CLLR. CHRIS HARDY
Councillor Chris Hardy
Councillor Title: Chairman of the Council
Then along came the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006, followed by the Climate Change Act 2008. These Acts demand that Wealden put in place a workable plan and encourage development of sustainable housing and transport. These Acts are in response to United Nations targets to fend off a global catastrophe.
A workable plan involves making sure that houses, transport and workplaces in the Wealden area reduce their carbon footprint by 3% a year to get back to 1990 levels by the year 2050.
If we assume that the houses in 1990 have not increased their energy requirement, then we need to work out how many new houses have been built since 1990 - and how many more will be built by 2050 - then add them together. Unfortunately, Wealden have been handing our consents since 2008 for properties that are not energy sustainable and those that are likely to be built in the future will also be substandard in energy terms.
It pretty soon becomes clear that new-builds will have to be virtually zero carbon and existing houses and factories should aim to reduce energy consumption to give us some slack. Houses that are energy self-sufficient will not look like the houses Wealden's planners are used to approving. Buildings that are modified to harvest solar energy will change in appearance somewhat - but this is typically permitted development - and if it is not the above Acts tend to support what is or will be necessary to improve existing stocks in line with a workable plan.
NEW BUILD SOLAR HOUSE - The light-filled Home For Life dwelling is a striking contemporary home completed as one of eight experimental Active Houses financed by FKR Holding. The 2,045-square-foot two-bedroom house is filled with natural light and strategically placed to take in 50% of its winter heating from passive solar means. The ultra-efficient home includes a photovoltaic system, solar hot water system, heat pump, energy optimized windows, and an automatic natural ventilation system. It is easy to point a new build in the right direction to capture passive heat. it is not so easy with an existing building such as the industrial building below.
GENERATING WORKS HERSTMONCEUX - This pergola is actually a mount for a bank of solar panels that will generate clean electricity for the old generating buildings, along with water heaters and a wind turbine aiming for self-sufficiency in energy terms. The solar panels are designed to move to track the sun. Using wood like this costs a bit more but it is in keeping with the wooden theme for the rural scene and does not harm the archaeology. Glass area is increased where possible to capture passive heat and an underground chamber is being modified to store hot water for heating and washing. The original shell is improved with insulation in the roofs and walls, by way of over cladding for an extra layer of comfort. The occupiers use an electric car, that eventually, could be charged from on-site solar panels. In this way this historic asset uses considerably less energy than it did in 1990 and is heading towards zero carbon status. The problem with such conversions is that town planners do not recognise the benefits they are looking at, when they should be encouraging such efforts.
Future homes could make electricity bills a thing of the past, and even help you earn money in the process. Energy homes are popping up around the world, generating more energy than they use, and can even be set up to sell excess energy back to the grid. Beautiful, energy efficient, and increasingly affordable, these dwellings are proving the viability of renewable energy over fossil fuel sources.
FLUSHED WITH SUCCESS - We imagine that Wealden would have been overjoyed in duping the High Court into making an Order that demanded removal of toilet facilities from their long-term adversary's home, condemning him to defecate in the old fashioned way - and remarkable is it not how well an animal can adapt and build from sheer determination until it is time to reveal the truth and his gleaming new urinals. The building has toilets re-fitted of course thanks to Dame Butler-Sloss and the occupiers rejoice with each pull of the handle, at the resourcefulness of this underdog when the chips were down. The frivolity at Wealden's offices was short lived when the Health & Safety Executive chimed in to spend a penny or two. From that point on Wealden have been bogged down with the publication of what they had done - and permanent skidmarks in the underpants of their hall of shame. No amount of toilet tissue can ever wipe the brown from this council's back passages.
Don't forget your Council's appalling Human Rights record. The above story is true and fairly recent. If your officers don't start to behave themselves, you, the members will have to potty-train them. They must start telling the truth to committees and doing something about the tragedy that is climate change. If you sort that out for us, we'll take care of feeding the world.
POTTY TRAINING - Using a potty may be a new skill for your planning team to learn. It's best to take it slowly and go at your candidates pace, about the same pace as a child should do the trick. Being patient with them will help them get it right, even if they sometimes feel frustrated. They should be taught that every person is entitled to a toilet no matter how much their team are out to get any challenging member of the public - and yes we know how irritating it is to be caught out - and yes of course that makes you hate that member of the public more - so that you try another dirty trick. So, if you are going to plan a vendetta, be sure that you don't get caught with your trousers down. Bury your target good and proper - or he or she may come back to haunt you with the inconvenient truth and reveal what you did and why you did it.
If having read this you still feel the urge to go after Mr Kruschandl, you are probably not suitable material for continued council membership - because you have been influenced emotionally by having been beaten and no longer capable of reasonable case handling. A good Councillor acts impartially and fairly, taking into account all of the duties imposed by statute.
COUNCILLORS SERVING IN 2017 INTO 2018
- Jo Bentley
- John Blake - Bob
Bowdler - Don Broadbent
- Norman Buck - Raymond Cade -
- Lin Clark
WEALDEN'S AREA PLANS SOUTH COMMITTEE 2015
Andrew Long - (no email address)
David White - email@example.com
Diane Dear - firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Peck - email@example.com
Chris Hardy - firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Triandafyllou - email@example.com
Daniel Shing - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dick Angel - email@example.com
Barby Dashwood-Morris - firstname.lastname@example.org
Barry Marlowe - email@example.com
Bill Bentley - firstname.lastname@example.org
John Blake - email@example.com
Lin Clark - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nigel Coltman - email@example.com
Nigel McKeeman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Raymond Cade - email@example.com
Ron Cussons - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Harms - email@example.com
Stephen Shing - firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Stedman - email@example.com
LOCAL NEWSPAPER CONTACTS
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Eastbourne Herald - email@example.com
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THE 70 HOUSE FORMULA - In 2015, Councillor Peck will be called to look at a major proposal for 70 houses on a site considered by many to be unsuitable, witness the signs posted all about the village. Up and down the country there are dozens of similar applications going in, taking advantage of a windfall situation - or a loophole in the law if you'd prefer. This loophole must be plugged, perhaps with a windfall tax where sites have long been deemed unsuitable - according to local policies.
The 70 house formula is favored by many planning agents in this case: Barton Willmore. email@example.com 7 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QB. Barton Willmore http://www.bartonwillmore.co.uk/ T: 020 7446 6888 F: 020 7446 6889
Since councils stopped building affordable housing for the common man, it has fallen to property developers to slash their profits - which of course they are not willing to do. And that is why they are receiving huge bribes, in the form of permission to build where previously they would not be allowed. It is a national scandal, not just a Wealden phenomenon. It is though a practice that left unchecked makes houses even harder to aspire to, for youngsters starting out in life - making a new generation of Britain's slaves to the wealthy and financiers. The only difference is that you cannot see the whips and chains.
The site plan for a planning application at Herstmonceux that will be practically another village in size. Ignoring for now the access and drainage problems, and the lack of local school (infrastructure) places for so many, the con is that the so-called "affordable" housing, will not be affordable. To qualify as affordable, a working man should be able to afford to buy the house on a mortgage not more than 4 times his salary. The "affordable" tag is thus reliant on local wages, if the object is to cater for locals who work locally. That is a sustainable practice. What we do not want is houses that are affordable for Londoners who commute to the City to earn salaries many times that it is possible to achieve within a sensible travel radius.
Let us hope that the officers of this council are able to stay on track, without introducing discrimination or character issues into the fray. The matter should be decided on National Planning policies and the adopted plans that have held sway for years, with exceptions only in respect of agriculture or genuine social issues. Tourism and heritage issues must be dealt with, also as part of the National Planning Framework. Conservation and economic experts should have their say, especially concerning long-term conservation as it benefits the nation as a whole in the long term.
WANTED: A SENSIBLE POLITICAL PARTY WITH THE GUTS TO CLAMP DOWN ON FINANCIAL SLAVERY - Average house prices in London are now far beyond even bankers and others on £100,000-a-year salaries. This is a pattern that is being repeated in the countryside - and is sure to lead to political unrest, where the needs of the people are not being addressed. Put simply, successive governments that were mainly concerned to get re-elected, have been borrowing to maintain the illusion that under their leadership things were better, than with the competition. It's political fraud - plain and simple.
- John Blake - Don Broadbent
- Norman Buck - Raymond Cade -
- Lin Clark
- Louise Eastwood - Helen Firth -
- Roy Galley - Chris Hardy -
William Rutherford -
- Oi Lin Shing - Raymond Shing -
Stephen Shing - Robert Standley -
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