COUNCILLORS COMMENTS

Updated 23rd April 2017

BASILDON BOROUGH COUNCIL have the opportunity to prove that they are against Brentwood’s political motivated proposal
and are backing Basildon Residents by taking the following action: -

ONLY ACTION NOT just WORDS (which will fail to STOP BRENTWOOD’s UNETHICAL PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT):

  • We call on ALL councillors and MPs MUST oppose Brentwood’s proposed development, DUNTON HILLS GARDEN VILLAGE (in fact a New Town).
  • We call on Basildon Borough Council to apply to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England for a Principal area boundary review so that ALL of Dunton then comes under Basildon Control, not just part as present, As BRENTWOOD’s DECISION IS just POLITICALLY MOTIVATED, for an area THEY CONSIDER IS NOT IN Brentwood District and whose Reports have been deliberately manipulated.
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  • Basildon Council have advised not able to challenge Brentwood reports due to political process and they can resolve issues they are concerned about!
  • That ALL costs and financial burden due to lack of or no real infrastructure will fall on Basildon District and its residents.
    Brentwood planning advise they expect children to be bused or driven to schools in Basildon District
    (causing problems for schools and Basildon districts residents children) and residents to use Laindon shopping centre and
    Laindon railway station
    (Standing room only, if can board a train).
    The local Health Centre cannot cope now and informed not taking on new patients!
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  • BRENTWOOD COUNCIL to have ALL FINANCIAL BENEFITS: Millions of pounds from government, besides Council taxes and other grants.

The following proves how Brentwood wish to attack Basildon Council and save Brentwood any opposition.
Also do not care, IF A SUITABLE SITE OR about residents in other districts and motorists.

BRENTWOOD Councillor Barry Aspinell‘s Politically Motivated comments in 2017: In — ESSEX NEWS LIVE article 10th January 2017

Point 1 & 2 below Proves he considers areas which he believes are not in Brentwoods District are the best areas for development.
Even though Brentwood’s Reports when accurately amended prove best areas are North Brentwood & North of A12, including the Greenfield sites in these areas.

  1. He denies the decision was a political one.
  2. “It was the most logical decision possible,” he said. “It was a vacant area owned by a relatively small number of people. I think it was three owners for 500 acres”.
  3. “It was not going to infringe on residents in West Horndon or Herongate and Ingrave”. It was an ideal step to starting a brand new community with good infrastructure in place before they started building the houses”.
  4. “It was done in co-operation with Basildon as a fully-fledged partner. We entered into a legal agreement with Basildon called a memorandum of understanding”.
  5. “Both councils were going to benefit from this development. Basildon was in a pickle because they had to find a lot of houses. The people of Billericay and Wickford were saying ‘no way, not in my back yard”.
  6. “”To them it was a godsend. I think that’s the exact words they said when they signed.”
  7. Cllr Aspinell claims the fear of losing the election to Ukip councillors made Cllr Turner change his mind .
  8. He continued: “It was fine when we were running Brentwood, but when Louise McKinlay took over they then pulled away and didn’t like it”.
  9. “As far as I’m concerned they’re still for it, but have to say this publicly”.
  10. “”It seems Cllr Turner and his group are under threat from politicians in Basildon from the Ukip and Labour coalition and that’s being fuelled by the fact a couple of Tories in the Laindon are frightened of losing seats in the upcoming election and so they’re looking to pass the buck from the responsibility of making this decision”.
  11. “It’s incredulous to suggest it was a political decision. I can’t believe it.”

Councillor Barry Aspinell comments, when leader of Brentwood Borough Council, ward Pilgrims Hatch:

  • Claimed this development will have the least effect on Brentwood Residents.
  • Aware of the backlash of people living in West Horndon, who rejected the Tory candidate at the last borough election because of plans for 1,500 homes in the village is quoted as saying, “That is why we listened to the consultation, we realised a council seat was lost over that and we are not going down the same silly road.”
    So then far less houses proposed, as already scared the residents accepted without any objections.

ACTUAL FACTS regarding BRENTWOOD Councillor Barry Aspinell’s Politically Motivated comments above: -

  1. From his comments and point 3 above he confirms that it will not affect Brentwood residents.
    As he considers DUNTON as Out of (Brentwood District) Area.
  2. He states there will be good infrastructure in place before they started building the houses. (point 3)
    Again he makes a false statement, as after 2 years Brentwood planning still have no idea and only refer one to reports upon contact them, which do not contain any
    relevant information.
    Also when speaking to them no schools considered until after 2034 etc.
  3. States it was done in co-operation with Basildon Council. (point 4)
    Helped Basildon Council as people of Billericay and Wickford were saying ‘no way, not in my back yard.
    (point 5)
    To them it was a godsend. I think that’s the exact words they said when they signed. (point 6)
    We were advised that Basildon had to look at joint proposal (Dunton Garden Suburb) under government guidelines.
    States people in Billericay & Wickford say no way. Yet Brentwood reports have been manipulated in such as way they have no go areas.
    IF YOU LOOK AT BRENTWOODS INACCURATE REPORTs, on amending them it becomes obvious the Best Areas for development are in fact North Brentwood & North of A12 (Including Greenfield sites).
  4. Claims fear of losing seats and change of Council leader etc. changed the leader of Basildon Council, Mr Turner’s mind! Also trying to pass the buck. (Points 7, 8 & 10)
    Exactly the reasons why Brentwood Councillors actually changed their proposed development for West Horndon and have manipulated their reports.
  5. States Basildon Council, As far as I’m concerned they’re still for it, but have to say this publicly. (point 9)
    By you confirming action as requested below Basildon Council can stop Brentwood’s proposal in its tracks and make them build in the North of Brentwood where there is great demand and reports prove they are the best areas.
    Also where there is excellent, air quality, infrastructure, Crossrail, job opportunities and other superb features already in place. (Also covers point 3)
  6. It’s incredulous to suggest it was a political decision. I can’t believe it. (point 11)

From his comments alone proves Reports manipulated (which can be proved) & Political decision to save (his own and other councillors) seats.

One can see he is determined to build at Dunton even though is the worst area if Brentwood Councils reports were accurately amended, to protect his ward (seat) and others in the North of the district.

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READING COMMENTS BELOW of 2016 OR EARLIER by BRENTWOOD COUNCILLORS
Councillor Barry Aspinell,
Councillor Philip Baker, &
&Councillor Philip Mynott
PROVES all comments regarding DUNTON are politically motivated.

JOHN BARON MP – March 2016
Advised happy to ask questions of both Basildon and Brentwood Councils.
When it comes to planning matters, an MP’s involvement is extremely limited given that this is a Council issue at the end of the day. This is, after all, one of their key functions – the Council has the difficult task of catering for a growing local population. However, where I get particularly involved is when attempts are made by outside
bodies such as the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol or the Government in Whitehall to force development on local communities. In essence, I try to provide an umbrella to allow our local communities the freedom to decide.

I am supportive of the Council’s need to provide for local population growth. However, I am clear that the Council needs to take into account infrastructure concerns and
ensure that any development is accompanied by appropriate investment in infrastructure at the same time -cash must be on the table!

WEST HORNDON
2015
Just to show how the MP thinks about Greenbelt
The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles, MP for Brentwood and Ongar, has called on Brentwood Borough Council to extend the
deadline for its Local Development Plan Consultation after hearing concerns raised by the Chairman of West Horndon Parish Council.
“But I did suggest the village could benefit from allowing eight or nine hundred homes to be built, because they could include infrastructure such as a new GP surgery, improved road layouts and smaller properties so people wishing to downsize could stay in the village.

BRENTWOOD
In 2014/5, Councillor Barry Aspinell, Liberal Democrat, leader of Brentwood Borough Council, ward Pilgrims Hatch: Aware of the backlash of people living in West Horndon, who rejected the Tory
candidate at the last borough election because of plans for 1,500 homes in the village is quoted as saying, “That is why we listened to the consultation, we
realised a council seat was lost over that and we are not going down the same silly road.”

He also claims this development will have the least effect on Brentwood Residents.

Brentwood’s Tory leader, Councillor Louise McKinlay
Quote: Questioned what Cllr Aspinell meant by a “meaningful” development. She said: “This was a place put forward to me a few months ago but now I’m hearing numbers of 8,000 – that seems more like a new town, a garden city. Asked “Where is the
detail? ” But where does it stop?

Councillor Philip Baker, Brentwood First, Chair of Planning & Development Committee  ward Shenfield: (Stood down May 2015)
On BBC Essex, 2014/5, stated People do not realise this area even belongs to Brentwood as is over the other side of the A128/A127 and  stated/indicated:
1) Size/area of land not known. (It is in reports!)
2) One particular family ownership of Brentwood site.
3) Travellers due to government want integration.
4) Local communities have to understand: – though not wanting
Incursions on Green Belt & Local Commons, delivering this site it will not happen! He does not consider land Green Belt!
5) Asked about population of 20,000: Replied it is desirable area, What should we do Move to Carlisle, Yorkshire Moors.
6) Tories lost power because they wanted to build at West Horndon.
People do not realise this area even belongs to Brentwood as is over the other side of the B186/A127.

Councillor Philip Mynott, Liberal Democrat, Vice-Chair Brentwood Planning and Development Control Committee,  ward Brentwood North: On March 12th 2015 at a meeting at James Hornsby School held by the action group RAID,  used
scaremongering tactics to push for
development at Dunton, indicating if not agreed Government would force through
decision!

Others spoke on this point but did not try to intimidate anyone, just explain system.
He was asked about inaccuracies in Brentwood’s report of January 2015, he indicated the report was out of date and
‘further information is forthcoming’!
The same phrase as that of Councillor Philip Baker, Brentwood First, had been using.
One wondered if this was a throwaway comment to appease residents concerns, though does not mean any useful information will be provided!
PLEASE NOTE: 2016 reports still contain same inaccuracies as previous reports.

2015 – Cllr Alan Kingsford, Herongate and Ingrave Parish Council chairman
CONCERNED residents in Ingrave, Herongate and Hutton have hit out at the borough council, claiming they were not aware of a key consultation for the borough’s Local Development Plan, which has finished, into where 5,500 houses should be built.
But according to Herongate and Ingrave Parish Council chairman Alan Kingsford, despite promises of a letter, villagers only became aware of the key document around a week ago. He said the issue was first raised in a meeting with Brentwood Borough Council leader, Councillor Barry Aspinell, in the first week of January. “I raised the question about the letter. We were aware that every resident would get a letter about the consultation papers and I said that no-one has
received it.
“He said ‘we have got problems with printing. He said they would be sent out the following Friday.
“The following week I had to meet him again and the question was raised and he said ‘it’s all going to be going out with the Brentwood Borough Bulletin’, which I had not heard of. And that was it. We waited and waited.” The council-created Borough Bulletin did reportedly contain information about the consultation, telling people to visit the council website. But Cllr Kingsford said it was not received by villagers. He said: “The letter says ‘go on the internet to view the document’ and Cllr Aspinell said ‘well if they cannot use the internet, then use the library’. “He said ‘they can go to Brentwood or Shenfield’.
One can see from this Councillor Barry Aspinell is economical with the truth. He obviously appears to say one thing and do another.