Sir, — To his credit, Henley MP John Howell has accurate “localism” and neighbourhood plans.
Indeed, I adapted him as a angel of Oxfordshire Neighbourhood Affairs Alliance, assertive him to be aboveboard about these matters.
In 2011, Tom Fort apprenticed Sonning Common Archdiocese Board to actualize a neighbourhood plan beneath the Localism Act.
It was agreed and abounding ballsy volunteers came advanced to abutment it and bounded democracy.
Tom has done a abundant job, both as a advance archdiocese councillor and through the plan.
However, John no best has abundant access in Whitehall and, anticipation from bounded aspirants “on manoeuvres”, he seems to abridgement the aplomb of his added common bounded affair activists.
He was asked to abutment the Sonning Common neighbourhood plan aback it was beneath claiming from the antic Inspired Villages application.
He artlessly banned and didn’t alike address to the planning inspector. Bounded association adapted better.
John has ahead denounced the “unmet apartment need” of Oxford burghal as actuality boundless and acquired by an disproportionate allocation of acreage for application rather than apartment there.
He additionally denounced the absurd abstract bounded plan of the aftermost Conservative administering at South Oxfordshire Commune Council, advertence that “it is not what I would accept done” and acquainted that his mailbag was abounding of bent complaints from residents.
He additionally fabricated it bright that he did not accede with the rather arrogant appearance of aloft Oxfordshire Canton Board baton Ian Hudspeth (Conservative) in favour of accumulation citizenry accretion and development in the county.
There are lies, accursed lies and John Howell’s abusage of statistics.
On July 16, he wrote to the Henley Standard suggesting that the new Liberal Democrat-Green administering at the commune board had bargain apartment supply. He able-bodied knows that that is not the case.
It is accurate that in June 2019 the anniversary apartment acreage accumulation account for 2019 to 2024 showed 9.75 years of supply, based on an all-embracing apartment claim of 654 from the Government’s own “standard method” formula, of which John was one of the authors.
In the accepted year’s apartment accumulation account for 2021 to 2026 the akin of accumulation is 5.33 years.
However, the all-embracing accumulation of homes charcoal aloft 6,000 and is absolutely hardly up on aftermost year.
So why has the cardinal of years of accumulation fallen? The abandoned aberration is the divisor — the apartment requirement.
Instead of 654 previously, that has now leapt to 1,145 per annum.
Following the acceptance of the bounded plan 2035, which Apartment Secretary Robert Jenrick abundantly afraid through examination, the apartment claim has now rocketed.
It is important to accept how it is calculated. It is fabricated up of a accepted anniversary claim of 900 homes per annum, added a “shortfall” of 954 (because the 900 akin now retrospectively goes aback to 2011, so a arrears from the Conservative years of 2011 to 2018/19 is exposed), which has to be “made good” aural bristles years. Finally, there is a bristles per cent buffer.
So the accumulation of 6,101 is disconnected by 1,145 to accord 5.33 years. Don’t accord in deception, John.
This college accountability includes unmet apartment allegation of Oxford, which was imposed on the commune council, and a anticipation of aerial job growth.
On July 30 John wrote to the Standard to try to affect the absolute aperture of acceptance by the Government in accretion the apartment ambition for Oxfordshire from three years of accumulation to five.
The three-year accumulation was accurately agreed to abetment in the aboriginal years of accepting college apartment requirements in the new bounded plan.
But no eventually was the bounded plan adopted than they bankrupt their ancillary of the acceding on the accord on a apocryphal pretext.
The Conservative abstraction of blame all-inclusive citizenry increases for the Oxfordshire and the OxCam Arc is a levelling bottomward project.
It is based on funnelling investment, added citizenry and concreting into Oxfordshire, appropriately abstinent the all-important bread-and-butter befalling to the North and regions.
Massive advance in jobs (and appropriately citizenry and burghal Londonisation) in our breadth is the actual adverse of bounded “levelling up”. All that is not about the needs and wellbeing of bounded residents, nor of the environment.
Apparently, John thinks the commune board should be acknowledging alike added development applications. Which are they? Discharge of altitude at Thames Farm, for example? Any refusals or delays are appropriately done on their merits.
Conservatives generally try to affect their motivations in planning by suggesting that they are mostly anxious to accredit bounded bodies to get bashful housing.
However, that is not what was accident at the commune board during the Conservative years. The allotment allotment of two- and three-bedroom homes aural the bazaar apartment banal fell and the allotment of four bedchamber homes soared.
It is accessible and assured that extensions and acceptable developments abate the cardinal of abate homes in favour of ample ones.
That is able and acceptable development changes of use of bartering backdrop do accommodate absolutely a lot of one-bedroom homes but if the all-embracing banal is to be counterbalanced in band with needs again the new-build apartment sites allegation focus the bazaar apartment on new two- and three-bedroom homes.
Instead the Conservatives accustomed a lot of added four bedchamber homes to be congenital on the new ample apartment developments.
The aftereffect was that the accumulation of the bazaar for abate homes was strangled, so their prices soared and, of course, rents went up too. Moreover, because non-market “affordable” apartment rents are set by advertence to bazaar rents, they went up as well.
Because of the appraisement structure, abounding of the beyond four bedchamber bazaar backdrop are bought by bodies advancing in from alfresco the county. Meanwhile, bounded bodies are awash short.
On July 30 the Financial Times arise that developers had donated £18million of funds to the Conservative Affair in the aftermost two years, a ample allotment of it absolute funding.
The commodity was accurate to point out that there was no affidavit of any bond to policy. A Conservative Affair agent said: “Government action is in no way afflicted by donations the affair receives. They are absolutely separate.”
So that austere all that up. However, I do admiration what Robbie Burns ability accept bound about it had he been actuality to apprehend it.
The Inspired Villages retirement address was heard by an ambassador who seemed to absorb broad the awry presentation of the applicants.
He absitively to acutely disagree with the allegation of addition ambassador for the bounded plan who had abandoned afresh begin the actual aforementioned apartment accumulation account for 2020 to 2025 complete at 5.35 years and had anxiously advised the catechism of aged provision.
The plan ambassador had begin that it was abortive to be able to quantify alcove types of aged accouterment and choices by owner-occupiers in the UK market. Although constancy would affect approaching demographics and that new accumulation was appropriate, he acquainted that there was affluence of time for the all-important accouterment to be fabricated on the commune council’s ample cardinal sites.
The adjustment of appraisal of the accumulation sites and numbers was audibly starkly different.
In my view, the address ambassador erred in applying the amiss standards — the ones adapted by the applicants.
This case seems to accomplish the Planning Inspectorate arise in anarchy beneath this Government. Shouldn’t articular and constant argumentation administer amid inspectors?
Using a byword from the American bondservant trade, John howls that Sonning Common has been “sold bottomward the river”.
Yes, John, but not by association or councillors. — Yours faithfully,
Councillor Leigh Rawlins
(Liberal Democrat), Sonning Common ward, South Oxfordshire Commune Council
Slipway still not restored
Sir, — On April 30, you arise Henley boondocks agent Sheridan Jacklin-Edward absolutely effusively thanking Michael Shanly, of Sorbon Estates, for his “personal guarantees to convention the all-important work” to restore the Friday Artery slipway.
More than three months accept now anesthetized afterwards any of the promised accomplishments to restore the acreage of the slipway to how it was. This raises three questions:
1. Why is Henley Boondocks Board absolutely bashful about actuality let bottomward so badly?
2. Why is Sorbon Estates allegedly agreeable to accept its acceptability blah by reneging on an acceding that it advisedly entered into?
3. Why is the Henley Standard not application its abilities of analytic journalism to accord us some answers? — Yours faithfully,
Henley Road, Wargrave
Henley boondocks agent Sheridan Jacklin-Edward responds: “Henley Boondocks Board is acutely aghast that Sorbon has not removed the accurate on the Friday Artery slipway.
“Sorbon Estates concreted the slipway in summer 2020 afterwards any ascendancy or permission from either the Ambiance Agency or the planning authority.
“Despite accepting assurances on several occasions that the assignment would be done, it is still outstanding.
“Last week, the boondocks board met with Katherine Croom, managing administrator of Sorbon Estates.
“We common our apropos and requested that the slipway be anon reinstated and accustomed a added allegation that this would happen. We attending advanced to Sorbon Estates commutual this assignment as a amount of urgency.
“Henley Boondocks Board has additionally been putting accident affairs in abode should Sorbon abort to bear on its promises.”
Sorbon Estates responded: “Discussions about this breadth are ongoing.
“In fact, our managing administrator had a advantageous affair on the amount with Henley Boondocks Board aftermost week.
“Plans are underway to advance the breadth and we attending advanced to administration these as anon as possible.”
Bring aback putting green
Sir, — How can Henley Boondocks Board be able to absorb £255,940 on a new adventitious golf course, application bogus grass and plastic, afterwards acknowledging that we accept an ecological emergency (Standard, August 6)?
What was amiss with the antecedent putting green? It provided a lot of amusement at actual little amount and I would like to see it reinstated. — Yours faithfully,
Meadow Road, Henley
Sir, — The affected appellation “climate emergency” has been declared by Henley Boondocks Board and South Oxfordshire Commune Council, lobbied for by a few self-appointed altitude activists. I don’t apperceive of anyone who has been consulted about this decay of our board tax.
Local councils should stick to what they are paid for, such as planning and elimination our bins, not political posturing.
The aftermost affair our MP John Howell should do is vote for the absolute Altitude Ecological Emergency Bill.
At accepted elections, altitude change is far bottomward the account of people’s concerns, which is why there is abandoned one Blooming Affair MP.
Consequently, the adverse altitude change antechamber needs to accomplish its will by added means.
A citizens’ assembly, as proposed in the bill, would absolutely be abounding about abandoned with accurate believers.
The bill, if enacted, would become a accurately bounden awning for annihilation the accumulation wanted. Aloof like the Brexit remainers, altitude activists would use the law to accomplish their absolute will.
In a antecedent letter to the Henley Standard, the alternative of associates to a altitude accumulation was likened to that of board service. That is a apocryphal analogy.
One cannot debris board account but one can debris to be on a citizens’ assembly. Best bodies are not absorbed abundant in the altitude alarm and consequently, if selected, would not bother to join.
Conversely, all accurate believers would absolutely accompany and from those a baddest few would be in allegation and alpha to set new accurately bounden altitude objectives for the UK, bypassing Parliament and the accurate will of the people.
It is the accustomed bodies on boilerplate salaries and beneath who, through alleged renewable activity subsidies and taxes, will accept to bottom the £1.3trillion bill for net aught carbon dioxide (the amount now afraid out of the altitude change committee).
Boris Johnson is accepting afraid that the costs of extensive “net zero” would demolish alive chic families in seats anew won at the aftermost election.
It would amount him a approaching acclamation as few would vote for his affair if they accepted the accurate amount of “net zero”.
Furthermore, the Activity Technologies Convention has said that the amount of retrofitting the UK apartment banal abandoned could be in balance of £2trillion and a address from the Global Warming Action Foundation put the absolute amount in balance of £3 trillion. — Yours faithfully,
Fake, abandoned symbolism
Sir, — The Marble Able Mound, London’s latest attraction, is by far the best cogent allegory for all that is apish and bogus in our added basic existence.
Apart from access with the Trojan Horse or the Emperor’s New Clothes, the coffer demonstrates the abyss which has entered into our aggregate artistic consciousness.
The abundant coffer of Silbury Hill, abreast Avebury, Wiltshire, is a Megalithic Portal or a burying mound, or an attack to be the aboriginal to accost the sunrise.
Whatever its aboriginal intention, it has solidity, purpose and is of the Earth.
The Marble Able Coffer disfigures John Nash’s arch, abbreviation it to Lego.
The angle from the top are far beneath than from the London Wheel and its acceptation is a blinding admonition that we are gradually affective arise the empty, inauthentic apologue of imitation. — Yours faithfully,
Our greatest Olympian?
I was alert to our television watching the Olympics.
One of the common capacity of altercation amid the pundits anxious who was Britain’s greatest anytime Olympian.
However, the agitation rarely advised anyone who competed above-mentioned to the Seventies and Eighties.
I accept that there is a able case for assertive that if rower Jack Beresford was not our greatest of all time, he allegation be actual abutting to that accolade.
His almanac was amazing:
1920 Antwerp — Argent badge in the distinct sculls
1924 Paris — Gold in the distinct sculls
1928 Amsterdam — Argent in the eights
1932 Los Angeles — Gold in the coxless fours
1936 Berlin — Gold in the bifold sculls
So, argent or gold in bristles alternating Olympics.
Beresford was training for the bifold sculls in the 1940 Olympics aback the war intervened and the Games were cancelled.
Had they taken place, it is assertive he would accept been acknowledged in six afterwards Olympics.
I do not apperceive whether such a accomplishment has anytime been accomplished. Beresford lived in Shiplake for best of his life. — Yours faithfully,
I address with advertence to the commodity on the wartime activities of the Upper Thames Patrol (Standard, July 30).
One branch mentioned “a woman walking her dog abreast Nettlebed saw two parachutists land, who angry out to be adversary agents”.
Does anyone accept added advice on this? — Yours faithfully,
Festival of ancestors fun
How far has the Thames Acceptable Baiter Anniversary arise from the aboriginal little assemblage of agreeing souls with admirable archetypal boats who aggregate on Fawley Meadows in Henley added than 40 years ago?
Now bags army to relax and eat, drink, accept to abundant music and adore the better acquisition of archetypal river ability in the world.
These are abutting by a army of flag-festooned iconic “Dunkirk” boats acquiescently preserved and none attractive as if it could accept completed the momentous assignment they performed in the aftermost war.
These days, the boats are abutting by examples of all forms of best carriage — admirable old cars, absorption engines, a accomplished billet of army cartage and the much-loved amphibian cartage that attending so abandoned aback “swimming” and arise to agitate themselves like ducks as they drive out of the baptize on to dry land.
Majoring at the “Trad” this year is the National Carriage Trust, an organisation as important to our engineering ancestry as the National Assurance is to our congenital ancestry but, sadly, not yet as able-bodied known.
It gives grants and awards for apology of all forms of carriage and works adamantine to animate adolescent bodies to get complex with engineering on all levels.
The assurance will be announcement both adequate cartage and some beneath restoration.
Brooklands Museum is allowance with this and will accompany a altered agent anniversary day. We achievement Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang will be there (I’ve been aggravating to get her for six years!)
Robert Morley, a antecedent assurance accolade recipient, has adequate a cardinal of boats, including a Aboriginal Apple War motor abate baiter that was radio-controlled.
This will be on the baptize as the Bremont Abundant War Affectation Team, based at White Waltham airfield, flies over.
The anniversary will additionally be visited anniversary day by the Memorial Flight Spitfires. There will additionally be acceptable amphitheater rides for accouchement and the Denning Montessori School will action a little acquittal and a defended abode for any “lost” children. There are consistently a few competitions for accouchement with fun prizes.
The now absolute ancestors dog appearance will be demography abode anniversary day from Saturday.
Entry is £2 per chic in aid of the Ways and Agency Assurance in Peppard and you can access your dog in as abounding classes as you ambition on the day.
There will additionally be a acquisition of abundant horses and the best cartage they pull.
There will be a artery of aged shops and lots of added stands alms aggregate from brownies (made by two girls aiming for a canoeing gold in the abutting Olympics), avoid and best clothes to austere canoeing kit.
You will acquisition acceptable artery food, confined and the Crooked Billet pub from Stoke Row with that aforementioned admirable food.
The appearance goes on until 11pm anniversary day as the pub becomes a party. Bounded bands The Covered will comedy on the Friday and Saturday, Night Train on the Sunday and Led Zeppelin Activity on the Monday.
This year, the anniversary is alms black tickets for £5 for those who appetite to arise to dance, accept to the music, accept dinner, or aloof adore the ambient of a alcohol or two by the river.
On the Saturday there are aflame parades on acreage and on baptize and alike if you don’t appetite to ball the night away, it absolutely is account blockage for banquet to watch these.
Obviously this year’s accident will be altered because so abounding of the aliment stalls and traders who usually appear in July are already committed abroad for the coffer anniversary weekend. There are, of course, new suppliers and traders bushing the gaps.
One sad accident is the bear that Hobbs of Henley consistently so attentive provides in July but artlessly cannot do so over a coffer anniversary weekend. This may affect the cardinal of visitors — abandoned time will tell. There are prizes anniversary day for the best appropriately dressed visitor.
The time ambit is astronomic so dress up to bout any of the best cartage on affectation to be in with a adventitious of winning.
The official prize-giving for the assorted classes of baiter and engines etc will be on the Sunday as accepted so the Monday will be a day of alleviation for all the baiter owners and the judges, who absolutely do not relax until the prizes are awarded.
The ultimate aim of the Thames Acceptable Baiter Anniversary is to accomplish acceptable accumulation to be able to sponsor a boat-building amateur and two boat-building academies will authenticate the abilities they teach.
This “dream” can abandoned become absoluteness if the accident makes money. It is run absolutely by volunteers but still it is codicillary on sponsors such as Shanly Homes, Grundon, Hobbs and the Flying Scotsman Assurance afterwards whom the appearance would not go on.
Please acquaint all your accompany and contacts that this is a agitating event, able-bodied account a day or two of anyone’s coffer anniversary weekend. — Yours faithfully,
Co-chair, Thames Acceptable Baiter Festival, Fawley Hill
Grateful for all your help
Editor, — I afresh had a abatement alfresco the Waitrose abundance in Henley. I was at already helped by a adult doctor and Waitrose aboriginal aiders. I was taken to Townlands Memorial Hospital for a check-up.
I am so beholden to you all, acknowledge you. — Yours faithfully,
Thank you for kindness
I went to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading on Monday morning to accept the adhesive removed from my arm afterwards breaking my wrist.
The auto disciplinarian alone me off in absolutely the amiss place, which was awkward for me as I cannot airing far.
I was so actual afflicted by the assorted agents I met who asked me if I was all appropriate or bare help.
Without fail, anybody was so affectionate and helpful, accepting authority of a buggy to booty me to the actual abode and authoritative abiding I concluded up in the appropriate place. Acknowledge you.
I was additionally afflicted by the efficiency, timing and affliction of the medical staff.
Thank you to anybody at the Royal Berks for your affliction and kindness. — Yours faithfully,
Elizabeth Road, Henley
At atomic you got a reply
Sir, — Congratulations on eliciting a appreciably alert and abundant acknowledgment from Matthew Barber, the new Thames Valley badge and abomination abettor to my analytical letter (Standard, August 6).
I accept waited for a acknowledgment from him back the May 22.
However, I acknowledge that I am not the editor of an affecting bounded paper. — Yours faithfully,
Lea Road, Sonning Common
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