulted to give intelligent consideration and an intelligent response

*          Adequate time must be given for this purpose

*          The product of consultation (including the current consultation on the Draft Statement of Community Involvement) must be conscientiously taken into account when the ultimate decision is taken

These summary points are discussed in detail in the submission document. Click here to read it.

To read the Council’s Draft document, click here .

 

 

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Inbox, Pending, Outbox

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Dear Neighbour

1.    Last week we wrote to the Leader of Spelthorne Council ( click here )  asking whether he had written to Surrey County Council to correct a map produced by them which labelled Kempton Park as a “Housing Growth Site”.

Below is Cllr Watts’ reply:

From: Watts, Robert (Councillor)
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2015 12:22 PM
To: ‘keepkemptongreen@hotmail.co.uk’
Subject: Kempton Park – Housing Growth Site
 
Dear Mr Doyle
 
Thank you for your email dated 18 March.
 
You will be pleased to know that myself and other colleague Councillors did indeed tell Surrey County Councillors and staff at the Local Committee to which you refer, that Spelthorne does not recognise Kempton Park as a major housing site because it is Green Belt.
 
Furthermore, my Borough/Surrey County Councillor for Sunbury – Tim Evans has written to David McNulty in relation to this matter.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Robert Watts.
 
Cllr Robert Watts CEng., MICE., MCIWEM., MBA
Leader of the Council
Shepperton Town Ward

2.    We are still awaiting a reply from Kempton Park itself as to the causes of the dead bird found inside a landfill-gas monitoring tube on their estate. ( click here )

3.    The KKG submission in response to the Draft Statement of Community Involvement will be sent to the Council very shortly. We will publish it on the KKG website in the next day or so once it has been sent.

 

Kind regards
Keep Kempton Green

 

 

 

Kempton Park – Housing Growth Site

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KKG – Document 94

We have written today, as below, to the Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council. We await his response:

Cllr Robert Watts                                                             18 March 2015
Leader, Spelthorne Borough Council

By email to cllr.watts@spelthorne.gov.uk
cc: KKG mailing list

Dear Councillor Watts

On 17 November last year you attended, alongside some of the Spelthorne County Councillors, a closed-to-the-public meeting of the Spelthorne Local Committee – the joint Committee with Surrey County Council to discuss matters of importance to Spelthorne.

At that meeting, County officials briefed you all on aspects of the Surrey County Council Transport Review, which is currently being conducted. As part of your briefing notes, you were all given the attached map, entitled:

Surrey Transport Review – Commercial/TFL, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Bus Routes: Spelthorne

You will have noticed at the meeting that this map clearly shows Kempton Park to be a “Housing Growth Site” of the scale of 1500 units.

At the Kempton Park Public Meeting on 3 February 2015, you and some of your fellow Councillors and Spelthorne officials made emphatic and unambiguous statements that there will be no housing development on Green Belt land at Kempton Park.

You will also be very aware of the budgetary pressures on Surrey County Council, which subsidises bus services in Spelthorne alone to the tune of more than £2 million annually.

We assume, therefore, that you have written to Surrey County Council informing them that Kempton Park is not, in fact, a Housing Growth Site, and that there is therefore no need for Surrey County Council to make expensive provision for extra potential bus journeys to and from Kempton Park.

Please could we see a copy of your correspondence with Surrey dealing with this matter.

Yours

 

Alan Doyle
(for Keep Kempton Green)

Unnatural gas?

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Dear Neighbour

Some time ago, a number of grey plastic tubes were installed on the eastern half of the Kempton Park estate. They look like the above.

These grey plastic tubes are covers. They are placed over smaller green steel pipes which are sunk into the ground. These green pipes have circular steel cover plates which are padlocked shut. The grey plastic tubes are considerably taller than the protruding lengths of the green steel pipes.

Part of the Kempton Park estate was at one stage used for landfill. Our understanding is that the purpose of these pipes is to measure gas from possible areas of landfill.

Some weeks ago a large area of land was cleared by bulldozers, as part of the feasibility studies for a residential development at Kempton Park. Once it was cleared, another of these pipes – previously hidden by the vegetation – was revealed:

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A green glass chemical sample-testing bottle was lying in the grass just to the side of it:

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And inside this particular grey cover tube, lying on top of the green steel cover plate, was the not-long-dead corpse of what appears to be a sparrowhawk:

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We have asked Kempton Park for an explanation and they have promised to respond as soon as they can.

Kind regards
Keep Kempton Green