Tuesday, 14 October 2014
1. I am concerned about the proposed new car park at the northern side. Firstly, there are 4 trees on this site of various quality, and in my opinion one or more of these should be worthy of retention. Secondly, I am concerned about the noise likely to emanate late at night as people leave the bar/restaurant and the slamming of car doors in close proximity to residential homes. Thirdly, I am concerned about the turning of vehicles at night and headlights shining into nearby windows of the residential area of Dolphin Drive.
If trees do have to be lost and the car park does have to be constructed then more consideration should be given to sound-proofing and building a northern wall boundary. This would have the effect of limiting noise, containing headlights, and providing additional security for vehicles while their owners are within the bar/restaurant.
2. I am concerned about aspects of the southern boundary of the whole site. I do not regard the low rail as sufficient security for the maisonettes. The proposed bike sheds would be an easy target for thieves accessing the site from the Town Council's public car park. The low rail border would also serve to encourage residents and visitors to the flats to park in the public car park, causing inconvenience to motorists using the football fields particularly at weekends.
Even a 6ft high close boarded fence would be inadequate as there would then exist the problem of maintenance. I would recommend a 2m high wall boundary to improve security and to discourage use of the public car park.
3. To make the site more secure, the western edge of the car park should have a retaining wall to discourage random walk-throughs with inherent opportunistic theft.
4. I do not think that having three different places for bin storage is good design. It would assist the refuse collection service if there was one central place for all of the bins.
5. I object to the reference in the design and access statement that refers to the grass verge on the southern edge of the site being referred to as an amenity area for the residents of the maisonettes. The grass verge there would surely fall to the Town Council to maintain, and maintenance effort would be increased. I'm also unhappy about the lack of mention of the trees on the southern boundary and any help in the application to explain what will happen to them should the application go through.
Friday, 10 October 2014
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Sunday, 5 October 2014
I am appalled by female genital mutilation. I had the misfortune to see on community channel on tv yesterday a woman use a dirty razer blade to cut a young woman where it really hurts. I did not need to see that because I already have read around the subject and I want to see this savagery halted. A conference is being held this month that will help councils to understand how they can do more to stop this cruel crime of ignorance towards young women.
Update: MPs voted to chose to recognise the state of Palestine by 274 votes for recognition to only 12 votes against recognition. 13/10/2014
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Hate crime is motivated by prejudice or intolerance of disability,
race or religion, and includes physical attacks to someone or their property, offensive letters or phone calls, verbal abuse or insults, and bullying at school or work. Hate Crime hurts those who are vulnerable, and more victims need to be encouraged to come forward.
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Stop Hate UK 24 hour helpline: 0800 138 1625 or Text Relay 18001 0800 138 1625
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