Disclaimer: These observations are not the ‘official’ minutes of the meeting, these are supplied by Whittlesey Town Council, normally (1) month following the meeting and can be viewed on their website.
I was unable to attend last nights WTC meeting but am happy to say in my ‘Letter from America’ – (Who remembers Alistair Cook’s Letter from America I wonder) – my thanks to our correspondent who reports the following….
CC Boden gave an update as to the ‘situation’ at Saxon Pit.
He mentioned that as we know the un-authorised waste is considerable and it has now materialised that there is so much waste there that requires moving if in fact it is moved will de stabilise the wall of the pit even further!
Planning permission was granted to stabilise this wall!!!!!!
Further another planning application is imminent to stabilise the Northern face (Southern) but current breaches cannot be taken into account because the new application will be from a different company – (possibly the current owners)
Whilst CC Boden assured everyone the Environment Agency “were all over”
This is not very reassuring.
My correspondent states – In a current political environment where saving the planet is key the current situation at Saxon has been allowed to happen. If it was not for the fact that the current operator could not source enough top soil to cover up the refuse and residents (neighbours of the site) complained about the smell persistently this event would have gone unnoticed by both the environment agency and the county council. Which brings the next question what monitoring of the site by both parties and the work carried out there actually took place before the complaints were received ????
(RG) I can not go into much further details as there are investigations on-going by the Environment Agency (Since February this year) and possible legal proceeding may take place.
Dawn Sadler. (FDC) H&S is good in Whittlesey looking into land ownership round railway station to resolve build up of rubbish. Dog poo discussed again.
See article re Green Dog Walkers which launches tomorrow 12th October – Here in Whittlesey.
CC Boden gave details of his comprehensive work re change in wards. This would be boundary changes for next years local elections.
Minerals and waste plan no response as doesn’t affect Whittlesey.
Must Farm -Good – plan A rejected bid not successful therefore plan B bid going forward for visitor centre and artefacts to be at Kings Dyke reserve.
Kings Dyke Bridge Crossing. A meeting 11th October by the Finance Committee to authorise the spend/cost of the project. Then another meeting with the Metro/Combined Mayor James Palmer to see they will make up the shortfall>
Councillor Curtis wants to raise issues regarding inaccurate reports – re- volume of traffic and impact assessment with Cambs County Council.
These reports may have been vastly underestimated to the point of not taking into account volumes of traffic when the North Bank is closed.
In regards to the above…there is of course the as yet unpublished letter by campaigner Peter Baxter in the respect of a Strategic Environmental Assessment not have been carried out. There was correspondence regarding this and it was ‘stated’ using – Wikipedia as its source that ‘One was not required’ – Peter Baxter refutes this statement and I am waiting for his letter to be published…..(RG)