With less than 65hrs to go until the planning hearing, we wanted to say a big thank to all residents and supporters for your continued hard work, dedication, persistence, thoughts and advice over the last few months, it has been invaluable. In a world where it sometimes seems an individual can make little difference it’s reassuring to know that when many voices come together we can bring about change.
Reflecting on the achievements, it doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago that some community minded residents took it upon themselves to advertise the WTS planning application by posting details through everyone’s post box. Since that day the community as a whole has come together and arranged and attended public meetings, written over 400 excellent letters of objection, signed petitions, written and posted newsletters, done extensive research, taken drone footage, photographs, engaged with local politicians, taken time to talk to the media and most recently attend the Veolia consultation, for which we will have fond memories of for years to come.
We are in a much better place today than where we thought we would be just last week and that is down to your effort. The Planning Officer has rejected Veolias application and it normal practice for the residing Councillors to follow their advice. Is it a done deal then, have we won? No not quite, Veolia are asking for a deferral to consider their options perhaps to negotiate an arrangement with the land owners over operating hours or to consider other sites proposed by the council. Either way it’s not over till it’s over.
The hearing is still going ahead on Monday as planned at the Alive Church on Newland (10.45am) and we need as many people to turn up as possible to show Veolia and the council that we are united in our objection to the Veolia WTS now and at any other time in the future should alternatives solutions be presented. Look forward to seeing you there, and thanks again!!!