NEAPTIDE PROJECTS

(Salcombe) Ltd

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Neaptide Projects Ltd


The Studio at Myrana, Drake Road, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8GE, United Kingdom

Telephome: +44 (0)1548 843329

E Mail: david@neaptide.co.uk

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THE BLOCK VOTE CAMPAIGN

Following mention of the Block Vote Campaign last February, and with its mission statement to improve The Localism Act 2011; organiser, David Cohen believes the ‘time has come’ to invite public interest and hopefully participation in a project which aims to Petition Parliament for meaningful changes to the legislation. And so a first Open Meeting is planned for Tuesday 17th November at Salcombe Primary School, starting at 6.30 for 7.00pm; with follow ups intended for neighbouring communities, where town and parish councils have made known their support. David explains:


“Several things have conspired to bring this ‘Help Salcombe Help Itself’ plea; the most recent catalyst being a planning permission that’s been granted for the former Gas Works site at Gould Road, which paves the way for a new supermarket, with residential units over. As a citizen of many years in Salcombe, I find it incomprehensible that a proposal our Town Council considered inappropriate, should succeed at the applicants second (albeit altered) ‘try’, and what has happened begs a number of questions as to the process that’s called ‘the planning system’. We have a supermarket in Loring Road, we have a great mix of traders in the town centre, and we have a popular Co-op in Malborough; against which it was always hoped the site would be used for employment, compatible with marine and other creative activities. However, at no time have I ever (personally) blamed an applicant, whether as a developer, or say a home owner. Any fault with a decision made is ultimately down to ‘most everyone’, except the Town and Parish Councils, who have absolutely no powers, beyond making a recommendation. Not exactly how most people saw the meaning of legislated and meaningful ‘empowerment’, whilst for our town to have ‘no vote’ is plain undemocratic, and akin to members of a 12 person jury in a murder trial, who, after returning a verdict of ‘guilty as sin’, hear the judge tell them they’re all wrong, before he lets the accused go free! So it really is time for change in the communities, and to call for a ‘vehicle’ which empowers: ie, a vote! I hope you’ll feel able to lend your support.


As to the ‘specifics’, The Block Vote Campaign aims to Petition Parliament for Town and Parish Councils to have a vote of (say) 35% in the decision making pie, alongside being treated as Stakeholders instead of Consultees. Of course such a change won’t guarantee that all our wishes will be granted, but it puts us within striking distance of success, provided our District Councillors support us. There’s also a secondary proposal on the table, which says that all applicants who decide to appeal against a planning refusal, (or a consent with unacceptable conditions), shall bear all the costs of the case, irrespective of its outcome. This should help remove the fear Councils so often worry about, which is that an Inspector finds in favour of the appellant, and the taxpayers pick up the tab for a failed case. Freed to make the best decision, the best decision will hopefully be made!


Finally, for those who think the Campaign is a lost cause before it starts, I’d remind everyone, that we felt the same way in 1999, when plans to build on Whitestrand were stopped by a whirlwind campaign, which brought about a Petition response that someone suggested was greater than the turnout for a general election. With the then support of the press, radio, television and our Member of Parliament, the planning process was halted, and our precious waterside square was saved for whatever best use the community will decide upon, when the moment is right. So I’ll suggest that if we can quickly get say 2000 signatures in Salcombe, we can then approach our neighbouring communities so the ‘impossible can inch towards becoming ‘the possible’, and I hope as many as can attend the first event will attend, and look forward to meeting past veterans, and new supporters


David Cohen


THE FUTURE OF SALCOMBE


The Localism Act 2011 Empowers Local Communities

To Help Shape Their Future.

However It Fails To Make Us Stakeholders With A Vote,

Which Leaves Us Still As Consultees

With Nothing But An Opinion.


TO DISCUSS PETITIONING PARLIAMENT


FOR TOWN AND PARISH COUNCILS TO HAVE A BLOCK VOTE WORTH 35% IN THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS, AGAINST OUR CURRENT STAKE WHICH IS BASICALLY 0%


PLUS


TO SECURE PROVISIONS WHICH ENSURE THAT ALL COSTS INCURRED IN THE HEARING AND DETERMINATION OF PLANNING APPEALS WILL BE CHARGED TO THE APPELLANT, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE OUTCOME


CONTACT

DAVID COHEN

TELEPHONE: 01548 843329 – Email: puddimouse@yahoo.co.uk


(OTHER NEIGHBOUR MEETINGS TO BE ANNOUNCED)