Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Next Chapter for the Yank…

I am now tucking into the first actual political campaign since I got elected 2 years ago. When I got elected, I knew less than nothing about how one would do this. So fortunately my mate Darryl came along and showed me just how to knock on every door in Frimley Green and how to get yourself elected. I’d never done anything like that before and had a whale of a good time. I just loved poking fun at the misguided efforts of those in all the parties, including my own the Conservatives… I was more surprised than anyone when they read out my name at the “count”, and remember thinking, me, really??? A councillor??? A real live politician??? So ok, what do we do now???

So I found out the hard way that some of the players take this election stuff quite seriously. Many require it as an affirmation of their self worth. Really??? Yes really, if you say or do something they don’t like then you are doomed to destruction. So, in the last 2 years several of them have tried that and certainly lived to regret it. It’s been interesting seeing how it works from the inside, particularly as a start-up business person. Business people take winning much more seriously than public servants, not right or wrong, just different…

The candidate in Frimley Green doesn’t want my help, and Denis Fuller asked for it, so I am helping him in the St. Michaels ward of Camberley. So far have met a bunch of new people, and looks to be another great chapter in David’s grand political adventures. For the next month will be blogging about our journey down Denis’s campaign trail… My main job is to make sure no one takes themselves too seriously…

Want to have your say on the Council’s Performance and Finances? Come next week…

Want to have your say on the Council’s Performance and Finances? Come to our next meeting next week of the Performance and Audit Scrutiny Committee;  Meeting date: Mar 27 2013 7:00PM, Venue: Council Chambers

Let me know if there are any comments you have for me to bring forward on:

Financial Statements Audit Plan for 2012/13 Available on SHBC Site

  • Annex A Available on SHBC Site

Scrutiny Meeting

Minutes – 23 January 2013 To confirm and sign the open minutes of the Audit and Scrutiny meetings held on 23 January 2013 (copy Available on SHBC Site).

Audit Available on SHBC Site

Scrutiny Available on SHBC Site

Declarations Of Interest: Members are invited to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and non-pecuniary interests they may have with respect to matters which are to be considered at this meeting

Scrutiny of Portfolio Holders – Corporate Available on SHBC Site

The Councils Finances as at 31 December 2012 Available on SHBC Site

Committee Work Programme 2013/14 Available on SHBC Site

Planning Continued, the rest of the 13/3 meeting…

So the meeting last week went so long that it had to be continued last night.  So here are the remaining issues and how I voted on them:

*WAT 138 FRIMLEY ROAD, CAMBERLEY, GU15 2QN 2012/0844 07 62

  • Planners Recommendations: grant permission
  • Issues of Contention: opening days of Christmas and Easter
  • How I voted: approve, unanimous
  • Why: no reason not to, would add business to the Frimley Road, which is much needed

*WES WEST END GARAGE 133-141 GUILDFORD ROAD, WEST END, WOKING, GU24 9LS #2012/0858

  • Planners Recommendations: grant permission
  • Issues of Contention: none
  • How I voted: approve, unanimous
  • Why: the site is currently in a derelict condition and drastically needs overhauling

 

*WAT CRABTREE PARK, CRABTREE ROAD, CAMBERLEY 2012/0870 09 73

  • Planners Recommendations: pumping station that requires our approval, recommending approval, as are essential works
  • Issues of Contention: none
  • How I voted: approve,
  • Why: need to ensure that there is sufficient pumping power on the reclaimed land

*TOW 86 HIGH STREET, CAMBERLEY, GU15 3RS 2013/0037

  • Planners Recommendations: approve
  • Issues of Contention: change of use from and off-license and take away to a betting office, big issue with the use of these gaming machines, as they are terribly addictive for young people.  Matter is of national importance.
  • How I voted: approve, carried 12-1
  • Why: no good reason not to and it has been vacant for 5 years 

*MYT LAWRENNY, 10 MYTCHETT PLACE ROAD, MYTCHETT, CAMBERLEY, GU16 6DF #2013/0047

  • Planners Recommendations: approve
  • Issues of Contention: none
  • How I voted: approve, approved by 12-1
  • Why: no reason not to 

*CHO POPLAR GROVE, SANDPIT HALL ROAD, CHOBHAM, WOKING, GU24 8HA #2013/0048

  • Planners Recommendations: approve, needed to be done to deal with already permitted development rights
  • Issues of Contention: owner is a SHBC Councillor, so needs to come to this committee, question is why is this really needed? Issue is the greenbelt.
  • How I voted: approve, approved 10-3
  • Why: make things easier to enforce greenbelt issues in future

Why I voted as I did, Planning Meeting 13/03/20133

Why I voted as I did, Planning Meeting 13/03/2013

BIS THE SPORTS GROUND, CHURCH LANE, BISLEY, WOKING, GU24 9EA #2012/0639:

Planners Recommendations: turn down

Issues of Contention: unsuitable development of the greenbelt

How I voted: against; result: 12-2

Why: a less intrusive development was turned down and upheld on appeal, it is not necessary, It is a commercial development, and the interruption to the local residents is unnecessary

FRI LAND AT, LYON WAY, FRIMLEY, CAMBERLEY, GU16 7ER #2012/0719

Planners Recommendations: approve, but with issue of drainage being solved

Issues of Contention: drainage, traffic

How I voted: approve, unanimous

Why: this is the parking for Frimley Park Hospital, and very necessary

LIG 38 GUILDFORD ROAD, LIGHTWATER, GU18 5SN 2012/0766 03 18

Planners Recommendations: approve

Issues of Contention: many residents are opposed to it because of the local parking considerations, noise etc. Residents do not object to the dance studio, just the parking.  Even Richard Wilson supported the application, most articulately.

How I voted: for, measure approved by 11-2, 1 abstention

Why: this is a good business for the village of Lightwater, there is no material planning reason to turn this down. Ms. Bowen was very well spoken.

STP 1 LIME AVENUE, CAMBERLEY, GU15 2BS 2012/0785

Planners Recommendations: refuse, it is so huge it would tower over the neighbourhood

Issues of Contention: it is dominating in form, and unnecessary

How I voted: to turn down, matter was unanimous

Why: it was turned down and refused on appeal, it is totally out of character

MYT 103 MYTCHETT ROAD, MYTCHETT, CAMBERLEY, GU16 6ES #2012/0812

Planners Recommendations: approve subject to some considerations,

Issues of Contention: feeling that convenience store is not necessary, people will park in the front and block the road.  There are already 4 convenience stores there, too much now.  Does not really give any more choice

How I voted: against, unanimous vote against

Why: contrary to SCC traffic proposal, as by Mrs. Chapman, and too many stores there now…

 

FRI FORMER BAE SYSTEMS, LYON WAY, FRIMLEY, CAMBERLEY, GU16 7ER #2012/0821

Planners Recommendations: approve

Issues of Contention: see below…

How I voted: I was not allowed to vote as it was determined that I had a disclosable pecuniary interest as a homeowner by the monitoring officer

 Issues:

  1. Gate onto Station Road
  2. Cycleway on Station Road
  3. # people there during lunch breaks etc.
  4. Publication of SH flood assessment risk in 2008 after the floods of 2007 gives many reasons not to do this.
  5. 74% water is severely polluted on the current run off
  6. Section 6-2 of report on “necessary development”
  7. Sec 6-1, flooding from other sources should be considered at all sites using a Sequential Approach, as advocated by PPS25. In applying the Sequential Approach to other sources of flooding, development should be steered toward areas considered to be at a lower probability of flooding. As such careful consideration should be given to the suitability of sites where there has been a higher concentration of incidents reported or identified

Matter was deferred until the next meeting when County Highways can be brought into this

All other matters deferred until next meeting at 18/03/13, as the above matters took us to over 10:00 pm.

“Man of the Match”, Ian Sams

Last night at the SHBC Planning Meeting, the “man of the match” was clearly Ian Sams, councillor for Frimley, where I live…  I got into politics to right some of the wrongs that were becoming more obvious by the day in Frimley, 3 years ago.  Like many others, I was tired of seeing what we perceived to be the inaction by the Council shredding our little village and way of life.  The list of problems is too long to waste any time on, and both myself and some of my colleagues, the “new boys (and girls)” have tackled many of the issues with the social media “big guns”, and pure activism.  Sometimes successfully, sometimes not…

Well, Ian has been a Councillor longer than half of his voters have been alive.  And like most, we discount anything the “old dogs” say as just the blah blah blah of the status quo.  So, last week when Paul Deach and I (and Katia Malcaus) did the Social Media seminar, who should be there but Ian Sams…  Ian???  We didn’t think he could even do email, much less the rest, and has he ever proven us wrong…  Last night he was not some “back room” politician, he made the full case for the residents of Frimley vs. the big development that Kier is trying to put through on Lyon Way.  He was passionate, animated, and very forceful.  And in the end, he won the day for the residents.  The matter has been delayed a month to hear from the County Highways people.  More on that later, but for today, call him, email him, tweet him and tell him well done…