PS 74: Correspondence between Dai Oakley & Stephen Colegate re FoDDC Local Plan for Wind Power Generation

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PS – 74:

23-Sep > 07-Oct-2015
(PS 74: Correspondence between Dai Oakley & Stephen Colegate re FoDDC Local Plan for Wind Power Generation)



and The Senior Planning Officer of FoDDC.

In which correspondence the FoDDC Senior Planning Officer Stephen Colegate confirmed that FoDDC had no such plan, and that he had taken this into consideration, in his detailed and reasoned report, when advocating in the light of the facts, the law and Government recommendations that the application for a wind turbine, defiling the amenities in Stroat and clearly in opposition to the wishes and interests of the effected local community, should be rejected.

Also confirming his report and reasoning drawing attention to the recording of the Planning Committee meeting which failed to address the facts and the issues, in my opiniopn, and also in my opinion displayed the obdurate ineptitude of said committee to represent either the law, the spirit of the law or the interests and wishes of the effected community.

The ‘Effected Community’ being those contacted by the Council originally who are directly effected including:

The Community Against Severndale Wind Turbine Group
which includes 33 members of the immediate ‘effected community’ who are on the record as objectors:

AVERY-BROWN, Elizabeth-Avery & William – Wibdon Cottage, Stroat – approximately 700m from proposed turbine

BOLLEN, David – High Hall Farm – within 750m from proposed turbine

BOLT, Lisa – Everene Philpots Court within 700 m from proposed turbine

BROOKES, Tracey & Andy – Underwood Farm – within 800m of turbine

BROWN, Louella & David – The Waldins – within 650m of the turbine

CROSS, Nigel and Samantha 3 Philpots Court – within 700m from proposed turbine

DAVIDSON, Pam – The Garstons – within 750m from proposed turbine

ELSBY, Nigel & Linda, Stroat House, within 1.5km from proposed turbine

FORD, Claire & Roger – The steps – approximately 500m from proposed turbine

GOATMAN, Fiona & Robert – Beverstone Farm – approximately 1km from proposed turbine

HILLMAN, Robert & Alison Philpots Court Farm – within 700m from proposed turbine

HOLLIES, Lindsay & Mark – Chapel House, Hanley Lane – within 1km from proposed turbine

LANCE-WATKINS, Lee & Greg – Home Cottage Stroat – within 1.5km from proposed turbine

MAYO, Molly & Keith – Wibdon Farm – within 650 to 700m from from proposed turbine

NAIRNE, Andrew and Sue 4 Philpots Court – within 700m from proposed turbine

REES, James & Clare  – Greystones within 775m from proposed turbine

SMITH, Pam & David – Old Post Office within 900m from proposed turbine

WRIGHT, Sue and Peter – Little Wibdon, Stroat, approx. 500 – 550meters from proposed turbine

Minded that it is a relatively sparsely populated rural area, where numerous properties will be level with the blades on the overlooking slopes and clear visibility will be from Aust, Littlehampton, Thornbury, Rockhampton, Hill, Oldbury, Berkeley, Sharpness and beyond as it stands 50% taller than Gloucester Cathedral, undisguised by trees or other obstacles.

There would seem to be few if any supporters of the imposition of this turbine from within the community – other than those who have signed standard letters provided and vigorously solicited, by the applicants, either as potential direct beneficiaries in the scheme, tenants or employees of the applicant!

I also am minded that it is the right of each member of the effected community to act in their own interest and that of the community in registering their objection to the application as did their elected representatives on the Parish Council, who were clearly not influenced by the applicant being a part of that Council nor its planning committee, unlike the more distant FoDCC, who could not by the wildest stretch of the imagination be termed as members of the effected local community, any more than the applicants cosy agreement with the FoDDC to include totally uneffected individuals in a 5Km radius as was perversely claimed!

The redaction has been made temporarily, in the light of overt threats made, by the Council, against the member of the public Dai Oakley for having the temerity to provide the facts as I published them on this web site.

I would contend that the Council would seem to be seeking to suppress information that is publicly known and should be clarified in the public domain.

There is no doubt in my mind that this correspondence should not only be published but should feature on the FoDDC Portal regarding this application.

IF the Council is seeking to have clandestine conversation with individuals and seek to deny publication just what other secret deals have they done?

It does seem that with such correspondence being conducted in secret there is every possibility that correspondence with the applicant or their agents may also be kept from public view leading to a situation where bribes and pecunniary benefits could be obtained by Council staff or elected individuals in return for the granting of favour to applicants.

I have REDACTED this correspondence pending a response from FoDDC which I hope will undertake to make this correspondence available to all concerned on their own public portal and request that, for the sake of justice being seen to be done, request it is published on this site also.

I also would ask the Council for details of ALL other eMails, correspondence, phone communications and meetings that have taken place between any officer, staff or Councillor with the applicant or her agents on this matter – ALL such material should be in the public domain to preclude undue influence being brought on any individual to obtain approval of any application.

That the Council is and has been prepared to bring undue pressure on individuals to suppress facts is now a matter of proven fact. It is also likely to be a powerful plank in any subsequent legal action to ensure that the wishes and interests of the ‘effected community’ are upheld, and the guidelines of the Government are followed wherein it is stated that for any application for such wind turbines, being single or as part of a wind farm or as in this case being a part of a series of applications which will create a wind farm effect in the upper Severn Estuary, it MUST be compliant with the Council’s designated Local Plan establishing any suitable place for installing these monstrous edifices.

If the ethics and integrity of the FoDDC are to be seen to be present then I believe the Council has absolutely no option but to now publish ALL communications between the Council or its agents and the applicant and her agents.

I also believe that an apology is due to Mr. Oakley for the Council’s unethical attempt to bully and threaten him in order to suppress the facts regarding this application.

I am happy to confirm, in my own name, that I believe the Council has acted unethically in this matter and that due process would seem to have been corrupted, the Council would thus seem to have acted ‘ultra vires’ in passing this application and for these reasons I call on the Council to withdraw permission for this application to avoid the risk of huge costs that could ensue as a result of their failure to acquit their duty and public office.



We believe the information gathered on this site can act to bring the truth, regarding the dishonesty of the claimed benefits of Wind Turbines 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), areas of outstanding natural beauty (AoONB)

Please help to spread the truth about the Wind Turbine scam and the fundamental flaws and lies that are presented as ‘fact’ regarding the anthropogenic influence of mankind on Global Warming and Climate Chance.

Arm yourself with facts to defeat the biggest con of the late 20th and early 21st Century, and do please spread the truth and the URL of this site as widely as you can.

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