Crest Nicholson get Licence to Kill…bats! And if you link into the comments box – you can hear the debate which was very kindly sent to us here at the WW by Mushroom Management. Presumably, because they (WBC) keep most people in the dark and throw a bucket of sh*t over them?
Lies, damned lies, and no proper statistics – for the endangered bat population of Blightwells, Farnham’s infamous multi-million-pound development in East Street.
Easing into her new role as part of the England Team and with Nikes at the ready, Chief Planning Officer put the boot in on councillors in readiness for her World Cup debut, when they dared to ask too many questions and took more than their allotted four minutes on Crest Nicholsons’s planning application to mitigate the loss of habitat and “protect” the Blightwells bat population.
Whilst everyone is aware from previous surveys that there are bats in the Redgrave Theatre, the Blightwells Cottage, The Marlborough Head, and elsewhere on the site all either demolished or awaiting the swinging ball, – there is to be NO MITIGATION – for the loss of the Maternity Roost, NO BAT HOUSE, as previously agreed with Crest Nicholson just a handful of aluminium poles stuck up around the site with bat boxes on the top!
There will be no bat houses to replace the maternity roost despite calls from rebellious councillors Farnham Residents’ Jerry Hyman and John Ward, Paul “fearsome” Follows, and Cranleigh Tory Liz Townsend, who was sitting on the Joint Planning Committee for the first time and who might just have to watch her seat! Disobeying Betty Boot on your first outing!
Watch out Liz, or we might have to start referring to Cranleigh’s ‘Liz as the Biz.”
There were some lovely quotes from councillors:- here’s just a few to make you smile.
“If we go ahead and grant this… it could be A LICENCE TO KILL – BATS!
Godalming’s Paul Follows: “Isn’t it an offence to disrupt or injure roosting bats.”
Cranleigh’s Liz Townsend: ‘How will the bats survive if the Blightwells Cottage is demolished?”
Anna James (Chiddingfold): “I’m quite happy to grant this application as it stands.” In other words Bug**r the Bats!
John Ward (Farnham)”If we don’t have a maternity wing- we may not have any more little bats.”OH! and I object to the Chairman asking us at the start of this meeting to “curtail the debate.”
Jerry Hyman (Farnham) – “It’s not rocket science if they, (the developers and the planning officers) don’t care about endangered species, and the environment – what do they care about?”
You may well ask – WWethinks … letting developers do whatever they like?
Planning Officer: “Natural England has issued a licence, and under the terms of that licence the developer cannot damage bats. Followed by: “Natural England have not actually assessed it?”
Betty Boot: Then dons her steel toecap Nike’s saying:”We are quite confident about our recommendation to approve this application because it is sound. and… In the big scheme of things, this is an insignificant matter”
Here’s what many Farnam people think!
And… didn’t our Betty do well last night in her first World Cup game against Tunisia? But, she gets a lot more practice than most of the team, she puts the boot in on a daily basis.
However, we have just heard from one of her fans, that it isn’t her fault – she is just doing her Master/Mistresses bidding!