Christchurch council to hold investigation into Druitt Gardens tree felling after public outrage

Bournemouth Echo: TAKING ACTION: Residents urge contractors to stop felling trees in Druitt Gardens TAKING ACTION: Residents urge contractors to stop felling trees in Druitt Gardens

AN INVESTIGATION is to be held into how protected trees came to be felled in Christchurch last week.

Christchurch Borough Council announced yesterday that it would be looking into what happened at Druitt Gardens.

Four trees were cut down in the former nature reserve, which is being developed by Renaissance Retirement, despite the community successfully campaigning for tree preservation orders to be placed on them.

Councillors Margaret Phipps and Nick Geary will be leading the investigation and presenting the results at the council’s audit and scrutiny committee in March.

Cllr Phipps said: “This is a sensitive public issue and the involvement of the scrutiny committee will ensure there is full transparency regarding the issues being examined.”

The council said the decision to carry out the investigation was taken following a meeting convened by the leader of the council and aims to identify any required improvements to the council’s procedures.

However, Elliot Marx, who has spearheaded residents’ opposition to the tree felling, said that the investigation should be independent with each stage of the process thoroughly reviewed.

“Residents will be deeply dubious of any investigation undertaken by the council,” she said.

“I would like to see pictures of the damaged roots and know why this was allowed to happen on two consecutive days.

“The gardens have been so badly damaged by the council and no amount of replanting will help. It would take 20 years for it to recover.”

The investigation begins after tempers flared on Friday and the police were called following reports of a scuffle between a contractor and a resident.

Ms Marx added that 450 people in the area had written to the council opposing the felling of the trees.

‘Dead or decayed’ claim

THE council said a ‘master plan’ was developed for Druitt Gardens which went out to public consultation at the beginning of 2009.

A tree survey recommended the felling of 65 trees which were either dead, in decay or in a bad condition.

The council identified a further 25 trees, most of which were non-native, and recommended them to be felled to ‘improve the local character’ of the area. It added that more than 50 trees have been planted, predominantly saplings, and that a landscape plan will look to plant 30 more trees in the future.

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8:50am Tue 11 Feb 14

damnlion says...

For any investigation to be taken seriously, Christchurch Council should not be involved ! We all know what they mean by 'transparency !
We all know how they have desecrated Druitt Gardens, and appear to be in the pocket of developer Renaissance Retirement....
I believe Cllr N Geary was one of those wanting this area 'tidied up' so not sure how 'transparent' he will be...
Ought to be carried out by an independent organisation.
For any investigation to be taken seriously, Christchurch Council should not be involved ! We all know what they mean by 'transparency ! We all know how they have desecrated Druitt Gardens, and appear to be in the pocket of developer Renaissance Retirement.... I believe Cllr N Geary was one of those wanting this area 'tidied up' so not sure how 'transparent' he will be... Ought to be carried out by an independent organisation. damnlion
  • Score: 61

9:03am Tue 11 Feb 14

Crank says...

The Masterplan, of which I was on the committee, and which had the objective to improve the woodland value, did indeed identify 65 trees. BUT NOT THE TREES THEN REMOVED! The state of the woodland habitat now, bears no relation to the Masterplan. The Masterplan was council policy, adopted after extensive public consultation, whereas the Garden trashing had NO consultation.
The Masterplan, of which I was on the committee, and which had the objective to improve the woodland value, did indeed identify 65 trees. BUT NOT THE TREES THEN REMOVED! The state of the woodland habitat now, bears no relation to the Masterplan. The Masterplan was council policy, adopted after extensive public consultation, whereas the Garden trashing had NO consultation. Crank
  • Score: 40

9:39am Tue 11 Feb 14

wokboy60 says...

Its not just the trees we should be worrying about ! The "temporary "replacement footpath looks rather permanent to me like wise the "hoardings" around what may well prove to be a "permanent"rear access road ! How are service vehicles and emergency services expected to access the flats from the High Street through the narrow gap between the Library and Cafe ? Might be an idea for somebody to look at the Deeds of Transfer of Druitt Gardens to the Council ,many years ago, to see what Covenants, if any ,were placed on the Gardens !
Its not just the trees we should be worrying about ! The "temporary "replacement footpath looks rather permanent to me like wise the "hoardings" around what may well prove to be a "permanent"rear access road ! How are service vehicles and emergency services expected to access the flats from the High Street through the narrow gap between the Library and Cafe ? Might be an idea for somebody to look at the Deeds of Transfer of Druitt Gardens to the Council ,many years ago, to see what Covenants, if any ,were placed on the Gardens ! wokboy60
  • Score: 40

10:05am Tue 11 Feb 14

selectortone says...

My sister is married to a property developer and he told me it is standard practice with dodgy developers, when faced with a situation like this, to cause "accidental" damage to any obstruction such that it needs to be removed, thus circumventing any preservation order. (Not my brother-in-law's standard practice I hasten to add...) The developer will factor into his budget any fines that might need to be paid.

Shame this isn't 18th Century France; we could get the guillotine out. I'd be happy to pull the lever.
My sister is married to a property developer and he told me it is standard practice with dodgy developers, when faced with a situation like this, to cause "accidental" damage to any obstruction such that it needs to be removed, thus circumventing any preservation order. (Not my brother-in-law's standard practice I hasten to add...) The developer will factor into his budget any fines that might need to be paid. Shame this isn't 18th Century France; we could get the guillotine out. I'd be happy to pull the lever. selectortone
  • Score: 40

10:22am Tue 11 Feb 14

billy bumble says...

damnlion wrote:
For any investigation to be taken seriously, Christchurch Council should not be involved ! We all know what they mean by 'transparency !
We all know how they have desecrated Druitt Gardens, and appear to be in the pocket of developer Renaissance Retirement....
I believe Cllr N Geary was one of those wanting this area 'tidied up' so not sure how 'transparent' he will be...
Ought to be carried out by an independent organisation.
Yup - Independent is the only credible way to go
[quote][p][bold]damnlion[/bold] wrote: For any investigation to be taken seriously, Christchurch Council should not be involved ! We all know what they mean by 'transparency ! We all know how they have desecrated Druitt Gardens, and appear to be in the pocket of developer Renaissance Retirement.... I believe Cllr N Geary was one of those wanting this area 'tidied up' so not sure how 'transparent' he will be... Ought to be carried out by an independent organisation.[/p][/quote]Yup - Independent is the only credible way to go billy bumble
  • Score: 28

10:24am Tue 11 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

If the Council are to hold this 'Investigation' then it will probably be confined to investigating how they can cover up this whole shocking TPO tree felling matter, because somewhere 'heads should be rolling' over what happened.

Any reputable enquiry into what happened with these protected trees should be independent of both Christchurch Council and the developer and be held in public - anything else would widely be viewed as a pointless farce and a whitewash.
If the Council are to hold this 'Investigation' then it will probably be confined to investigating how they can cover up this whole shocking TPO tree felling matter, because somewhere 'heads should be rolling' over what happened. Any reputable enquiry into what happened with these protected trees should be independent of both Christchurch Council and the developer and be held in public - anything else would widely be viewed as a pointless farce and a whitewash. muscliffman
  • Score: 36

10:28am Tue 11 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

Perhaps these 'accidents' would be less likely to happen if planning consent could be revoked if any protected tree/building/wildli
fe was damaged during groundworks?
Perhaps these 'accidents' would be less likely to happen if planning consent could be revoked if any protected tree/building/wildli fe was damaged during groundworks? speedy231278
  • Score: 32

11:18am Tue 11 Feb 14

audicherry says...

Any investigation should should be carried out independently or it will be yet another cover up this Council.Oh for some honesty it is time this Council and its Officers became accountable for their decision some of which have been of the most extreme.As a Council for the last 20 years they have been rubbish some of their decisions are a disgrace it is about time they came clean.We are paying and letting them handle vast amounts of our money and they seem to spend it as they please.
Any investigation should should be carried out independently or it will be yet another cover up this Council.Oh for some honesty it is time this Council and its Officers became accountable for their decision some of which have been of the most extreme.As a Council for the last 20 years they have been rubbish some of their decisions are a disgrace it is about time they came clean.We are paying and letting them handle vast amounts of our money and they seem to spend it as they please. audicherry
  • Score: 26

12:08pm Tue 11 Feb 14

elaine191261 says...

This is such a disgrace ,the poor woman who donated the gardens to the people of Christchurch would be turning over in her grave and cursing them ,they sold it for retirement homes. !!! Just so they could make money ,these council They are a real disgrace to this town wrecking it is shameful
This is such a disgrace ,the poor woman who donated the gardens to the people of Christchurch would be turning over in her grave and cursing them ,they sold it for retirement homes. !!! Just so they could make money ,these council They are a real disgrace to this town wrecking it is shameful elaine191261
  • Score: 36

12:37pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Nanais43 says...

It needs an independent investigation. Too much is already discussed and decided behind closed doors. This council is not trusted.
It needs an independent investigation. Too much is already discussed and decided behind closed doors. This council is not trusted. Nanais43
  • Score: 33

12:56pm Tue 11 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Get the insurance companies involved in investigating who is to blame because they sure as Hell won,t pay out any damages on the say so of some dodgy councillors.
Get the insurance companies involved in investigating who is to blame because they sure as Hell won,t pay out any damages on the say so of some dodgy councillors. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 14

1:14pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Justin Black says...

How reassuring to know that that Christchurch Council are holding an investigation. It is also reassuring to know that the investigation is to be headed allegedly by the Leaders close friend Cllr. Nick Geary, who is also Chair of the Audit & Scrutiny Committee who the investigators will report to.
Have you spotted anything untoward yet? Cllr.Geary will be accompanied by the Leaders protégé Cllr. Phipps. So everything will be above board then and nothing to worry about! I wonder how much of the alleged investigation will be decided behind closed doors or at Conservative Group Meetings?
Sorry Cllr. Nottage,, you must think that because we have a high proportion of retired residents that we are all in an advanced state of dementia.

I think most of the people who know you will, even at this stage, know what the result of the investigation will be. You will be completely exonerated, even though it is alleged that you were determined to drop those trees at any cost, and as a number of the new Councillors in your group accept the alleged bullying tactics, they will all turn a blind eye. Does Christchurch now have the very first Communist Conservative Group?

Roll on 2015, this is the time the residents of Purewell & Stanpit will show you how much trust they have in you.

You are the best weapon UKIP have.
How reassuring to know that that Christchurch Council are holding an investigation. It is also reassuring to know that the investigation is to be headed allegedly by the Leaders close friend Cllr. Nick Geary, who is also Chair of the Audit & Scrutiny Committee who the investigators will report to. Have you spotted anything untoward yet? Cllr.Geary will be accompanied by the Leaders protégé Cllr. Phipps. So everything will be above board then and nothing to worry about! I wonder how much of the alleged investigation will be decided behind closed doors or at Conservative Group Meetings? Sorry Cllr. Nottage,, you must think that because we have a high proportion of retired residents that we are all in an advanced state of dementia. I think most of the people who know you will, even at this stage, know what the result of the investigation will be. You will be completely exonerated, even though it is alleged that you were determined to drop those trees at any cost, and as a number of the new Councillors in your group accept the alleged bullying tactics, they will all turn a blind eye. Does Christchurch now have the very first Communist Conservative Group? Roll on 2015, this is the time the residents of Purewell & Stanpit will show you how much trust they have in you. You are the best weapon UKIP have. Justin Black
  • Score: 34

1:22pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Blogtrotter says...

Usual cr@p from the Echo. Giant hole opens up in Druitt Gardens. Council say they are looking into it.

There is no effective representation in Christchurch since the councils merged.

Vote them all out and start the council again from scratch.

It's the only way to end the corruption and incompetence and have christchurch run by local people for the good of the borough.
Usual cr@p from the Echo. Giant hole opens up in Druitt Gardens. Council say they are looking into it. There is no effective representation in Christchurch since the councils merged. Vote them all out and start the council again from scratch. It's the only way to end the corruption and incompetence and have christchurch run by local people for the good of the borough. Blogtrotter
  • Score: 22

1:22pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Billycat says...

billy bumble wrote:
damnlion wrote:
For any investigation to be taken seriously, Christchurch Council should not be involved ! We all know what they mean by 'transparency !
We all know how they have desecrated Druitt Gardens, and appear to be in the pocket of developer Renaissance Retirement....
I believe Cllr N Geary was one of those wanting this area 'tidied up' so not sure how 'transparent' he will be...
Ought to be carried out by an independent organisation.
Yup - Independent is the only credible way to go
Fact: Cllr N Geary's wife is the Town Centre Councillor - and has been notoriously unsupportive of pretty much anything to do with any local campaign to support Druitt Hall or Druitt Gardens. She shows no interest in the happenings of the ward and can NEVER find the time or inclination to attend any of the CCA (Christchurch Citizens Assn.) monthly meetings. So his appointment would appear to be questionable. So if Nick Geary wants his dinner!!!
Peter Hall who has so much knowledge and has given so much time and effort into supporting local community issues would have been a far more constructive, transparent and honest choice.
Maybe the powers that be don't want his valuable input, it could ruin the outcome of the 'investigation'. Time will tell!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]damnlion[/bold] wrote: For any investigation to be taken seriously, Christchurch Council should not be involved ! We all know what they mean by 'transparency ! We all know how they have desecrated Druitt Gardens, and appear to be in the pocket of developer Renaissance Retirement.... I believe Cllr N Geary was one of those wanting this area 'tidied up' so not sure how 'transparent' he will be... Ought to be carried out by an independent organisation.[/p][/quote]Yup - Independent is the only credible way to go[/p][/quote]Fact: Cllr N Geary's wife is the Town Centre Councillor - and has been notoriously unsupportive of pretty much anything to do with any local campaign to support Druitt Hall or Druitt Gardens. She shows no interest in the happenings of the ward and can NEVER find the time or inclination to attend any of the CCA (Christchurch Citizens Assn.) monthly meetings. So his appointment would appear to be questionable. So if Nick Geary wants his dinner!!! Peter Hall who has so much knowledge and has given so much time and effort into supporting local community issues would have been a far more constructive, transparent and honest choice. Maybe the powers that be don't want his valuable input, it could ruin the outcome of the 'investigation'. Time will tell!!!!! Billycat
  • Score: 24

1:31pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Billycat says...

Billycat wrote:
billy bumble wrote:
damnlion wrote:
For any investigation to be taken seriously, Christchurch Council should not be involved ! We all know what they mean by 'transparency !
We all know how they have desecrated Druitt Gardens, and appear to be in the pocket of developer Renaissance Retirement....
I believe Cllr N Geary was one of those wanting this area 'tidied up' so not sure how 'transparent' he will be...
Ought to be carried out by an independent organisation.
Yup - Independent is the only credible way to go
Fact: Cllr N Geary's wife is the Town Centre Councillor - and has been notoriously unsupportive of pretty much anything to do with any local campaign to support Druitt Hall or Druitt Gardens. She shows no interest in the happenings of the ward and can NEVER find the time or inclination to attend any of the CCA (Christchurch Citizens Assn.) monthly meetings. So his appointment would appear to be questionable. So if Nick Geary wants his dinner!!!
Peter Hall who has so much knowledge and has given so much time and effort into supporting local community issues would have been a far more constructive, transparent and honest choice.
Maybe the powers that be don't want his valuable input, it could ruin the outcome of the 'investigation'. Time will tell!!!!!
AN addition to the above, extract from other commentor:
It is also reassuring to know that the investigation is to be headed allegedly by the Leaders close friend Cllr. Nick Geary, who is also Chair of the Audit & Scrutiny Committee who the investigators will report to.
Wow, can it get any worse??????????
[quote][p][bold]Billycat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]damnlion[/bold] wrote: For any investigation to be taken seriously, Christchurch Council should not be involved ! We all know what they mean by 'transparency ! We all know how they have desecrated Druitt Gardens, and appear to be in the pocket of developer Renaissance Retirement.... I believe Cllr N Geary was one of those wanting this area 'tidied up' so not sure how 'transparent' he will be... Ought to be carried out by an independent organisation.[/p][/quote]Yup - Independent is the only credible way to go[/p][/quote]Fact: Cllr N Geary's wife is the Town Centre Councillor - and has been notoriously unsupportive of pretty much anything to do with any local campaign to support Druitt Hall or Druitt Gardens. She shows no interest in the happenings of the ward and can NEVER find the time or inclination to attend any of the CCA (Christchurch Citizens Assn.) monthly meetings. So his appointment would appear to be questionable. So if Nick Geary wants his dinner!!! Peter Hall who has so much knowledge and has given so much time and effort into supporting local community issues would have been a far more constructive, transparent and honest choice. Maybe the powers that be don't want his valuable input, it could ruin the outcome of the 'investigation'. Time will tell!!!!![/p][/quote]AN addition to the above, extract from other commentor: It is also reassuring to know that the investigation is to be headed allegedly by the Leaders close friend Cllr. Nick Geary, who is also Chair of the Audit & Scrutiny Committee who the investigators will report to. Wow, can it get any worse?????????? Billycat
  • Score: 27

1:34pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Nanais43 says...

I wonder what our MP, Christopher Chope, has to say about it??? Perhaps the Echo might ask him to comment?
I wonder what our MP, Christopher Chope, has to say about it??? Perhaps the Echo might ask him to comment? Nanais43
  • Score: 20

1:46pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Ruderemark says...

Why the need for the screen to prevent viewing from Xch High St if there is nothing to hide?
Why the need for the screen to prevent viewing from Xch High St if there is nothing to hide? Ruderemark
  • Score: 24

2:07pm Tue 11 Feb 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Make the developer stop work until they're replaced. They might have less 'accidents' if they have to spend time and money rectifying their 'accidents' before they can continue their project
Make the developer stop work until they're replaced. They might have less 'accidents' if they have to spend time and money rectifying their 'accidents' before they can continue their project HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 0

2:37pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Loyal2AFCB says...

I had always assumed that the sewage works was responsiible for the stench that pervades the town from time to time. I now realise that the source is the Civic Offices.
I had always assumed that the sewage works was responsiible for the stench that pervades the town from time to time. I now realise that the source is the Civic Offices. Loyal2AFCB
  • Score: 28

3:06pm Tue 11 Feb 14

downmoor-ch63 says...

Nanais43 wrote:
It needs an independent investigation. Too much is already discussed and decided behind closed doors. This council is not trusted.
YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO EITHER KEEP THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MESS, OR YOU GET RID OF THEM, IT IS YOUR CHOICE, IF YOU USE IT, IT IS CALLED A VOTE, SIMPLES!!.
[quote][p][bold]Nanais43[/bold] wrote: It needs an independent investigation. Too much is already discussed and decided behind closed doors. This council is not trusted.[/p][/quote]YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO EITHER KEEP THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MESS, OR YOU GET RID OF THEM, IT IS YOUR CHOICE, IF YOU USE IT, IT IS CALLED A VOTE, SIMPLES!!. downmoor-ch63
  • Score: 13

3:11pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Nanais43 says...

downmoor-ch63 wrote:
Nanais43 wrote:
It needs an independent investigation. Too much is already discussed and decided behind closed doors. This council is not trusted.
YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO EITHER KEEP THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MESS, OR YOU GET RID OF THEM, IT IS YOUR CHOICE, IF YOU USE IT, IT IS CALLED A VOTE, SIMPLES!!.
Of course I vote - and not for this lot. Sadly, a majority do. Simples.
[quote][p][bold]downmoor-ch63[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nanais43[/bold] wrote: It needs an independent investigation. Too much is already discussed and decided behind closed doors. This council is not trusted.[/p][/quote]YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO EITHER KEEP THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MESS, OR YOU GET RID OF THEM, IT IS YOUR CHOICE, IF YOU USE IT, IT IS CALLED A VOTE, SIMPLES!!.[/p][/quote]Of course I vote - and not for this lot. Sadly, a majority do. Simples. Nanais43
  • Score: 18

6:00pm Tue 11 Feb 14

hobosolero says...

Beggars belief - Everything is wrong and nothing is right about this. The Inquiry must be independent not led by a Cllr who wants the area "tidied up". Whilst the site is literally covered up by opaque fencing to screen the evidence of what has been done!
Beggars belief - Everything is wrong and nothing is right about this. The Inquiry must be independent not led by a Cllr who wants the area "tidied up". Whilst the site is literally covered up by opaque fencing to screen the evidence of what has been done! hobosolero
  • Score: 18

6:20pm Tue 11 Feb 14

billy bumble says...

hobosolero wrote:
Beggars belief - Everything is wrong and nothing is right about this. The Inquiry must be independent not led by a Cllr who wants the area "tidied up". Whilst the site is literally covered up by opaque fencing to screen the evidence of what has been done!
The fencing may be the least opaque thing in this sorry saga
[quote][p][bold]hobosolero[/bold] wrote: Beggars belief - Everything is wrong and nothing is right about this. The Inquiry must be independent not led by a Cllr who wants the area "tidied up". Whilst the site is literally covered up by opaque fencing to screen the evidence of what has been done![/p][/quote]The fencing may be the least opaque thing in this sorry saga billy bumble
  • Score: 15

6:28pm Tue 11 Feb 14

mytown1 says...

David McIntosh stated in The Echo on the 7th Feb 2014 that "No action will be taken against the developer ...... So judge, jury and the verdict to aquit have already been taken by the council. Why have an inquiry?. Is it just to appease the local residents who campaigned against the destruction in Druitt Gardens? Do they see their votes of being re-elected disappearing before their eyes? If they don't then they need to wake up and understand that the law abiding residents in Christchurch have had enough!
David McIntosh stated in The Echo on the 7th Feb 2014 that "No action will be taken against the developer ...... So judge, jury and the verdict to aquit have already been taken by the council. Why have an inquiry?. Is it just to appease the local residents who campaigned against the destruction in Druitt Gardens? Do they see their votes of being re-elected disappearing before their eyes? If they don't then they need to wake up and understand that the law abiding residents in Christchurch have had enough! mytown1
  • Score: 21

7:37pm Tue 11 Feb 14

FrogKiss says...

Needs to be an independent enquiry to have any creditability. How can it be assessed by unqualified councillors, many of which have been part of the process or have a declaration of interest. Roll on 2015!
Needs to be an independent enquiry to have any creditability. How can it be assessed by unqualified councillors, many of which have been part of the process or have a declaration of interest. Roll on 2015! FrogKiss
  • Score: 17

8:02pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Nanais43 says...

Nanais43 wrote:
I wonder what our MP, Christopher Chope, has to say about it??? Perhaps the Echo might ask him to comment?
I've emailed Mr Chope to ask him to look into this - maybe others could do the same?
[quote][p][bold]Nanais43[/bold] wrote: I wonder what our MP, Christopher Chope, has to say about it??? Perhaps the Echo might ask him to comment?[/p][/quote]I've emailed Mr Chope to ask him to look into this - maybe others could do the same? Nanais43
  • Score: 12

9:33pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Turtlebay says...

Nanais43 wrote:
Nanais43 wrote:
I wonder what our MP, Christopher Chope, has to say about it??? Perhaps the Echo might ask him to comment?
I've emailed Mr Chope to ask him to look into this - maybe others could do the same?
Good name for an MP in a question of chope -ing down trees!
[quote][p][bold]Nanais43[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nanais43[/bold] wrote: I wonder what our MP, Christopher Chope, has to say about it??? Perhaps the Echo might ask him to comment?[/p][/quote]I've emailed Mr Chope to ask him to look into this - maybe others could do the same?[/p][/quote]Good name for an MP in a question of chope -ing down trees! Turtlebay
  • Score: 5

9:46pm Thu 20 Feb 14

brian74 says...

hi if you are reading this the you know about DRUITT gardens and the cutting down of the trees by the Christchurch Panning Office.

if you agree that we need an independent inquiry then PLEASE sign this government petition.

http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/60678

thanks
hi if you are reading this the you know about DRUITT gardens and the cutting down of the trees by the Christchurch Panning Office. if you agree that we need an independent inquiry then PLEASE sign this government petition. http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/60678 thanks brian74
  • Score: 1

12:50pm Fri 21 Feb 14

localratepayer says...

Lets tell the Council how we feel about all this.

The next Council meeting is this coming Tuesday 6pm (25th) Why not make our views known to Councillors and the Press outside the Civic Office Bridge Street BH23 1AZ (rear entrance) at 5:45 Tues.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH— the Council must LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE!
Lets tell the Council how we feel about all this. The next Council meeting is this coming Tuesday 6pm (25th) Why not make our views known to Councillors and the Press outside the Civic Office Bridge Street BH23 1AZ (rear entrance) at 5:45 Tues. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH— the Council must LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE! localratepayer
  • Score: 6

9:50pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Billycat says...

localratepayer says...

Lets tell the Council how we feel about all this.

The next Council meeting is this coming Tuesday 6pm (25th) Why not make our views known to Councillors and the Press outside the Civic Office Bridge Street BH23 1AZ (rear entrance) at 5:45 Tues.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH— the Council must LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE!


What a GOOD IDEA. The vast majority of Christchurch Councillors really do seem oblivious to the feelings and views of local people - the people they are SUPPOSED to be representing. They seem to have their own small minded, insular, bigoted approach to a lot of what they do. They then have the gall to suggest that what they do is in the interests of the community. OH yeah!!!!!!
localratepayer says... Lets tell the Council how we feel about all this. The next Council meeting is this coming Tuesday 6pm (25th) Why not make our views known to Councillors and the Press outside the Civic Office Bridge Street BH23 1AZ (rear entrance) at 5:45 Tues. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH— the Council must LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE! What a GOOD IDEA. The vast majority of Christchurch Councillors really do seem oblivious to the feelings and views of local people - the people they are SUPPOSED to be representing. They seem to have their own small minded, insular, bigoted approach to a lot of what they do. They then have the gall to suggest that what they do is in the interests of the community. OH yeah!!!!!! Billycat
  • Score: 6

5:28pm Tue 25 Feb 14

skydriver says...

damnlion wrote:
For any investigation to be taken seriously, Christchurch Council should not be involved ! We all know what they mean by 'transparency !
We all know how they have desecrated Druitt Gardens, and appear to be in the pocket of developer Renaissance Retirement....
I believe Cllr N Geary was one of those wanting this area 'tidied up' so not sure how 'transparent' he will be...
Ought to be carried out by an independent organisation.
The other one who's not keen on this area is Nottage.
[quote][p][bold]damnlion[/bold] wrote: For any investigation to be taken seriously, Christchurch Council should not be involved ! We all know what they mean by 'transparency ! We all know how they have desecrated Druitt Gardens, and appear to be in the pocket of developer Renaissance Retirement.... I believe Cllr N Geary was one of those wanting this area 'tidied up' so not sure how 'transparent' he will be... Ought to be carried out by an independent organisation.[/p][/quote]The other one who's not keen on this area is Nottage. skydriver
  • Score: 2

5:31pm Tue 25 Feb 14

skydriver says...

Nanais43 wrote:
Nanais43 wrote:
I wonder what our MP, Christopher Chope, has to say about it??? Perhaps the Echo might ask him to comment?
I've emailed Mr Chope to ask him to look into this - maybe others could do the same?
Chope never replies to emails , until that is , voting comes around , then he will come out of he woodwork. Begging!
[quote][p][bold]Nanais43[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nanais43[/bold] wrote: I wonder what our MP, Christopher Chope, has to say about it??? Perhaps the Echo might ask him to comment?[/p][/quote]I've emailed Mr Chope to ask him to look into this - maybe others could do the same?[/p][/quote]Chope never replies to emails , until that is , voting comes around , then he will come out of he woodwork. Begging! skydriver
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5:36pm Tue 25 Feb 14

skydriver says...

localratepayer wrote:
Lets tell the Council how we feel about all this.

The next Council meeting is this coming Tuesday 6pm (25th) Why not make our views known to Councillors and the Press outside the Civic Office Bridge Street BH23 1AZ (rear entrance) at 5:45 Tues.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH— the Council must LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE!
Yes quite agree , we need to get rid of all including the leader Nottage , this word needs to be got around his ward of Stanpit his stomping ground and let them know what he really is doing to our town.
[quote][p][bold]localratepayer[/bold] wrote: Lets tell the Council how we feel about all this. The next Council meeting is this coming Tuesday 6pm (25th) Why not make our views known to Councillors and the Press outside the Civic Office Bridge Street BH23 1AZ (rear entrance) at 5:45 Tues. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH— the Council must LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE![/p][/quote]Yes quite agree , we need to get rid of all including the leader Nottage , this word needs to be got around his ward of Stanpit his stomping ground and let them know what he really is doing to our town. skydriver
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5:37pm Tue 25 Feb 14

skydriver says...

selectortone wrote:
My sister is married to a property developer and he told me it is standard practice with dodgy developers, when faced with a situation like this, to cause "accidental" damage to any obstruction such that it needs to be removed, thus circumventing any preservation order. (Not my brother-in-law's standard practice I hasten to add...) The developer will factor into his budget any fines that might need to be paid.

Shame this isn't 18th Century France; we could get the guillotine out. I'd be happy to pull the lever.
Me too.
[quote][p][bold]selectortone[/bold] wrote: My sister is married to a property developer and he told me it is standard practice with dodgy developers, when faced with a situation like this, to cause "accidental" damage to any obstruction such that it needs to be removed, thus circumventing any preservation order. (Not my brother-in-law's standard practice I hasten to add...) The developer will factor into his budget any fines that might need to be paid. Shame this isn't 18th Century France; we could get the guillotine out. I'd be happy to pull the lever.[/p][/quote]Me too. skydriver
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