Monday, July 02, 2007

May Battle Commence!

I can't remember if I mentioned about the 'floodlights' at the farm down the road! It is now an equestrian centre and they use them to light up the arena, when they where first installed they had a time limit on them 8am to 6pm. They were horrendous, then he started to go over his time and thats when we really began to notice them.

He had a barn fire and put in plans to replace a barn for a barn. Up went a stable block! Bearing in mind this guy is a Parish Councillor we will call him number 1. So of I toddled to the council and he has had to put in retrospective planning for these, but slipped neatly inside this plan is the request to extend the hours of the floodlights.

Parish Councillor 2, (a friend) had agreed to speak on our behalf. I have rallied the local residents both close by and across the fields so we have the required amount of letters to take it to committee. Plus we have the support of our District Councillor and 'Campaign to Protect Rural England.'

Yesterday I got the news that they have handcuffed Number 2, he has to declare an interest because he rents land from Number 1 and has a 'vested interest'!? Bearing in mind he was going to speak for us and against number 1 and is known to be tenacious.

So we approached Number 3 who is also a farmer and surprise, surprise he wont speak for us.

Tonight is the Parish Council Meeting, we will be saying our bit. I could still do with rallying a few more residents but its not what you know but who!!!!! I am not a horsey person, neither do I really have an interest in cows, so I could be knocking on the door of a worker of Number 1.

I will keep you posted.


RUTH said...

Wishing you the best of luck! as you prepare for battle.

PG said...

Crumbs, what an irritating situation, makes my blood boil just reading it. Have you thought about bringing the local press in?
Not a big fan of horsey types, most of them seem to think they have the right to do anything.

Allotment Lady said...

Hope you win

Mark said...

That sound so typical of local government, it really makes you angry how the abuse thier position. When are they up for re-election. I would use as many forms of media you can to highlight this.GRRRR

smilnsigh said...

Best of luck to you! Ambient light, I think that's called. And it's awful!!!!!!!!!!