Thorney Country Park Cabinet Report - Important Update From Your District & County Councillor Luisa Sullivan
Please see the following update from your District & County Councillor Luisa Sullivan following her most recent telephone conversation with Oscar Milambo, Deputy Head of Strategic Assets on December 4th regarding the Proposed Restoration of Former Landfill Sites - Trenches Lane, Wexham and Thorney Park, Iver.
Luisa would like to clarify to residents that she has not in fact declared her support for this scheme at this time. ...............................................................................................................................................................................
The Cabinet Report for the Proposed Restoration of Former Landfill Sites - Trenches Lane, Wexham and Thorney Park, Iver has been published this morning and it states that I as local member I have been consulted and am supportive of the recommendation. I have not declared full support for this scheme.
The only consultation I have had on any matter relating to this project is some four days before the LAF.
Discussion centred on basic principles of the scheme and assurances that the scheme would be entirely by rail. I recall asking what mitigation and compensation incentives would be included; I suggested contributions to The Ivers local road infrastructure and compensation for impacted residents. There were no financial commitments for the Ivers made at this meeting. There were no details offered other than the proposal to dispose of all financial costs of the project to the contractor to manage public engagement and the planning application.
I’ve had no formal documentation or evidence for the scheme additional to what was presented to the LAF. The presentation or indeed communication to the public has been limited and sparse.
I had no further communication from this meeting until the LAF, a public meeting. The first time for myself, alongside residents to see any images or written detail on the proposal. The first timeline of events was also presented at the LAF on October 18th.
I understand that since the LAF meeting, numerous residents have had generic email communication from John Chilvers, the detail of any email or correspondence from John Chilvers to the residents and The Ivers Parish Council; I have not been included or consulted on.
A late decision was made by the Leader and Resources cabinet member to attend RPRA and talk to a selective audience.
Obviously, I can’t speak for the previous cabinet member and it is not appropriate to refer to previous members decisions in current reports.
I do not think the report statement, that the council’s LAF presentation fully communicated and briefed the residents on Cabinets member’s intentions in the project proposal is accurate.
Like residents I found the detail insufficient and the scheme proposal vague and detrimental to the community and the environment.
There was no communication by County to engage or discuss this proposal in this pre-consultation stage with the South Bucks District Council until I brought this scheme to the district council’s attention.
I am still unclear with this project, which authority would have a planning interest and an Environmental Health interest with this scheme. I also believe there are statutory duties relating to the Environmental Health elements in this scheme which are outstanding.
I wish to clarify once again that I am not wholly supportive of this scheme; there are too many discrepancies and uncertainties. I share local resident’s views that this proposal will bring undue traffic volumes and disruption to all The Ivers. I do not feel there is a fair regard to the local community in the structure of this scheme.
Cllr Luisa Sullivan