So determined is Protect our Little Corner to stop the development of Dunsfold airfield – the borough’s largest brown field site, in case you and they’ve forgotten! – that they’ve now dragged tax-payer funded Historic England into their increasingly bitter battle against the Dunsfold developers.
In yet another attempt to deter development at the old airfield the duplicitous diehards called in Historic England in order to try to persuade the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to list the entire airfield as a best preserved example of a World War II asset or, failing that, to list individual structures – such as the Control Tower and Bomb Stores – on the aerodrome. Did the forget the WW II lavatory?
Make no mistake, Protect Our Little Corner are throwing your Waverley Council Tax Payer money about like Smarties in their endeavours to save their own patch of the borough from development. In addition to trying to turn the aerodrome into a National treasure (AKA a Heritage Site) complete with its very own blue plaque, they’ve also sought and gained permission for a Judicial Review – another very costly Council Tax Payer money funded exercise …
… because Your Super-Efficient Waverley forgot – yes, that’s right, FORGOT! – to add a decision made by The Executive plonkers, on 2nd of December 2014 into its Constitution!
Who were the Plonkers present: On 2nd December 2014?
Councillor Robert Knowless (Chairman); Cllr Tom House-Martin (Vice Chairman); Cllr Julia Gone-to-Potts; Cllr Brain You-wouldn’t-Adams-and-Eve-it; Cllr Donal O’Neill Cllr Adam-I’m-On-my-way-to-make-squillions-Taylor-Smith; Cllr Oh! Carole King; Cllr Simon Thornton.
Read the details here: Cranleigh’s voice has spotted that mistake – that might be getting… BIGGER!
At the Executive on 6th June 2017 – having now had the benefit of obtaining even more costly Tax-Payer-Funded legal advice – the council will vote to rectify its mistake!
As a little bit of background: This is taken from the Council Minutes.
In January 2008 the Joint Planning Committee had 48 members.
To improve its efficiency it was dropped to 23.
Then it met on an ad hoc basis.
Due to poor attendance levels (Mostly only half turned up) it was decided to introduce ‘SUBSTITUTES’ – (to ensure the committee is well represented by members across the Borough when dealing with large-scale planning applications, particularly when a number of apologies have been received. It is envisaged the arrangements will maintain the political balance and the geographical spread on the JPC.)
Now listen very carefully – we will say this only once:
ALL members of the Area Planning Committees, who are not members, will be listed as Substitutes.
Upon receipt of any apology from a member of the JPC by noon on the day of the meeting, substitute members will be arranged by the Democratic Services Team;
A substitute will be called from the same Area Planning Committee as the member giving their apology from the JPC.
The member must from the same political group as the member giving an apology and in the event that no substitute is available, no substitution will be made for that member.
It was AGREED. With effect from January 2015.
UNFORTUNATELY SOMEONE FORGOT TO INCLUDE IT INTO THE COUNCIL’S CONSTITUTION WHICH IS WHY Protect Our Little Corner NOW BELIEVE THEY CAN SCUPPER THE DUNSFOLD PARK APPLICATION, THE LOCAL PLAN AND EVERY OTHER BLOODY PLANNING APPLICATION THAT THE NUMPTIES AT YOUR WAVERLEY HAVE BEEN SHOVING THROUGH AT A RATE OF KNOTS.
NO WONDER FARNHAM HAS GIVEN THE DUMB & DUMBER BRIGADE AT YOUR WAVERLEY A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE … WITH CRANLEIGH FOLLOWING HARD ON THEIR HEELS LAST WEEK!