Parish Council Newsletter June 2017

Barton in Fabis Parish council have recently circulated their June newsletter, and have given permission for the following extract to be included on this website, so that the latest updates get to more than the usual circulation around the village.

Newsletter
JUNE 2017
Sand and Gravel – Barton Site
IMPORTANT
Setback in our fight, but the battle continues

As you may recall, the draft Minerals Local Plan – MLP (which excluded the site at Barton) was due to go to a Public Examination chaired by a government appointed Inspector on June 27th.

Although the recent the County Council elections resulted in no party having overall control, the Conservative group (led by Kay Cutts who represents Shelford – one of the key sites in the MLP) has formed an alliance with the 3 members of the Mansfield Independent Forum to take control of the County Council.

One of her first acts was successfully to force through a proposal to WITHDRAW the current plan at a Full Council on 25th May. Prior to the Council meeting, the Parish Council wrote to all County Councillors objecting to this proposal and pointing out that the absence of a plan would potentially lead to a ‘free for all’ in terms of developers proposing quarry sites. Indeed the Barton letter was a key issue debated in the Council meeting, but unfortunately the numbers were against us. We are sorry to report that our two new County Councillors (Andrew Brown and Reg Adair) not only did not support us and voted to withdraw the plan, but also did not even speak in the debate.

What happens now?

Council officers have been instructed to prepare a new plan based on the latest figures on the demand for sand and gravel. It is true that to say that demand has been lower over recent years and fewer sites may be required. It is certain that there will be political pressure to exclude Shelford and the risk that the Barton site will again be proposed to be included.

The process of developing a new plan will take at least 2 years and the real risk, as the report by officers to the Full Council made clear, is that this:
“could result in planning applications for minerals development being submitted and decided on an ad-hoc / ‘first come first served’ basis, leading to a loss of control by the Minerals planning Authority”.
As you may know, a planning application for the Barton site, outside of the now withdrawn MLP, was lodged at Easter on behalf of Jack Kent and his associates and London Rock. Fortunately, this was not a very professional job and they have been told to take it back to provide more detail on 9 issues such as the impact of the site on air quality.

It is important to note that the County Council is required to maintain 7 years of reserves of sand and gravel and currently has 9.5 years. This should support an argument against new quarries at least for the moment.

We are sorry if this all sounds complicated! The key messages are:

Unfortunately the battle will drag on for longer than we had hoped
We need to be ready to oppose any new proposal for the Barton site

Important Update!

May 2017
So, now that the Conservatives have overall control of NottsCC following the recent local elections, they have torn up the Minerals Plan – just before it was due to go to a Government Inspector for final approval.

The implications of this council decision are wide ranging. The Minerals Plan was not only concerned with Sand & gravel provision, but all mineral extraction in the county – eg Coal, Gypsum, Shale Gas (fracking) – is now completely without guidance or co-ordination.

Barton Parish Council is now very concerned that with no policy in place, the way is open for speculative planning applications for a quarry more-or-less as proposed and rejected from the minerals plan as the 3rd most environmentally damaging proposal that went into the now defunct plan.

It isn’t clear yet what the future process is going to be; probably back to square one for the county, as it has to have a local plan to comply with government requirements.

Watch this space!

Very Urgent and Important News!

Well, after a quiet year as the Nottingham Minerals plan went through various stages of Local Government, a curve ball has been pitched by the Barton Site owners and their partners & representatives.

If you are a Barton resident, you will probably have seen the letter from London Rock which was delivered last week, outlining their plans for the new sand & gravel operation at “Mill Hill Quarry”. If you haven’t seen it, you can download a copy of the covering letter here, and the accompanying plans here. This is in advance of the publication of the final Local Minerals Plan, which is due a public inquiry soon.

It is assumed that London Rock and the Site Owners are either going to challenge Barton’s exclusion from the plan at the Inquiry, and/or submit a separate planning application before the allocations in the Minerals Plan are finally legally adopted.

The new proposal is for a larger land grab than the original Minerals Local Plan suggested – possibly proof already that the origianal site was intended to be a “toe-in-the-door” to a much larger operation in future years?

Barton-in-Fabis Parish Council have written a response Newsletter which has been distributed around the village, if you have not seen it, then it can be downloaded here.

London Rock are holding 2 public consultation exhibitions, the first is on Thursday 16th March at Barton Village Hall, the second is Wednesday 22nd March at Clifton Village Hall. Both venues are scheduled to be open between 3pm and 7.30pm. If you can, please PLEASE get along to one or the other events, as it would be a shame to let the developers think that the huge public opposition to quarrying at Barton that was originally demonstrated may have lessened with the passing of time.

Hope to see you at one of the meetings!

Update December 2015

Notts County Council have announced that their decision will be made at a meeting on 4th January 2016. This meeting has been postponed twice from its original September date.

We would like as many people in the village to attend the meeting at County Hall at 10.30am that day and make our opposition to the destruction of land at Barton clear.

PLEASE, if you can possibly attend, come and support your village.
Transport will be provided leaving from outside the village hall at 10.00am.

There’s still time to send a letter to the Councillors on the committee, some pointers for things you could say are here

Finally, on behalf of the “S.A.V.E” campaign team, I’d like to wish you all a Peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Public Meeting 29/7/2015 for all the Latest News

So…. a year has passed. As is often the way with local planning, not much seems to have happened in that time, but plenty has been going on behind the scenes. Suffice it to say that the threat of sand & gravel extraction in Barton-in-Fabis is still a very real one.

There will be an Open Meeting on 29th July 2015, at 7.15pm in Barton Village Hall to update everyone with the current state of affairs, and to outline what the next steps are (and the bar will be open after the meeting too!).

See you there!

A quick update 17th July – And a BBQ!

So that’s it. The consultation is now closed for new submissions. Do please keep checking if your response has been processed by the council – there are 2 separate pages on the Notts County Council website where responses are being published. See Here and Here (presumably there are 2 different pages “for our convenience”!) At the time of me writing this, there are just short of 300 responses showing – so knowing the size of the pile of papers that went to them last week, they still have a huge backlog to get through!

At the meeting last night, Julian explained his understanding of what happens next….. It is expected that the council officers will finalise the plan, having taken the objections into account, and put it before the Environment & Sustainability Committee on October 9th (this is possibly subject to change) leading to an examination in public maybe around May 2015 before formal adoption. At the moment there isn’t much that anyone can do except wait. The Parish Council have taken some ideas for investigation over the next few weeks – I’ll post any news here.

Finally for today – there will be a meeting next Wednesday (23rd July) at 7.30pm in Barton Village Hall to give everyone an update.
To say “Thank You” for all the help and support, the Parish Council are going to lay on a free BBQ (first come, first serve – when it’s gone, it’s gone). The bar will be open as usual on a Wednesday.

See you then!

Consultation Period Ends Tomorrow

Well, that’s more or less the end of the consultation period! Any last minute responses will have to hand delivered in the morning – Bill is planning a final trip to gather up any last minute forms and get them to NCC tomorrow. If you have written a form and not posted it yet , please drop it in to any of the Parish Councillors in Barton, Gotham Spar Shop or the Barton Green newsagent (just near the Crusader Pub).

Just a couple of media links too – these are a bit last minute, but given the requirements of copy deadlines and so on, and the short notice given by NCC, it is great that so much interest across all the media has been generated – thanks to the publications for their time and interest.

The July Notts In Focus has run the story on it’s front page – see HERE

The Clifton Local News has also put the story on page 2, read it HERE

Thanks to everyone who came to the upbeat final “SAVE” meeting last night in the village hall, what has been achieved in just 8 short weeks is truly staggering. If you were not able to get to the village hall last night, but have been involved in anyway, know that there was much applauding for everyone’s individual and collective efforts.

We understand that the Council have a backlog of approximately 300 responses to process – and there were around 460 new ones collated at the meeting. The Council team are going to be busy for a while!

If you responded then on behalf of Barton Parish Council and the SAVE committee,
——– T H A N K Y O U ———

Last few days…

Just a reminder – the consultation responses have to be with Notts County Council this week!

The Parish Council has been sent some clarification by NCC about how they acknowledge the responses they receive. If you use NCC’s on-line website form, you should get a more-or-less immediate confirmation that your response has been accepted. If you email or post a response, then NCC say that they will send acknowledgements once they have manually processed your comments form – they have to copy the comments into their database first.  This is a simple copy and paste for email but manual typing for postal responses, so it does take some time (and I think they might have a bit of a backlog at the moment….)

Clearly, it is important that you make sure you get an official acknowledgement from the Country Council within a week or two after the end of consultation (11th July). If you do not receive this then please contact Stephen Osbourne James on 01159772109. You are strongly advised to keep a copy of your response as evidence – at least until you have been acknowledged! You can check the Barton responses HERE to see if your response has been processed yet.

I have also been sent a link to a YouTube video – a heartfelt plea against the quarry from an independent film-maker (known as Stiggy220 on YouTube) – you can see a copy HERE or all of Stiggy220’s films On YouTube (external site – enter at your own risk!)

The campaign has also had coverage in “The Beestonian” – thanks are due to Tamar for coming over and writing the detailed and in-depth story to alert “The Other Side of the Trent”!

Finally for today’s post: if you have sent a response in – THANK YOU for your time and effort!  IF you haven’t: don’t delay, do it today!

An Update – 27th June

Thanks to eveyone who took the time to come to the update meeting on Wednesday night, and also for  going on the walk with Bill on Thursday Evening.  Special thanks to  Councilor Roger Steel (Clifton North Ward – Nottingham City Council) and Jane Hunt (Conservative Party Parliamentary Candidate for the South Nottingham Constituency) for their time to get over to Barton to see the scale of the proposal first hand.

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Lauren thinks that Diane has shrunk during the walk!

Please do fill in a response form if you haven’t done one yet, and get it in to the council in the next few days.  If you prefer to save a stamp, you can drop the completed forms in to any of the Barton Parish Councilors (Bill Harrison, Julian Coles, Allan Kerr, Sue Davies or Lynda Dransfield), or there are drop-off points in the Gotham Spar Shop and Barton Green Corner Shop.

 

 

2 Weeks Left…

Just a quick reminder that any response forms need to be with the council by 11th July i.e. if you are going to post a form, there are now just 2 weeks left to make your opinions about the quarry proposal known and sent off!

If you are unsure of the extent of the land affected by the proposal and want to see the area for yourself, Bill is going to lead another walk along the footpaths of the site on Thursday 26th June at 7pm – meet at the phonebox in Barton (near the crossroads).

Template response forms and guidance notes are at the bottom of this page for you to print off and post or fill in and send electronically.

If you send your response form in by email, the Parish Council ask you to please also send copies of your response to the Councillors on the Environment and Sustainability Committee (see list below). It would also be good to email the leader at Rushcliffe (Neil Clarke) Cllr.JClarke@rushcliffe.gov.uk requesting his support and copying your response to him.

Cllr.richard.butler@nottscc.gov.uk
Cllr.steve.calvert@nottscc.gov.uk
Cllr.jim.creamer@nottscc.gov.uk
Cllr.stan.heptinstall@nottscc.gov.uk
Cllr.roger.jackson@nottscc.gov.uk
Cllr.bruce.laughton@nottscc.gov.uk
Cllr.pamela.skelding@nottscc.gov.uk
Cllr.parry.tsimbiridis@nottscc.gov.uk
Cllr.john.wilkinson@nottscc.gov.uk

Click here to start a new email with all the Environment & Sustainability committee email addresses already as CC (assuming your computer is set-up to be able to do this – if not, then I suggest a copy and paste rather than manually typing them out!)

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