Posts Tagged ‘Councillor Elizabeth Hughes’

Planning Enforcement in Heston & Cranford

November 9, 2010

On 24 July 2007, Borough Council decided to remove for one year the Planning Enforcement decisions from the Heston & Cranford Area Committee.  The background to this is here, here and here.

More recently, there was a decision taken by this Area Committee that has already caught the attention of Councillors, member of the public and the press.  See here and here.

This item regarding a property Victoria Gardens is up there with some of the other decisions made by this Area Committee that have caused concern in the past.  Amongst the correct decisions taken by the previous administration following the report from the Local Government Ombudsman was the introduction of recorded votes for all planning matters.  At least it is now possible for the likes of Councillors Vaught, Mann & Elizabeth Hughes to disassociate themselves from such odd decisions.

The bottom line issue here is whether this breach is immune from enforcement action (if a breach goes undetected for four years, it is then immune from enforcement action).

Section 4.2 of the report presented to the Area Committee on 23 September said:

“The aerial photographs taken in May 2007 show that the second rear extension had not been built at that time. It is not, therefore, immune from enforcement action.”

For Councillors to go against an aerial photograph is, as far as I am aware, unprecedented and deeply concerning.  On face value, it is possibily the most bizarre planning enforcement decision I have known since being elected in 2002.

My questions to Councillor Ruth Cadbury, who has Lead Member Responsibility for Planning amongst her portfolio, are the following:

  1. Do you share my concerns about this decision?
  2. Have you ever known an aerial photograph be disregarded this way?
  3. Do you intend to do anything about it or take the view that this is a matter for the Area Committee alone?
  4. What do you believe could/should be done to avoid such a decision from happening again?

My question to Councillors Bath, Rajawat, Gill, Gopal Dhillon & Kaur (who voted to overturn the officer recommendation to take enforcement action) aswell as Councillors John Chatt and Poonam Dhillon (who abstained) is simply why did any factor they considered override the comments in section 4.2 of the report?  Councillor Sohan Sangha also abstained but in fairness to him, he appears to abstain on everything in his capacity as Chair.

I very much hope that all of the Councillors I have mentioned face the music and provide very clear explanations to the Press and anyone else who may ask for their rationale on the night.

Yesterday in Heston West

February 28, 2010

Managed to begin delivering the latest leaflet and got quite a few out considering the up and down nature of the weather.

Not as many things picked up as usual:

1) Flyposting

My blog does reflect how much tagging and graffiti I report.  It does not capture the amount of flyposting I report partly because I do not wish to advertise such businesses.  Here is an example near 159 High Street, Cranford, from yesterday:

The above damages the streetscene as much as tagging in my opinion.

2) Damaged utility box

The following is in Somerset Waye (near the junction with Cranford Lane):

3) Grass verges

I know I have commented about this before.   I think it is a shame when people drive over these.   The first is outside 139a Brabazon Road:

The  next is outside 52 Brabazon Road:

And, 8, 14, 20 & 47 Meadow Waye:

4) New Community Centre

I was pleased to see the following (previous pictures showed it boarded up):

It was being opened that day by Councillor Elizabeth Hughes.

5) Highways

Was pleased to see something I reported had been repaired to a good standard:

Outside 39 Cobham Road:

Outside 99 Cobham Road:

64 Meadow Waye:

The carriageway looks very bad outside 195 Brabazon Road:

6) The UK Flag being flown with pride

Great to see outside Cranford Community College – sorry for no close up:

What will Colin Ellar and Robin Taylor if they see this?

Will report matters, where appropriate, tomorrow.