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Paul Wilkinson
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 19:11
Meeting adjourned!!!
Thanks to everyone who filled the Council Chamber and those who attended but couldn't get in.

After taking legal advice a decision was made to adjourn the meeting and, because of the level of public interest, to hold two meetings - one in South Craven, one in Skipton, with details to be published in the press and on the CDC website.

Councillors only saw the letters of protest at 6.15 this evening and have been given time to study them.

What a great result.
paul watson
The Hawthorns Sutton
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 20:27
What a great meeting. did anyone get the feeling the councillors were`nt prepared for that confrontation. can`t wait for tomorow night to go get the Craven Herald.
Anyway we won the first battle but not the war.
what we need now is organised awareness across our villages, because you can bet the council will announce the dates in this weeks craven herald, probably to be held in south craven school and at short notice.
Although we had a fantastic turnout tonight it needs to be a lot better to hammer home our point.
1, We need a tag, something like South Craven Residents Against Over Development S.C.R.A.O.D.
2, When the date is announced we need a half a4 sheet with all relevant info on it
3, A few volunteers to blitz the villages with flyers (doors cars lamposts etc)
4, lets get Look North involved because i can guarantee our councillors will be very camera shy.

paul put this on the back of your string or start a new string whatever you feel is best
Denise & Trev White
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 20:58
We went to the meeting tonight and we too felt the councillors were not at all prepared for the confrontation they received from all of us. Roll on the next meeting!! We would be prepared to deliver leaflets/flyers to let people know what is going on...
Dawn - Sutton Park Pavilion
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 21:32
What a turn-out! I too attended this meeting and was pleased that so many people felt strongly enough to come along.

However, it quickly became apparent that most people were there purely through word of mouth! When asked why the public didn't know about this proposal, the Chairman was adamant that the public had been invited to attend the previous week's seminar and had had their chance to speak. When pressed to tell us where the invitation had been posted, even the Chairman looked embarrassed to be told by a member of her own council, that the public had indeed NOT been invited!!

When pressed further as to how this evening's meeting had been advertised, the Chairman then had to admit that there had been only one notice posted - and guess what, it was only posted in Skipton's council building!!!

So, once again, I would like to add my thanks to Councillor Stephen Place who brought this to light within our village, as tonight, like many others, I may have simply sat at home watching TV, oblivious to the fact that my way of life was about to be destroyed. Thank you Concillor Place!!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 21:57
It was indeed an "Extraordinary" meeting!!

My wife and I arrived half an hour before the start and the chamber was almost full then! The turn out was far better than we had expected and the next choice of venue will have to be at least twice the size to fit everybody in.

Feelings were running high (with some vociferous interuptions!), but there is no doubt that the councillors got the message.

Thanks to everybody who turned up.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 23:08
Great result indeed. I am satisfied that the embarrassed council members who very flimsily attempted to creat an image of apparent openess on this huge issue are now left in no doubt that they are accountable to a very concerned and angry public. I loved the calls for resignations and there were additional well delivered statements. The speakers were very well informed and had clearly put a lot of work into preparing strong discourse against these life changing proposals. It was a great pleasure for me to maintain an unmissable presence as agitator and suitably express my anger at the disgusting underhanded manner in which this council attempted to avoid public consultation and sell the Sutton community down the river. I now sleep tonight content in the knowledge that they all now know that the people are indeed not to be underestimated and that they are totaly accountable in their actions. It was an amazing turn out and I agree that the next phase now needs to be planned carefully and that a co-ordinated campaign needs to ensue to keep this a hot growing issue. I am always ready and available for flyer design, production and distribution, As I did on this occaision! What a productive and satisfying evening!!!!!!
Denis Pickles
Thursday, October 9, 2008 07:41
Re Tag. ? NODISC ? No overdevelopment in South Craven. It slips easier of the tongue than SCROAD and it is evident that protest is not confined to residents.
Thursday, October 9, 2008 10:26
That's a brilliant result, and just goes to show what a shifty and underhand bunch the Councillors are. There's no way the public voice can be ignored now.

This is an issue that affects all our villages, the existing infrastructures simply can't cope with those levels of development.

Martin Watson.
sutton resident
Thursday, October 9, 2008 10:41
Suggest next planning meeting should be in Sutton village hall, not Skipton - in an evening.
Not only will many locals be able to attend ...but..... planners etc. would be able to see for themselves how difficult it is now to get through the Main Street, with parking either side of the road, and how many more new homes would cause severe congestion.
Graham Wild
Thursday, October 9, 2008 11:06
I live down station road in Crosshills, a site designated to have 500 houses built on it. A joke with the amount of traffic on it now. I was at the meeting and given i already had a low opinion of councillors i was staggered at how inept, incompitenet and unprepared they were. It all smacked of a done deal that went completely pear shaped. The two officers on the top table looked embarressed and shaken.

The major point that needs to be emphasised is that none of the 40m can or will be spent on existing infrastructure, and as the council has long told us they dont have any money to upgrade roads, school, health, drains we have to take it that they wont do anything to improve it. One other point i discussed with someone there last night is very worrying. With the word Eco town and regeneration in the wording, It could mean that the council actually force certain resident from the existing home on enviromental/energy efficent grounds into one of the new modern houses to be built, this is what has happened up and down the country in the name of regeneration, as highlighted on a recent BBC programme.

The carrot of a train stn may not even get off the ground on the following.

1. Northern rail would need an extra 4 carriages to carry the extra 1000 passengers.
2. At least 3 of the stns between Skipton and Leeds dont have a platform big enough for that size of train.
3 I have someone who is a driver on that line looking into if they are qualified to drive trains that long.

I think we need to let as many houses know of the plans, meeting etc. I will gladly post letters in every house in Station Road, but do wee need a common letter or is everyone doing something different?
Thursday, October 9, 2008 12:29
I see that the Keighley news is reporting today that CDC are not going to oppose a planned development in Green Lane, Glusburn, despite a previous assurance that an appeal by the developers would be robustly opposed.

Good luck with the campaign! If you come up with a tagline and logo etc, I'll be more than happy to help with publicity.

Martin Watson.
Thursday, October 9, 2008 15:16
with regards to leaflets, posters etc, i'm a graphic designer and would be happy to knock something up for the cause, be it logo, leaflets, posters etc.

the webmaster has my email and if needed, let me know.
Dawn - Sutton Park Pavilion
Thursday, October 9, 2008 19:05
If anyone would like to see details of these maps with the designated areas for building, and the proposed numbers of houses on each area, please feel free to drop into Sutton Park Pavilion as I have placed them on the noticeboard.
Thursday, October 9, 2008 19:47
I have access to a webserver if you need a campaign site putting together.... I'd be more than willing to donate some space to you. Contact via site below.

Martin Watson.

Thursday, October 9, 2008 20:24
On the topic of tags etc. how about South Craven Residents Against Property Invading Traitors? (In other words SCRAP IT!) That seems to be the general feeling for these unthinkable plans!

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