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tjj
tjj
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Re: Our Sacred Land
Oct 23, 2011, 08:07
And this news story ... condolences to the family. It beggers belief that a river bed would be paved over but not much different to building on flood plains - which is what happened in the controversial housing development in my town.

From the internet:
The British couple who died when they were swept away by flash flood waters while on holiday in Spain have been named by Sky sources.
Kenneth and Mary Hall, from Lancashire, were hit by a wall of water as they sat outside a cafe in the town of Finestrat on the Coasta Blanca.
The flood came after a torrential downpour caused a river to burst its banks on Friday near the popular tourist resort of Benidorm.
Water was sent gushing through a dried-up ravine and inundated an area where traders had set up market stands.
It has emerged that the town's council was fined 83,000 euros for paving the ravine bed without permission in July last year.
The Halls - reportedly from Bootle, Liverpool - are understood to have been dragged away in the strong currents as water raged through the market place, wrecking cars and stalls.
It is thought their bodies were found trapped under a trailer after the flood.
The Sea Cat
The Sea Cat
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Edited Oct 29, 2011, 12:21
Re: Our Sacred Land
Oct 29, 2011, 12:21
Not nearly tough enough would be an undersatement! Why not a 'campaigning organisation' for feck's sake ? Yes, there's many good folk doing hard work, but this kind of home counties weedy approach to the landscape butchers is pathetic. Cameron's mob and their Local Council lackeys and Developers mates must be raising their glasses:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2011/oct/29/fiona-reynolds-planning-reform-interview
nigelswift
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Re: Our Sacred Land
Nov 18, 2011, 09:43
(Slightly) better news?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ministers-join-rebellion-against-more-building-in-countryside-6264082.html
The Sea Cat
The Sea Cat
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Edited Nov 22, 2011, 09:10
Re: Our Sacred Land
Nov 22, 2011, 09:09
What is very interesting here in Somerset is that all the rampant uncontrolled developement is courtesy, as always, of the Lib Dems.
Ironically, it's the Tories that are taking them on and trying to properly 'conserve'.I never thought it possible, but I have a rather weird feeling of 'my enemy's enemy is my friend' perhaps, at a local level and on this issue only.

http://bathnes-conservatives.com/news/conservatives_oppose_greenbelt_contingency_plan.html
nigelswift
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Re: Our Sacred Land
Nov 22, 2011, 10:39
Funnily enough, I was at Keynsham/Hicks Gate yesterday overlooking that land. Totally inappropriate. Bristol suddenly stops and rolling green countryside starts, and they want to take a 1,000-house bite out of it. No logic since Bristol is full of brownfield sites.

It's an outdated push too as the govt. has started to talk about developing Brownfield sites more this week. Giving their mates the chance to build on government owned land but in addition, not asking them to pay until they sell the houses. Nice work if you can get it. Only the taxpayer pays.
The Sea Cat
The Sea Cat
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Edited Nov 26, 2011, 10:39
Re: Our Sacred Land
Nov 26, 2011, 10:38
Re. the traditonal Tory wing versus the Government:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/

On this issue, Tory/Labour etc, it doesn't matter. Opposing the Condems planning law changes is all that counts.
nigelswift
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Re: Our Sacred Land
Nov 26, 2011, 11:44
The Telegraph opposing a Tory government is quite a surprise but I guess their first loyalty isn't to the government but to their shire counties readership who oppose incursions into the green Belt. This govt. on the other hand has a first loyalty not to their supporters who voted for them but to a tiny group of builder mates who they've even let sit on the panel designing the policy.
The Sea Cat
The Sea Cat
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Re: Our Sacred Land
Nov 26, 2011, 13:02
That's it exactly. I have to say that in this instance I'm behind an old school Tory trying to protect and preserve the landscape, even if it is in many cases a matter of self interest. At least it represents a serious opposition to this bunch of over priviledged asset striping wide boys.
The Sea Cat
The Sea Cat
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Re: Our Sacred Land
Nov 29, 2011, 08:50
What a suprise...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/nov/20/house-builders-lobbied-cabinet-planning?fb=native&CMP=FBCNETTXT9038
goffik
goffik
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Re: Our Sacred Land
Nov 29, 2011, 15:03
Things not looking so good for habitats, apparently, in the August Statement. Worth looking at NT's Twitter stream right now:

https://twitter.com/#!/nationaltrust

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