Hello all Save Capel supporters
Has Summer ended? Is Autumn now happening? Probably, we all have different feelings at the passing of the seasons, however, there might be a piece of good news……. TWBC have not yet submitted their Local Plan to the Government for inspection!
Their development scheme indicated this would happen by the end of July; it didn’t! Latest news is that the earliest they will action that is the end of October, or maybe even later. Which means that the Inspector Hearings will not happen until the first quarter of 2022….at least.
Now why could that be? Surely, it’s not because all of our Regulation 19 submissions have caused them to either think again, or to try to build stonewall defences against the challenges we have posed to them?!
Whatever the reason, the saga goes on. There is a school of thought that says the longer it does, the less likely the Local Plan will go ahead as previously published. Let us all hope so, but realise we need to keep the campaign fighting against the nonsense that has been put forward.
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
We’d like to thank the Members of Save Capel who attended the AGM on Monday 20th September 2021. It was good to see so many of you there, and so much better to be able to meet face to face at last. We also had four senior Borough Councillors from Tonbridge & Malling attending; their wards all border Capel Parish and they are very supportive of our campaign. Unfortunately, our MP Greg Clark could not attend.
The headlines from the AGM are:
Stewart Gledhill as our Chair gave a presentation on the activities and progress of the campaign over the past 18 months, the state of our finances, and the anticipated way forward over the next stages of the Local Plan process. Fundraising was highlighted as an important activity over the coming months, and a Grand Christmas Raffle has been launched which will be drawn on 18th December.
The five current members of the Save Capel Executive had all indicated that they would be prepared to stand again if required (Stewart Gledhill, Ian Pattenden, Maggie Fenton, Jan Mueller, and Charlie Keeling). The really good news is that two other members put themselves forward to expand the Executive back to the maximum seven members as per Save Capel’s constitution.
- Dave Lovell, our former Chair, who back in March 2021 had taken a much-needed sabbatical from the Save Capel campaign, has re-joined the Executive.
- Mark Colyer, who has worked very hard with the Executive for the last two years, and has been a key member of the Brownfield/Alternative Sites Team
The Executive Election produced a unanimous vote of support. So welcome Mark and welcome back Dave; it’s great to have you on Board.