20 June 2017

Permitting Sundials?

IMPORTANT SECOND EDIT 27 JUNE 2017 - THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT OF WALSALL COUNCIL HAVE CONFIRMED THAT SITE NOTICES FOR THE PLANNING PROPOSAL HAVE NOT YET BEEN ERECTED! 

PEOPLE WILL HAVE 21 DAYS FROM THE DATE THE SITE NOTICES ARE ERECTED TO SUBMIT COMMENTS/OBJECTIONS. UNFORTUNATELY AT THE PRESENT TIME THERE IS NO PLAN TO AMEND THE DATES ON THE PLANNING NOTICE ON THE WEB SITE DUE TO INTERNAL COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS (That's my interpretation of the issue) ALL A LITTLE BIT NAUGHTY UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES BY ALL PARTIES INVOLVED!




IMPORTANT EDIT 22 JUNE 2017: ALL COMMENTS/OBJECTIONS HAVE TO BE SUBMITTED BY  6 JULY 2017


I took a lot of personal abuse and grief for my blog SUNDIALS AND DEMOCRACY  (please click on the highlighted words to read the full story - thank you!) from those who don't much care for the democratic process. Fortunately it was later confirmed that planning permission would be required and could not be circumvented at a whim before £10,000 of publicly funded money could be spent on erecting a sundial on The Croft in Aldridge.

It is noted that planning permission has now been applied for.  You can see the full application HERE. The planning reference is 17/0704. Just pop the details in and you can then view all the papers although. You can also press the "Click Here to make a comment on this application" to make your views known or of you prefer, you can email or write to the planning department. Just make sure you quote the reference! You have until 13 July 2017 to make a comment.

I don't wish to preach but there's no point moaning about something after the event! If you have a view, a strong view, one way or another, then please let the planning department know. It is not a forgone conclusion that any application will be approved and not everything that is submitted within an application is necessarily the truth, only the truth as the applicant sees it.

You can also make representations to your local councillors. (Just click on the names below for details of how to contact them)
For Aldridge Central and South they are:
John Murray
John Rochelle
Timothy Wilson 

For Aldridge North and Walsall Wood they are:
Gary Clarke
Anthony Harris 
Keith Sears 

I am not making my own personal opinion on this planning application known here and now. That will follow.

4 comments:

  1. Seems like there are a lot of wheels within wheels here. Aldridge Village Partnership, The Rotary Club, Croft Community Group all linked to a greater or lesser degree. Looking at the Aldridge Village Partnership details on the Companies House it states that the charity that was set up (and through which it presumably got the £10k grant) has the following aims: (1)The promotion of sustainable means of achieving economic growth and re-generation. (2) The relief of poverty, and the improvement of conditions in socially and economically disadvantaged communities. (3) The preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of resources.
    I'm sorry where does a sun-dial fit into any of the above three? In fact in trying to erect a sun-dial within a protected area WITHOUT PLANNING PERMISSION AS THEY ORIGINALLY TRIED TO DO, they are actually going against one of their aims.
    It seems to me that the decision to erect a sundial by a small closed group of business people without consultation is a vanity project fuelled by self aggrandizement.
    What next plaques or banners around it saying "Aldridge Sundial sponsored by......."? No thank you very much. Spend the 10k on something worthwhile.

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  2. Totally agree with you Ian!
    How does this "sundial" fit any of the criteria?!! The chosen few making good decisions for the majority! Surely this can't/shouldn't be allowed!

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  3. I see a lot of comments about the Sundial Project which are all personal opinion whilst I have no wish to share my own views I do feel frustrated when people suggest spending the money on something else, this simply can't be done. The Tesco bags scheme money which was voted for by Tesco customers can only be used for the project proposed.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. As you seem to know about the Tesco scheme perhaps you may have some idea as to what would happen to the money if planning permission is refused and a suitable alternative site cannot be found? Is the money then returned to the Groundwork.org charity?

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