We should be concentrating on meeting climate change targets for cleaner air - where at the moment Wealden (and other councils) are failing miserably - and no wonder taking a look at their Climate Action Plan. On the basis of this document we haven't a hope in hell of meeting our 2008 statutory obligations by 2050.
With petrol cars being outlawed by 2040, plans should be in hand for transition to electric vehicles - but Wealden do not even have charging points in their own car park. How many officers and members drive electric vehicles? We wonder. Lead by example, that it how it should be done. As a Conservative Party member, Susan will know that Michael Gove is in trouble with Europe and Theresa May's government has been found guilty of failing to meet air quality requirements by the High Court. Would you like to change party Susan? Visit Councillor Susan Stedman on Twitter.
Susan Stedman is a Conservative party member. According to her bio she has lived in Horam for over thirty years and worked in the district for much of that time. She has represented Horam at the Wealden District Council since 2003. She is very involved with village affairs working closely with the Parish Council. Susan is also a Trustee of The Club Rooms that has recently opened The Horam Centre in the High Street. In addition she has organised The Horam Mile for Sport Relief, three times, raising thousands of pounds. Well done for that Susan, but what about climate change and affordable housing?
How does that sit with a Conservative party member and the wealthy landlords who are by and large also Conservative supporters and may not see the profit motive in lower rents or even houses that the ordinary person could afford on an ordinary wage. Would that not drive many property investors to the wall. We imagine so - and that may explain why in Wealden land this Conservative Council seem unwilling to earmark land for social housing. Wealden is no place to go if you are poor or homeless.
Susan once owned (and may still do so) Tubwell Nurseries and for that reason only we include some information on that property. Members are required to make declarations of interests, so this would be recorded and available on Weaden's official website and must be available for public inspection. We do not intend to offend any member by such inclusion.
For example, we know that Ms Stedman is friends with a contributor to this website, hence could not stay in a room as chairman when planning matters were being discussed relating to that person - and these instances would need to have been recorded in the Register of Interests.
More information about this councillor:
ACCEPTANCE - District Cllr Susan Stedman's Declaration of Acceptance. Susan Stedman with Wealden District Council’s Returning Officer, Charlie Lant on Saturday 9 May 2015, following completion of her Declaration of Acceptance. Her term of office will run from May 2015 to May 2019.
Home Phone: 01435 813182
Facebook: Susan 4 Horam
Twitter: Susan_Stedman 1
ABOUT TUBWELL NURSERIES
Ownership Agreement: Freehold
Rental Estimate: £1,500 pcm*
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We are not sure if Cllr Stedman is still at this address, but if she is we wonder if her and her partner have installed any energy harvesting features? Does Susan drive an electric car, or does she have plans to do so in the future.
THEN ALONG CAME CLIMATE CHANGE
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 of melting ice caps and rising seas - something that local investors ignore.
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 below 1990 levels by the year 2050.
If we assume that the houses that existed and are still existing from 1990 have not increased or reduced 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 to work out what new or replacement houses have to achieve in terms of energy efficiency.
Unfortunately, Wealden have been handing out 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, taking a look at what is on the cards at the moment.
We cannot find any initiative in the Wealden district to assist the development of an EV infrastructure for 2030, when we are all supposed to be driving zero carbon vehicles. Such an effort would have a marked effect and ease the housing energy deficit somewhat.
Add all of these factor together and 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. They are so set in their ways that they have Climate Change blindness.
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.
We have yet to see an appeal decision where Wealden have declined the addition of renewable energy features, but feel sure that one will come soon. At this point the Secretary of State will be able to give some much needed potty training (guidance) for local bed wetters.
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. Wood is of course a carbon sink. More wooden houses should be built to lock up CO2.
WHAT ELSE? - 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.
CHURCH ROAD HERSTMONCEUX - What a lovely house, fit for a King or Queen. But, and this is a big but, where are the sustainable energy features? Another missed opportunity and we wonder what the incentive was to allow this development to proceed - where this house is adding to, rather than helping to reduce climate change.
As we said, Wealden are talking the talk, but not walking the talk. This is a house in Church Road that was still being built in December 2017. Next door to this new house there is a similar large house also new-build and also devoid of any micro generation features. It appears that that Wealden are hell bent on building more of the same that got us into the climate change mess - and stopping anyone from adding micro generation and other passive energy harvesting features to existing property. What are they playing at?
FOSSIL FUEL BILLS IN LIME PARK - By way of example, we see here two deliveries of fuel oil on two consecutive days in December 2017 in Lime Park, an area just a few hundred yards from the new builds above. Heating the old Victorian manor house, that is divided into four residences, appears to use a lot of heating oil that is contributing to global warming and fueling climate change.
These terraced houses have high ceilings and little insulation. The occupiers have done virtually nothing in terms of micro generation and so rely on regular deliveries of fossil fuels to keep them warm in winter. The Old Rectory also uses a disproportionate quantity of heating oil, but could fit ground heat pumps or solar panels or wind turbines to help the rest of us meet UN targets for 2050. It seems like many years away, but at the present apathetic rate, Wealden are (not) progressing at, we can kiss goodbye to arctic ice. So save a place for a polar bear in your garage. They are going to need it.
FOSSIL FUEL USAGE STUDY - Two more deliveries of fuel oil and gas in Lime Park. Older properties were not designed to be energy efficient. This is the proof. One reason that the Church sold the Rectory in the early 1980s, was the high cost of heating oil for a house that is poorly insulated. There is though much scope for improvement. Added to the cost of the fuel oil is the cost in terms of transport for each delivery and the carbon miles this generates.
On site water heating and solar panels for electricity would help enormously in the battle to contain a warming planet. We hope that any new occupiers will do something about this - and that unlike next door, Wealden may actually encourage the owners. Maybe there should be a law about energy efficiency upgrades at exchange, where the vendor and purchaser agree to contribute to improvements that are agreed by an expert. If a unit has already been upgraded, then no contribution is necessary. Fuel for thought. Below are some of the civil servant officers that appear not to have their eye on the climate change issue, some of which might be more concerned with keeping buildings in the hands of preferred people - contrary to Articles 8 and 14 and Article 1 of Protocol 1. Any violation of a person Human Rights by a council is of course unlawful and may become illegal if it is a prolonged assault on a person, when Article 3 also comes into play.
Victorio Scarpa, David Whibley, Julian Black, Daniel Goodwin, Christine Arnold
Christine Nuttall, David Phillips, Douglas Moss, Ian Kay, Charles Lant
MORE ABOUT WEALDEN
Wealden is a substantial district covering some 323 square miles of lush downland where wealthy people like to retire. Wealden is the largest district in East Sussex, home to some 143,000 people.
This Council's responsibilities include housing, planning, building control, waste collection, recycling, climate change, emergency planning and economic regeneration. That last one is beyond the grasp of civil servants - and that is why the national debt is so high and with Brexit looming, the debt will rise and the performance of the UK economy take a nose dive according to Sir John Sawer.
With all of this going on Wealden is happy to spend taxpayers money tying up would be entrepreneurs in knots. As many readers will appreciate, government directives are to encourage small businesses. Wealden, don't seem to get it.
The national debt is increasing by some £2.5 billion a week, and all local authorities with corrupt officers still in their employ are partly to blame, for it is the corruption that is preventing the build of affordable housing with sustainable energy characteristics.
To be fair, even if there was no corruption or discrimination, the task of delivering energy neutral housing would require a very clever strategy. One that requires taking the bull by the horns proactively. Hence, not a chance in Wealden land where everything is retrospective.
Wealden places a high value on protecting the countryside, but no value at all on protecting buildings of local historic interest - and that is one reason why there is no Local List. The other reason is that it was/is inconvenient to have certain buildings recognised, which might clash with long standing enforcement agendas. The problem with this attitude is that tourism suffers, and tourism is one of the biggest earners in the South of England according to the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). It follows that the hidden agenda has been costing local businesses for years. A sort of 'cut off your nose to spite your face' policy. Way to go Wealden.
Councillor Robert Standley is obviously a team player, but does that extend to covering up the inconvenient truth, or are the officers pulling the wool over his eyes? One prominent resident has been a victim of council discrimination, Human Rights violations and abuses for many years. This appears to be institutionalized, with all departments put on alert to cover up past HR violations - but then came the Human Rights Act, leaving a lot of egg on faces to be removed slowly over many years in the hope nobody would notice the swing in policies. Fat chance! The harder you try to cover this up, the more we will dig to publish - and we have not yet begun to fight.
ZERO CARBON BRITAIN - Hardly! Developments such as that proposed at Lime Cross field at Herstmonceux are making home ownership more of a distant memory for most young families in Sussex. The classic 70 house mix is now a favourite tactic employed by London planners such as Barton Willmore, who are scooping up windfall profits from the current loophole that thousands of speculative property developers are scrambling to take advantage on in the biggest gold rush since the Klondike.
Planning policies are being cast to the wind as councils are giving consents on land previously declared as unsuitable for development. Plainly, Lime Cross is well outside the village development boundary that is outlined in black on the above plan. The size of the proposed development, outlined in red, is almost a second Herstmonceux village, consolidating and pulling into the adopted village development boundary, Chappell Row, Church Road and Lime Park. At several planning appeals Wealden has argued the above - but is now indicating a 'U' Turn in policies that have held sway and cost the ratepayer almost £500,000 half a million pounds to cement. If approved, the level of hypocrisy will exceed that anticipated by hundreds of villagers who are protesting vociferously.
CONGESTION - In order to prevent traffic chaos, development should be balanced and gradual - so, should work from the village outward with even distribution around the compass. The proposed site access, though somehow approved by ESCC, is far from satisfactory - indicating just how deep Planning Gold Rush fever has gripped the county. Just as with the Klondike towns, excess village development will lead to long term disappointment.
CABINET & RESPONSIBILITIES in 2014:
Brian Redman was elected vice-chairman
Wealden community strategy LSP Board member RoyGalley
WAITING LISTS - This could be a scene in Wealden land if they fail to deliver housing stocks in sustainable fashion. People queuing up to buy affordable houses that have yet to be built. Why? Because the district is catering only for the rich.
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 the subject of this underhanded assault 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 - leaving then with 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 while they re-interpret statute will help them get it right, even if they sometimes feel frustrated that Her Majesty's Government has laid down such rules. 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 another 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 they don't, we will.
If having read this you still feel the urge to go after poor old Mr Kruschandl, you are probably not suitable material for continued council membership - because you have been compromised emotionally by the discovery that your Council's past frolics will not go away. Having been beaten on the potty issue and with the stables at Bushy Wood having been rebuilt following the unlawful demolition. Then there is the Petition that was whitewashed. Mr Phillips fabricating photographic evidence in the case of David Charley. With all this percolating in your mind you may find that you are no longer capable of reasonable decision making. Whereas an honest Councillor with high morals acts impartially and fairly, taking into account all of the duties imposed by statute - and tries their best to put things right.
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Gold Rush was a migration by an estimated 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in north-western
Canada between 1896 and 1899. Gold was discovered there by local miners on August 16, 1896 and, when news reached Seattle and San Francisco the following year, it triggered a stampede of would-be prospectors. Some became wealthy, but the majority went in vain. The Klondike Gold Rush ended in 1899 after gold was discovered in Nome, Alaska prompting an exodus from the Klondike. It has been immortalized by photographs, books and films.
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