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PS – 62:
(PS-62: Media Coverage of 26-Aug-2015 & Comment Thereon)
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It is arguably true that communications in favour of this wind turbine being added to the Wind Farm associated with ‘Rersilliance’ was 2 to one in favour – however that included correspondence in the form of standard letters garnered by professional means and over the internet – including numbers accrued from Survey Monkey which garners responses around the world being an internet campaign.
As the planning report drawn up under the expertise of the designated planning officer Stephen Colegate stated the important factor was the ‘community effected’ and as the Government has made most clear such plans MUST address the concerns of the effected community and meet with their approval.
This wind turbine utterly failed to meet with the approval of the effected community, whether that is the community considered as those contacted by FoDDC Planning Department, those within a 1.5Km radius, those within a 3Km radius or even the ridiculous claim that those within a 5Km radius which includes the whole of Chepstow, St. Arvans and Tintern (none of whom are a part of the community which is remotely effected.
Even the FoDDC Planning Committee member from the parish clearly stated that ‘ … he lived in Tutshill and was no effected he wouldn’t even be able to see it’! The local representatives of the ‘effected community’ are Tidenham Parish Council and they overwhellmingly rejected the application on sound planning grounds.
It is noteworthy that as made clear by the planning officer Mr. Williams a deal was struck between the applicants and the Council to pretend that the effected community was that within a 5Km radius! Whether this was influenced by undue lobbying is a matter of speculation but it is clear thwet Resilliance and the applicant FoDDC Councillor Maria Edwards, who is newly appointed on the planning committee, have been all too willing to use techniques of persuasion that can be interpreted as bribery and blackmail, all be it they may be considered legal they are clearly unethical!
It is also worthy of note that the designated Planning Officer for this application strongly recommended against the granting of this application on various sound planning grounds, yet he was totally ignored by members of the planning committee. One should also be minded that as you will note from the recording of the Planning Meeting scant regard was given to facts and even less to planning considerations by the committee in reaching their decision.
I would contend that the entire proceedings of the meeting and much of the detail in its gathering and presentation of facts has been Ulta Vires and the decision of the FoDDC was most clearly suspect, I and others in attendance at the meeting were left with the clear impression that the meeting was corrupted and was most clearly not a professional, just and reasonable consideration of the facts – a fundamental tennet of British Law and thus democracy is that ‘Justice must be seen to be done’ – as an example of that the granting of this application is most clearly a disgrace, in my opinion.
That the applicant, Councillor Maria Edwards, recused herself from the committee meeting as having an interest in this application and two other applications is not in dispute, however her position as a member of the committee has put her in a position of embarrassment to her Party and her duty of care for those she claims to represent as a District Councillor for the very parish she opposes and the Conservative Party manifesto on which she was elected!
It was clearly considered an embarrassment by her as her spokesman at the meeting making the presentation in favour of the application was her husband who presented himself as ‘The Applicant’ which he was not!
It was also worthy of note that the some 100 individuals who were initially contacvted by the Council – all within 1.5Kms. of the site and considered to be the ‘effected community’ as defined in the Ministerial Statement of 18-Jun-2015 some 20 are tennants or employees of the applicant, District Councillor Maria Edwardsm and/or her husband.
It is also worthy of note that on a very clear column graph, whether one takes 1.5Kms, 3Kms or 5Kms the overwhellming majority of letters, including prewritten stereotype letters, the majority is very clearly and by a large percentage opposed to the application.
I will endeavour to obtain electronic versions of these graphs to place on this web site for your judgement – the details have been lodged with FoDDC and with Mark Harper MP.
One might also be minded to not, as shown in the recordings, that in the 11 other applications becore the committee on the 11-Aug-2015 the members of the committee, by and large, confined themselves to planning considerations giving mind to none of the flowery flights of fantasy and opinion prevelent in this application, and further, without exception, they took the advice of their own appointed professional officer as to whether it was appropriate to pass the application or not.
Personally I consider the handling of the application for a Wind Turbine on Hanley Hill in Stroat to have been corrupted and the decision made to have been unsound and possibly even corrupt and most clearly not in the spirit of democracy and nor has justice been seen to be done, therefore I would hope that the Minister has the wisdom to Call In The Application and set aside the granting of the suspect permission.
Clearly ‘Calling In’ would be in the best interests of all concerned as it would bring a halt to the matter and would avoid the inevitable embarrassment both on a political level and on a personal level that is likely when the truth is exposed by a Judicial Review, which is probable should the Minister fail to Call In The Application and overturn the granting of permission.
We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines (WT) to the front of people’s minds as they are regularly taxed, in a hidden tax, on their energy bills to fund these politically correct and fundamentally all but useless monstrosities.
We have gathered a great deal of information in our efforts to prevent the industrialisation of Stroat and the banks of the Severn Estuary and across the wider area including the Forest of Dean (FoD) as administered by The Forest of Dean District Council (FoDDC), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB), sites of special scientific interest (SSI) & wildlife habitats.
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