Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Newsletter put out by WASPS' Tony Sykes

Westbrook Against Selling Promenade Site (WASPS) Application VGA611

Our Application is on the Move
Hello supporters. Our village green application is on the move. There will be a notice in the KM Thanet Extra on 18 December 2009 stating that there has been an application and that any representations should be made to Miss Melanie McNeir, KCC, Invicta House, County Hall, Maidstone ME14 1XX. Please get as many supporters as possible to write in or e-mail to: commons.villagegreens@kent.gov.uk Our application is numbered VGA611.
Order of Process
The order of events will be as follows;
1. The final date for comments will be 5th February 2010.
2. The evidence will then be examined and any objections forwarded to me for comment.
3. It is likely that it will be subject to a hearing at the end of April or beginning of May 2010.
Developer’s Idea for site
As reported on the blog, in September we were asked to meet with a developer so he could explain a potential use for this land. A small group had a site meeting with him. The proposition was to lease this land to site 12 Eco Chalets on the plot of land between Barnes Car Park and the first slope to the West. The idea was to provide accommodation for people wanting to visit the Turner Centre. There was a frank exchange of views as it would have barred all public use of this land. It was voiced that this development would meet with very strong objection.

Likely Outcomes
If our application is successful then any future development will be stopped and the site will be able to be used as before.
If our application is unsuccessful then it is almost certain to be sold off and will be developed.
It is therefore important that we put forward our best case possible. The first step has already been taken with 145 of you supplying evidence in support giving us a very strong case. However there could be opposition to the application and we need to be prepared. Our ward councillors are keeping very quiet and will not comment whether they support our application. At this stage I am not sure what agenda they are following.
I am therefore asking for help in preparing our case ready for the hearing and also if possible attending the hearing to help put our case forward in the best possible way. Hopefully we can meet up in late February or March. If you are able to help in any way please contact me on 01843 223841 or alternatively e-mail me at tonysykes@talktalk.net .
Residents Association
The Westbrook and Westgate Residents Association are supporting us so if you are a member or wish to join, they meet on the second Monday in the month at 7.15pm at the WWRA building in the passage to the left of the Carlton Cinema Westgate. In the meantime I hope you all have a Happy Christmas and New Year.
Tony Sykes

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