Why I voted as I did planning meeting 27.05.15


Development: Krooner Park and land at Crabtree Park: applications 1-4
• Planners Recommendations: grant subject to conditions
• Issues of Contention: long history of contention
• How I voted: for, matter carried by 10-5
• Why: the main issues have been addressed and it is being sent to the Secretary of State for consideration

Development: Whitehill Farm, Kings Ride
• Planners Recommendations: grant subject to conditions
• Issues of Contention: several people objecting, but not on planning grounds, there is extant permission already for a 64 bedroom facility
• How I voted: for, matter carried by 10-4-1
• Why: this was hard to decide on as there was already an extant approval on a 63 bed facility, but the other one had approval for 1600 members which would have been a nightmare

Development: Frimley Park Hospital Car Park
• Planners Recommendations:
• Issues of Contention: only addition of 118 space deck
• How I voted: for, unanimous
• Why: no reason not to, there was no compelling reason not to do this, an informative has been added to compel a master plan addition for any future additions

Development: Land to the rear of 4.6, 8 Macdonald Road
• Planners Recommendations: refuse
• Issues of Contention: this was refused previously, and now the applicant has returned with no material change. T Dodds appearing on behalf of 28 residents supporting the refusal
• How I voted: for refusal, refusal carried by 14-1
• Why: there is no reason to allow this further


The Conservative Plan for the next 5 years…

From Our Prime Minister today, pretty much spells it out…

When we came to office in 2010, Britain was on the brink. Our task was urgent: to rescue our economy from the mire. With that economy now going in the right direction, we are once again on the brink – but this time, on the brink of something special. We have a golden opportunity to renew the idea that working people are backed in this country; to renew the promise to those least fortunate that they will have the opportunity for a brighter future; and to renew the ties that bind every part of our United Kingdom. We now have the mandate to deliver that renewal. And it starts with today’s Queen’s Speech: a clear programme for working people, social justice, and bringing our country together – put simply, a One Nation Queen’s Speech from a One Nation Government.

The first task of a One Nation Government is to help all working people have security. And nothing is more crucial to that than a job. A new Bill will help to create two million more jobs this Parliament. That means there should be a job for everyone who wants one – in other words, full employment. To help people get those jobs, we’ll train them up; three million more will start apprenticeships over the next five years. We will also reward work by letting people keep even more of the money they earn – for the first time putting it into law that the Minimum Wage is and always will be tax free. That will be alongside a five-year tax lock which means there will be no income tax, VAT or National Insurance rate rises in this Parliament.
The second big focus of this Queen’s Speech is championing social justice. That starts with education: a decent schooling for every child, no matter where they’re from. Our school reforms in the last Parliament were bold; one million more children are now learning in good or outstanding schools. In this Parliament they will be bolder still: taking over and turning into Academies not just failing schools but coasting ones too, as part of our new Education and Adoption Bill; opening not just a few more Free Schools, but 500 more. Of course, there is nothing that embodies the spirit of One Nation and the cause of social justice more than our NHS, which is there for everyone, whoever they are, regardless of their ability to pay. So we will continue increasing spending on our health service, by at least £8 billion a year by 2020, and make it a truly 7-day NHS.
We will also continue our welfare reforms that help people into jobs, reducing the benefit cap further, to £23,000. Our reforms will incentivise work – so people are always better off after a day at the office or factory than they would have been sitting at home. That’s true social justice – not handing people benefit cheque after benefit cheque with no end in sight, but turning workless households into working households; the misery of unemployment into the purpose and dignity of employment; and the welfare system into a lifeline, not a way of life.
Third, this Queen’s Speech will bring every part of our United Kingdom together. Our legislation will make sure this recovery reaches everyone, from the oldest industrial towns to the remotest rural villages. Our High Speed 2 Bill will help bring our great northern cities together in a Northern Powerhouse that rivals the biggest cities in the world.
For our different nations and regions to coexist as One Nation, people must have more direct power over the areas in which they live. So our Cities Devolution Bill will allow them to bid for an elected mayor, with far more sway over planning, transport, policing and health. We will have a Scotland Bill, a Wales Bill and a Northern Ireland Bill, and will put into practice our promises on devolution – making Holyrood the most powerful devolved Parliament in the world. Governing with respect means respecting the wishes of the English too. That’s why we will address the fundamental unfairness devolution causes in England, by introducing English votes for English laws. And the UK will have more control over its affairs, as we bring forward proposals for a British Bill of Rights to replace the Human Rights Act. We will also legislate to have an EU Referendum before the end of 2017, putting the question to the British people for the first time in 40 years: the European Union – in or out. Underpinning all of this is security. With an Extremism Bill, an Investigatory Powers Bill and a Policing and Criminal Justice Bill, we will keep our people safe.
That’s our legislative programme. It’s challenging but doable; optimistic but realistic. It’s the bold first step of a One Nation Government – a Government for working people. And this is the Britain we’re setting out to create: a Britain where you can get a decent job, have a good education, buy a home of your own, have dignity when you retire, and feel safe and secure throughout your life. In the last Parliament we laid the foundations for that; in this Parliament we will use them to build something special. We’ve now got the majority we need. With this Queen’s Speech we’re going to get on and do it – for every single person in this great nation.

Thank you,

David Cameron


Pretty much says it all, crack on Dave…

And they’re off…

So tonight is that first big council meeting that is the kickoff for the council’s year. All the new councillors have been sworn in and all of the returning ones have been re-signed… All of the Mandatory training has taken place and now we are ready to get down to work.  We have a new Mayor, and all new assignments for the various committees.

Here are a few of my reflections on the start of the year…

Should be a very interesting time…