Friday, 31 December 2010
Dear Mr.Brazier, I am amazed to see that KCC are now in the process of consulting people for their views on the future program for the above. The web site says your views are important and this is the Big Society in action. I am amazed at the sheer cheek of KCC for just as recently as 15th.March at the Planning Committee meeting to determine the application for Otterpool Quarry the views of the 96% of the villagers of Sellindge who signed a petition against this site were totally ignored. As were the objections of the Parish Council, all adjoining Parish Councils, Shepway District Council, even Susan Carey our Kent County Cllr, together with Damian Collins our M.P. Also three members of the Committee were asleep for the duration of the meeting and woke up in time to vote against our wishes. THE SHEER CHEEK OF KENT COUNTY COUNCIL IS UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT ABOUT A RETHINK ON THE DECISION THEREFORE AND LET THE BIG SOCIETY BE HEARD IN RETROSPECT BY OVERTURNING THE DECISION AND LET DEMOCRACY PREVAIL. HOW TWO FACED CAN YOU GET?????
- The lack of a village centre or heart
- The physical and social disconnection between various areas of the village
- Improvements the residents would like to see to improve the quality and safety of the A20 such as crossing points and traffic calming
- Print the questionnaire (black and white) by clicking on the link at the top of the 2nd coloured section down in the right-hand column
- Complete in pen, and then
- Put in the post using the FREEPOST address (or if you prefer using a first class stamp)
To return to here, after clicking on the links in the right hand column, just click on the back arrow at the top left of the page.
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Sunday, 12 December 2010
At the exhibition, they presented their findings to date via 6 exhibition boards.
"Each of the 6 boards can be found by going directly to that board's link within the 2nd coloured Section in the right-hand column entitled "Sellindge Future - Meeting 10th/11th December - Exhibition Boards".
Once you have finished viewing each of the 'Boards' just click on the back arrow at the top left of your screen to return to here, the "Home Page" and then click on the next Exhibition Board link, and so on.
A copy of these boards and all other information can be found via Urban Initiatives' website for the future of Sellindge, found in the 'Recent Updates' section on the right - 6th coloured bar down, 6th item down within that.
We can vote for one of two proposals or, instead, we can tell them we do not want any change or provide a further option. Whatever we decide to do, crucial planning developments, which will radically change our village permanently, will all be determined during the next two months.
This is our opportunity to provide our views. Questionnaires must be returned by 7th January 2011.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
- the date and times of the exhibition at Sellindge Village Hall
- the Process so far
- what is the Future about? and
- gives you the opportunity to have your say
Once you have finished viewing the 4 pages just click on the back arrow at the top left of your screen to return to here, the "Home Page".
Sellindge and District Residents Association
KCC are going to list the Countrystyle Application to turn Otterpool Quarry into a huge Waste Treatment and Anaerobic Digester site on 20th January 2011 at County Hall Maidstone. This means much preparation in December and early January. Urban Initiatives, the planning consultants who Shepway DC have appointed to reshape our village, are going to present their findings in the Village Community Hall on the 10th (pm) and 11th December. We can vote for one of two proposals or, instead, we can tell them we do not want any change. Whatever we decide to do, crucial planning developments, which will radically change our village permanently, will all be determined during the next two months.
Here in Sellindge most villagers have a real sense of responsibility and a concern for future generations to come, as is clear from the response to our Questionnaire. Completed Questionnaire forms are still arriving but provisional results indicate a huge majority – some 85% - for establishing a new Village Green opposite the Post Office and Co-op in the field that once, was our common land until the Reverend Champney with others ‘enclosed’ it in the early 19th century. Another huge majority – a mega 95% - have voted for keeping our open spaces and existing views between houses. After all, this is the character of our village. Oh yes, and many many thanks to the anonymous person who sent me a suspicious bundle of Questionnaires all voting against the Village Green idea, yet un-typically not one name appears on them – anyway we are honest and we have included them in the statistics. Were these suspicious Questionnaires not included then the percentage of villagers voting positively for a village green would be over 90%. In short, while some of us are prepared to accept limited change towards a real improvement in the village – only the land owners and their associates appear to think that selling large chunks of their land for mega development, where ever it is, will make us a more beautiful and safer village. No surprise there then. Many thanks to all who have completed the Questionnaire and, to those who have just not got round to it, please do so. We shall reply to all messages sent to us although there are so many, it may take a while.
It continues to amaze me that serious consideration is being given to a proposal to build a large industrial site for the purpose of processing dangerous waste – it really is a danger to water, air and earth, let alone to people – right in between three villages all regarded as major areas for housing development and population growth. This dreadful proposal could have been halted by the Environment Agency. Their duty is to protect the Environment so as to protect us here in Sellindge, Lympne and Stanford. They are failing to do so. Julie and Patrick Breen who run the Airport Café are just 50 metres from the site and directly opposite the entrance so that everyone of the 170 HGV’s entering and leaving the Quarry each day will be belching fumes and filth over anyone still brave enough to eat there. Julie serves up to 300 customers each day and her family have run that Café for over 70 years. Surely, the Environment Agency have a duty to protect the Breens and their Café along with the rest of us?
Ronald Lello – Chairman Sellindge Residents Association
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