IMPORTANT: There will be no RAG meeting on Wednesday 23rd April.
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[22nd April 2014]: Linden Homes on Contamination - RAG is not convinced
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:45:00 +0100
Radstock Action Group has had a reply to their letter to Linden Homes about contamination on the Railway Land in Radstock, but it lacks any indication that they are taking the matter seriously. For example, they use as a defence for the continued use of the ground investigation done in 2005, that it was accepted at the time. What they fail to mention is that it was part of a flawed process which the then would-be developer applied.
Where's the evidence that they have a practical plan?
They also claim that additional investigation was undertaken in December 2013. It is clearly not possible to comment on this without knowing the extent of the alleged work. However, we have seen nothing on the site to suggest recent trial pits or installed monitoring wells. We think that Linden Homes must publish detail for their claims to carry any conviction.
BANES must say where they stand
Additionally, we have yet to hear whether what Linden Homes has done has satisfied the BANES Officer responsible that her original substantial reservations about the way the developer proposed addressing the contamination issues.
Call-in rejected - how does this match listening to local people?
This came in the same week that Eric Pickles announced that he will not be calling in the NRR/Linden Homes Planning Applications for the Railway Land. His refusal was on the basis that he prefers to give more power to local councils and communities - this doesn't help where the council and the local community do not agree.
Will Linden Homes organise a public meeting to tell us their plans?
So far there is no indication that Linden Homes are organising a public meeting in Radstock, despite their declaration that they want to be in touch with the community. We suggest that they organise the meeting as a matter of urgency as, according to BANES, work could start very soon. At this meeting, they will be able to present the exact work they will be doing and Paul Crossley will be able to explain how he thinks this will bring 'new homes, new jobs and new opportunities to the people of Radstock, as he claimed this week'. After all, we know that Radstock people will not be priority cases for housing. There is no indication that there are jobs in the long term. The railway reinstatement will be impossible, thus quashing one of the main chances for new opportunities.
We urge everyone to continue to object to these plans.
[3rd April 2014]: RAG welcomes Linden Homes wish to share ideas with Radstock people but wants answers to contamination issues too
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:54:00 +0100
On 21 March, RAG wrote to Linden Homes asking for responses to serious concerns about the unresolved contamination issues on the NRR railway land where the developer has applied to build homes. Although planning permission was granted at the end of January, it had a number of conditions attached including ones which reflect the problems of dealing with the undoubted pollution on the site. These conditions have not yet been agreed.
A copy of our letter is attached to this email. (Click here to view the letter)
A public meeting in Radstock?
As a result, Linden Homes invited RAG to a meeting at their offices in Bristol and we accepted the invitation. A few days later, Linden Homes explained that they would like to widen this meeting out to other issues and to invite some members of the press. Naturally we were very pleased that Linden Homes wants to engage with the people of Radstock and have, therefore, suggested that, rather than a meeting in Bristol, it would be more sensible for them to hold a public meeting in Radstock.
We have said we are more than happy to receive a response in writing to our initial letter which is strictly about contamination issues.
[2nd April 2014]: RAG asks Linden Homes to explain how it is going to deal with contamination on the railway land
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0100
RAG has written to Linden Homes asking for answers to major worries about the contamination on the proposed site for homes on the railway land. Click here to read the full text.
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