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BOUGHTFLOWER'S ADMINISTRATION SET TO COST THE COUNCIL £9K A WEEK IN PROPERTY DELAYS
The report states: The risks of not agreeing development schemes are very significant, and cannot be under-estimated. If the developments do not proceed it will fundamentally affect the future of the Council through: (a) Increased budgetary and financial pressures (b) Lower levels of affordable housing (c) Reduction and delay in development activity (d) An increased risk the Local Plan cannot deliver the required housing numbers and is found ‘unsound’
Cllr Boughtflower's administration are delaying property projects which are costs the Council £9k a week.
The implications of this administration's procrastination and weakness to make decisions Is very serious for our emerging local plan which according to the council’s report will impact on the Local Plan and Green Belt.
1.13 It is clear that if Council development schemes are not agreed by this ECM to go into the capital programme, the early years of the plan will under-deliver on housing numbers. Put simply this means that more sites will have to be identified over and above the number actually required to meet the current annual number of 606 units pa in order for the plan to be found sound.
1.14 Council owned sites are expected to deliver a significant proportion of the identified housing need over the Local Plan period. The six sites under consideration this evening will contribute 444 units to the 5-year land supply and a further 264 units are projected to be delivered in years 6-15. Overall, they account for 19% of the total SLAA sites and therefore our supply as a whole
1.15 Failing to agree to move forward on these six schemes could affect the Green Belt. If there are not sufficient sites to otherwise meet the housing supply in the developed area then this will undoubtedly lead to a greater pressure through the Examination process to release additional Green Belt land to compensate (with all the additional environmental implications which will also fall out as a result).Green Belt. If there are not sufficient sites to otherwise meet the housing supply in the developed area then this will undoubtedly lead to a greater pressure through the Examination process to release additional Green Belt land to compensate (with all the additional environmental implications which will also fall out as a result).
REPORTING GREEN BOXES
Virgin Media boxes
For the last few months Cllr Rybinski and Sexton have been investigating and urging the Council to support a clean up of the green boxes which have fallen into disrepair around the borough. The link below is an easy way of reporting these boxes.
Responding to today’s Spending Review announcement, Cllr Marianne Overton MBE, Leader of the LGA Independent Group says:
IS THE GREEN BELT SAFE WITH THE CONSERVATIVES?
At a recent Planning meeting the Conservatives on the Planning committee voted en bloc to GRANT an application for the building of a housing estate on Green Belt land. This was unprecedented and was contrary to the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) and the council Local Plan. ALL opposition councillors, led by Cllr Richard Smith-Ainsley and Cllr Helen Harvey voted down this proposal and moved REFUSAL of the proposal. Despite Conservative opposition this motion was approved. Conservatives were vociferous in their despair, trying without success to use procedural matters to prevent the proposal being refused. The Green Belt is NOT safe with the Conservatives.
Lest we Forget
Cllrs Ian and Helen Harvey remember at Sunbury memorial
NITROUS OXIDE GAS CANISTERS
Majority Conservatives fail to support gas canister motion.
URGENT – THREAT TO LOCAL DEMOCRACY REMAINS
Support for RASSU
You may have heard that the Government have scuppered Surrey County Council’s bid for a “Single Unitary Surrey”. However, Surrey CC Leader Tim Oliver has made it clear that they will continue to work towards this. Let’s be clear this would mean dissolving all Boroughs and Districts (including Spelthorne) and combining them into ONE Surrey Council, of 1.2m residents likely run from Reigate. Hardly local to us!
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT!
United Spelthorne Group
We were all elected to represent and serve you, the residents of Spelthorne to the best of our ability and we pledge to continue to do so. Unfortunately, it was not possible to do that whilst remaining in the Conservative Party.
Spelthorne Borough Council
The Council has taken all necessary steps to ensure that it abides by the law in all its transactions and it is refuted that the Council has acted unlawfully. This is still an on-going matter between the Council and KPMG and no conclusions have been reached by either side. If you require further information the Council has a statement on its website. See below link.
RESIDENTS AGAINST SURREY SINGLE UNITARY
Read more about this campaign and
sign the petition at https://rassu.org.uk/
This is a once in a lifetime battle to keep local decisions in the hands of local people. A small group of powerful insiders are conspiring to create the largest local authority in Europe. Controlled by them.
Tidying up Spelthorne - 3rd Sept Cllrs Sexton, Brar and Bateson joined with ANRA and Shirley Lunn & Kelly Emma McKenna of Spelthorne Litter Pickers, with other residents to collect 34 bags of rubbish in Ashford north ward
On 3rd September, Cllr Sexton, Brar and Bateson teamed up with ANRA and Shirley Lunn & dedicated residents, to pick up litter. They collected 34 bags of rubbish. Future pick ups will be arranged in order to keep Spelthorne tidy and put residents first.
SPELTHORNE COUNCILLORS VOTE TO IMPLEMENT A COMMITTEE MODEL OF GOVERNANCE
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CLLR HELEN HARVEY'S SPEECH
30th July 2020
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LEAVING THE CONSERVATIVES
Departure of Councillors has ended 45 years of Conservative Majority Rule in Spelthorne
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9th June 2020 - sent between 3pm-5.30pm
OPEN LETTER TO THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Southern Light Rail
Building 1200 homes in 5 years
Balanced approach to protecting green belt
Post Covid-19 task force
Youth challenges & solutions
Dog fouling campaign & canister clear up
Delivering homeless, emergency, affordable key worker and market rentals.
Leading the way for "Build to Rent"
Staines town centre regeneration
Cross borough transport links
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