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Parish Council Recommends Refusal of the Service Station … 0

Parish Council Recommends Refusal of the Service Station …

Following a review of the service station planning application and analysis of its survey results Spaldwick Parish Council has recommended refusal of the current service station application by Applegreen. In its survey of Spaldwick households, there was an even split, with 47 households against the proposal and 47 households in favour. In a letter to Huntingdonshire District Council, the Parish Council wrote: Due to the scale of the proposed development it will create a visually intrusive and harmful development and by its sheer size will generate significantly more traffic movements than currently exists.

The applicant has already confirmed at the village consultation meetings that this last point is expected as it was part of the financial viability study for the proposed development. The Parish Council further recommends that Huntingdonshire District Council should request the applicant to withdraw the current scheme and resubmit a planning application for a lesser scale development comprising retail, coffee and one food offer (not drive thru) and reconsider the need for outside seating and children s play with a view to minimising noise. The application should retain the plan to close access to HGVs and use signage to redirect passing traffic back to the nearby westbound A14 slip road.

In addition an up to date Transport Statement reflecting the new proposal should be provided, an impact statement on existing surrounding drainage and ground conditions, an acoustic report to establish potential noise and mitigation measures to reduce impact on near neighbours, and finally an impact report on anticipated environmental pollution (light, odours, food waste, litter) and mitigation measures to reduce impact on near neighbours. Some of the above were promised to be provided in the current application but were not provided. The Environment Agency has also objected to the proposed development as submitted.

66 comments have so far been made on the Huntingdonshire District Council website, with 58 comments (88%) objecting to the proposals and 5 (8%) supporting them.

We will provide more information about the application in due course.

David Cameron warned he risks destroying Tory party if he ignores … 0

David Cameron warned he risks destroying Tory party if he ignores …

The letter, signed by 132 Tory councillors, will represent a further blow to Mr Cameron and comes after Brussels published a new version of the draft deal being offered to Britain, which critics said has been further watered down. The Prime Minister appears to have gone to Brussels with a blank piece of paper, and come back with half a page Ben Harris-Quinney Eurosceptic MPs said that the new deal contained hidden nasties that will be used to undermine British interests . Mr Cameron will on Friday travel to Hamburg in Germany, where he will give a speech on his EU renegotiation at a dinner attended by Angela Merkel.

His appearance in Germany could be overshadowed after Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey s president, warned his country could be forced to open its borders and allow refugees to travel to Europe. The letter to Mr Cameron, which will be delivered on Friday warns that grassroots activists and councillors do not believe he has met even the minimum outcome we could hope for in any renegotiation . We do not feel these manifesto commitments alone were enough to represent a good deal for Britain in Europe, but given the clarity of the commitment they were at least the minimum outcome we could hope for in any renegotiation, the letter states.

As they have not been met, the only responsible and honest thing for the Conservative Party and for those in it to do, is campaign for Britain s exit from the European Union. You made clear that if you did not get the deal you wanted in Europe you would not rule out campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union yourself, and we hope you will now unite your party and Britain in doing so. We ask that you consider the long term future of the Conservative Party and its wishes as a community, and take the views of grassroots members as seriously as your predecessors have.

Mr Cameron used a Commons appearance last week to tell MPs to do what s in your heart and not listen to eurosceptic Tory associations. This arrogance will surely endanger the support of the grass roots supporters that get their MPs elected Arron Banks Conservative members traditionally hold eurosceptic views and Downing Street is concerned that Tory associations will urge MPs to vote to leave the EU. A member of the Conservative Party board subsequently told the Telegraph that grassroots activists are now threatening to stop campaigning for Tory candidates in the upcoming local elections because of Mr Cameron s comments.

The letter to the Prime Minister, obtained by The Daily Telegraph, comes just one day after Eric Pickles, a former Cabinet minister, wrote an email to all Tory councillors urging them to support the Prime Minister in his battle to achieve a better deal with our European partners . Arron Banks, the founder of Leave.EU, said: It s perfectly clear that the overwhelming majority of the grassroots Conservative party support Brexit. The Leave.eu campaign has signed up over 500 conservative councillors and I think the vast majority will be disappointed that David Cameron has instructed his MPs to ignore their views.

This arrogance will surely endanger the support of the grass roots supporters that get their MPs elected. It s time the Tory leadership placed its grassroots members and manifesto commitments back at the top of their priority list, and stopped trying to disempower with weasel words and political trickery Ben Harris-Quinney Ben Harris-Quinney, the chairman of the Bow Group and a Conservative district councillor in north east Hertfordshire, said: I am backing Britain s independence from the European Union, but I know many members who are in two minds that have been put off by a renegotiation that doesn t meet the minimum promises of our manifesto, and the dismissive attitude shown to the Conservative grassroots. The Prime Minister appears to have gone to Brussels with a blank piece of paper, and come back with half a page.

It s time the Conservative Party leadership placed it s grassroots members and manifesto commitments back at the top their priority list, and stopped trying to disempower both with weasel words and political trickery. Meanwhile, it emerged on Thursday that Mr Cameron is planning a reshuffle after the EU referendum in an attempt to unite the party in the wake of what is set to be a divisive campaign. It is expected that Mr Cameron will seek to promote eurosceptics such as Priti Patel, a work and pensions minister, even if she joins the campaign to leave the EU.

Sources have said that Boris Johnson will also be given a Cabinet job. There is also growing speculation that Iain Duncan Smith will not continue as Work and Pensions Secretary. There was growing anger on Thursday after Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, published the latest draft of the deal being offered to Britain.

The latest draft appears to show the UK losing ground on several key issues, most notably on the City safeguards which banking experts said had been watered down on the insistence of France. The Telegraph understands that representatives from the City were last night seeking urgent talks with the Treasury before next week s summit to air its concerns about the changes. French and Belgium negotiators also appear to have squashed Mr Cameron s vision of for a multi-speed, pic-n-mix Europe by prominently re-stating of the principle that all countries unless they have an explicit exemption like Britain and Denmark must join the euro.

The councillors letter in full Dear Prime Minister, We write to you as concerned members of the Conservative Party. Some of us have been volunteers for 50 years and have made many sacrifices to tirelessly campaign for the Party, including to see your election as Prime Minister in 2010 and 2015. For all of us, it has been a privilege to serve the Conservative Party for the greater good of our nation.

The issue of Britain s membership of the European Union is one of great importance to Conservative Party members, and one that has motivated many not only to vote Conservative, but also to campaign for its position on Europe in council chambers, village halls, and on doorsteps up and down the country. Whilst the majority of Conservative Party members are confirmed Eurosceptics, most members supported the stance you put forward at your Bloomberg Speech, and have watched the negotiation proceedings with greathope and great interest. We understand that negotiating with 27 other member states and the European Commission is an extremely difficult task, and that in anticipation of this you made few commitments as to what a renegotiated settlement would look like.

The 2015 Conservative Manifesto, however, promised real change in our relationship with the European Union: to reclaim significant powers from Brussels and return primacy to the British Parliament. It made the specific commitment that changes to welfare to cut EU migration will be an absolute requirement in the renegotiation . That We will insist that EU migrants who want to claim tax credits and child benefit must live here and contribute to our country for a minimum of four years.

That if an EU migrant s child is living abroad, then they should receive no child benefit or child tax credit, no matter how long they have worked in the UK and no matter how much tax they have paid. And To reduce the numbers of EU migrants coming to Britain, we will end the ability of EU jobseekers to claim any job-seeking benefits at all. And if jobseekers have not found a job within six months, they will be required to leave.

We are also mindful of the commitment to reduce migration to the UK to the tens of thousands , and how reliant on a fundamental change to the principle of free movement of people within the EU this commitment is. We do not feel these manifesto commitments alone were enough to represent a good deal for Britain in Europe, but given the clarity of the commitment they were at least the minimum outcome we could hope for in any renegotiation. As they have not been met, the only responsible and honest thing for the Conservative Party and for those in it to do, is campaign for Britain s exit from the European Union.

You made clear that if you did not get the deal you wanted in Europe you would not rule out campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union yourself, and we hope you will now unite your party and Britain in doing so. We ask that you consider the long term future of the Conservative Party and its wishes as a community, and take the views of grassroots members as seriously as your predecessors have. Sincerely, Fiona Jane Robson Carlisle Andrew Hansard Huntingdonshire George Debman Ipswich John Mallinson Carlisle James Farquharson Weymouth and Portland Philip Owen Nottinghamshire County Council Rosemary Elizabeth Carroll Pendle Ron Hughes Rushmoor Mary Clark Kingston upon Thames Roger Keen Sedgemoor Malcolm Parish West Lindsey Nick Harrington J.P.

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Comments on the Spaldwick Service Station Must Be Submitted by … 0

Comments on the Spaldwick Service Station Must Be Submitted by …

55 comments have been received from Spaldwick residents with 49 (89%) objecting to the proposals and five (9%) supporting the proposals. To comment on the proposals, you will need to register on the Huntingdonshire District Council site and go to the following page: Comments on the Spaldwick Service Station planning application 1 Below are the notes produced by Steve Fane de Salis (Chairman of the Spaldwick Parish Council) from the second public meeting held by Applegreen. For information on the first public meeting, visit the following page: Your Opportunity to Comment on the Spaldwick Service Station Proposals 2 Meeting at Community Room, Spaldwick Primary School, Monday 16 November 2015 at 1930 The Managing Director of Petrogas Group UK, Michael O Loughlin, opened the meeting by stating that they had listened to comments made during the presentation of the proposal to redevelop Spaldwick Service Station two weeks previously and would endeavour to answer these questions.

He stated that the issue of changes to the slip road back onto the A14 was a Council matter, although Applegreen would be happy to assist with funding if the Council required it. He further stated that there would be no debate regarding litter walks or traffic, saying that a Traffic Impact Survey would be carried out as part of the planning process. The proposal remains generally the same as put forward two weeks before.

Shelley Cotton, a Marketing Executive employed by Applegreen, then addressed various questions which had been forwarded to them: 1. What are their budgeted transactions? Rising from 2800 to 7500-8000 per week.

2. Concerns regarding traffic/speeding. They will place signage at the exit to encourage traffic to turn left onto the A14; there will be no signage eastbound.

Currently 86% of customers buy fuel only; the average is 48%. A condition of the planning application will be to produce a Transport Statement. They would support Dragons Teeth painted on the road surface.

3. Safe path for pedestrians. If permission granted to do this they are willing to help.

4. Store opening hours?

0600-2300hrs. Outside these hours, the doors will be locked and a night hatch will be in use.

Food offers will close around 2000hrs with the coffee shop closing earlier, perhaps 1800-1900hrs. Current alcohol licence is 24hr.

5. A14 slip road improvements?

This is outside the site so not their responsibility. If, after a Transport Study, Highways England require them to give up a slither of land, then they are happy to assist.

6. What trees will be left in place?

All the trees are outside the site so they cannot take any of them out.

7. Litter. There are already daily litter picks and they can increase the checks they carry out.

In any case, the food offers are mainly for sit down meals.

8. What size will the convenience store be? About the size of the Community Room approximately 4000 square feet.

It will stock whatever is needed, from groceries to essentials, from the range available from Londis.

9. Measures to limit HGVs. There will be no facility for HGVs, although they cannot physically stop them.

They will display a standard sign showing No HGVs . Applegreen will not accept fuel cards.

10. Provision for electric cars.

They are looking into the possibility, although this is not at any other sites.

11. Improve Village Play Area. They work closely with communities and they might look into sponsoring a piece of play equipment.

12. Offsite maintenance of grass area. If it is outside the site they would not cut grass as it is not their responsibility; they might look at helping with the cost by way of a contribution.

13. Provision of a cycle rack? Yes.

14. Possibility of a Post Office Counter. Not something they would consider; although they could sell stamps and agreed to allow the Mobile Post Office to park in the car park.

Michael O Loughlin then addressed the meeting, giving a potted history of Applegreen. He again guaranteed that there would not be a Burger King at Spaldwick Service Station. He went on to say that Plan B would be to reinstate the current building (same size as existing) with a Subway and convenience store, fit new fuel pumps and continue to cater to HGVs.

The Petroleum Officer has granted them permission for the temporary building which they are using as the counter; but this period of grace is only until they redevelop the site. When asked about HGV overnight parking he stated there were no restrictions in place. Asked to expand on the expected daily transactions, he said that it could rise to 10,000 per week.

There are currently 42 cars per hour for 16 hours a day using the Service Station; this could double. When asked about the expected timescale, he said they would go away and put together an application. They would have a pre-planning meeting with the local council.

They would then submit a planning application, which would be made available to the Parish Council for comment. Noise, traffic, light and odour surveys would be completed and they would act on any feedback from the Council. He said they were hoping to move around September 2016.

A final question was asked. Would they consider a Plan C something smaller? He answered that they will look at it.

References ^ Comments on the Spaldwick Service Station planning application (publicaccess.huntingdonshire.gov.uk) ^ Your Opportunity to Comment on the Spaldwick Service Station Proposals (www.spaldwick.com)