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Sunday, 25 January 2009


Herne Bay Area Members Panel, Agenda Item 38.
The Unlawful Shameful Proposal (USP) sees the light of day for the first time. The Panel thought:
  • in principle the project was a good idea;
  • the normal consultation procedures should be used;
  • this was a good location for beach huts;
  • it was hoped that any beach huts in this location could be painted and named;
  • would the procurement rules delay the project;
  • could a planning application be made at the same time as the disposal was advertised;
  • was there any lighting at this location?
The Panel said they would:
  • support the disposal of Public Open Space to the east of the old lookout station at East Cliff, Herne Bay;
  • recommend that any negotiations relating to the use for this site be subject to the wider market.
WHAT?!? " the disposal of Public Open Space..." Without asking? Without knowing what we want? What were they thinking? Were they thinking?

The Government's national guidelines for how to look after Public Open Spaces are strict about disposing of a Public Open Space. They say that the land must be shown to be 'surplus to requirements', and that any development must shown to be 'widely supported by the local community'. Looks to me like 'No' and 'No'.

Executive Committee Item 136.
They decide to advertise the proposed disposal of Public Open Space, and consider any objections at a later Executive meeting.

First media sighting on

2008-Oct-23 and Oct-30
Ad in Public Notices, Herne Bay Gazette - see "Consultation".

Herne Bay Area Members Panel, Item 5 Matters Arising...
Reporting the decision of the Executive on October 13th.

Executive Committee Item 195.
The Council's laughable consultation exercise has produced five letters of objection, one of them from our very own Councillor Reuby. Continuing the long-running insult to democracy, the objections are brushed aside, and it's full steam ahead with marketing the site. (Incidentally, I've not seen the marketing effort. If anyone's got any details, I would be grateful - I'm curious to know how it compares to the Public Notice.)

I’m tipped off by my neighbour.

Speech to Council.

Herne Bay Gazette front page, inside pages and op-ed. Then nothing…

Blog kick-started.

Executive Committee

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