WHISTON ACTION GROUP HAS MANAGED TO FORCE SMDC TO GRANT YOU MORE TIME TO LODGE ANY OBJECTIONS YOU HAVE TO THE PLANS TO DEVELOP MONEYSTONE QUARRY INTO A MASSIVE THEME PARK.
YOU NOW HAVE UNTIL THE 31st. JANUARY 2015 TO SEND IN OBJECTIONSSECRECY STILL SURROUNDS THE TRANSPORT REPORT OF MR.PAUL HURDUS OF SCC HIGHWAYS BUT WAG HAS GOOD EVIDENCE THAT LEADS IT TO BELIEVE HE IS GOING TO RECOMMEND THE GRANTING OF THE APPLICATION.
HIS REASONING IS NOT IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN YET BUT IT MUST BE PRESUMED THAT HE THINKS OUR LOCAL ROAD NETWORK CAN COPE WITH IN EXCESS OF 240,000 ADDITIONAL VEHICLES A YEAR VISITING A TOURIST PARK THAT IS OPEN 24/7x 365 DAYS A YEAR.
WAG’S OWN TRAFFIC CONSULTANT DISAGREES.
YOU WILL FIND HELPFUL GUIDANCE ON THE WAG WEB SITE ‘ Whison-Action-Group’
SEND ANY OBJECTIONS BEFORE 31/1/15 TO,
MR. MARK LYNCH
LEEK ST13 6HQ
There is sometimes a misunderstanding about whether you are entitled to lobby Parish, District or County Councillors.
1.The rules are simple. Of course you are entitled to lobby Councillors.
2.It is part and parcel of a healthy democratic society that allows for a free exchange of views on any subject that involves the administration of Government which you, through the ballot box and subject to the usual constitutional checks and balances, have delegated to Councillors to operate on your behalf.
3. In the case of SMDC Councillors, their own Constitution expressly states that they and Council employees are public servants.
4. To serve their public Councillors have to have a conduit to allow them to know what it is YOU want for your community. Lobbying is a legitimate part of that process. At National Government level full-time professional lobby groups,often financed by commercial interests, constantly try to shape the laws and policies that govern us. At local level it is no different so don’t feel bad about lobbying your Councillor.
5.If you are reasoned and proportionate in your arguments most Councillors will be receptive to your point of view. In the main they live locally and should have the same interests of protecting the Churnet Valley as you.
6.What Councillors have to do when they sit to determine any issue by vote is to declare, on the record, that they have been lobbied. As is made clear in a publication supported by virtually all district and county councils called ‘Probity in Planning’ they should also make it clear, again on the record, that they have not yet reached a decision on any particular matter until they have heard the full application in the properly constituted forum for making the decision. That is all they are required to do.
In the context of planning applications and the determination thereof there is an interesting and seemingly irreconcilable dichotomy between Planning Councillors and Planning Officers.
Like it or not, the vast majority of planning applications are determined under delegated powers by Planning Officers.
Where applicants seek pre-application consultations with planning officers it is very often- some would assert always- the case that those discussions take place under the cloak of ‘commercial confidentiality’. Most people would call that ‘Lobbying’.
Yet there seems to be no clear legal requirement that Planning Officers should disclose on the public record that they have been lobbied and/or have formed a view as to the granting of any particular application. Perhaps your councillors should be asked to reflect on this seeming imbalance of public accountability. Feel free to ask them.
- Alton Towers now. 250 at Moneystone next?
- And there are bound to be more later.
- Is this what you want for Moneystone?
- Your deadline for objections has just been extended.
- Fight for your democratic rights now.
- Laver has just announced that it ‘s proposing to improve the existing junction ( at A52/Whiston Eaves Lane) layout which will enhance visibility for all road users using the Whiston Eaves Lane Junction. Were you consulted about this proposal? Of course you weren’t.
- Have your say. Tell your district councillor you don’t want what Laver Leisure are offering.
‘Whiston Action Group comments on inappropriate development at Moneystone Quarry now being quoted with approval at a national conference – follow link below:-
Click on the link below to see a letter from SMDC to Lavers agent How Planning.
Did you know that Laver Leisure were having secret meetings with Council Planners ‘at various levels’ asking them to write the Core Strategy and the Churnet Valley Master Plan ” in a way that allowed them to bring forward Moneystone Quarry as a ‘key opportunity site’, ” as long ago as 2009/10?
Did your Councillors know?
Were the Residents consulted ? Of course not.
To this day SMDC are refusing to release the papers that will show which Council Planners did that to help Laver Leisure foist their plans upon residents.
Don’t you think Residents have a right to know what was promised in their name, without consultation and by unelected and unaccountable planning officers?
WAG encourages you to write and demand answers.
Please follow the below link for information on “Turbines we don’t need”.
Transport issues will be a key consideration for the Planning Committee when considering Laver’s proposals for Moneystone Quarry. All traffic will need to use either Whiston Eaves Lane, Blakeley Lane or Carr Bank. All three are narrow, winding country roads generating safety concerns. Poor visibility issues on tight bends, combined with the narrowness of the carriageway and absence of footpaths, present particular hazards.
To assist those members of the Planning Committee, who are not familiar with Moneystone Quarry, the following photographs showing the nature of Whiston Eaves Lane, Blakeley Lane and Carr Bank are made available to assist Councillors’ understanding of the reality of the considerable transport issues.
WHISTON EAVES LANE – A52 to the Quarry
BLAKELEY LANE – A52 to the Quarry
CARR BANK – Oakamoor to the Quarry