Conservative MP Huw Merriman
Looking at his website we can see that Mr Merriman is into Brexit, a very important withdrawal from the EU that is likely to affect many businesses and academic institutions in the United Kingdom. Huw is active in this political area, voting to stay where others may not have realised the implications of pulling up the drawbridge, rather than working towards common goals.
says: "The UK is leaving the EU. This decision was made by the majority of those who voted in the EU referendum. Parliament and Government will now deliver the will of the people. In every vote in Parliament, I have respected the result and sought to give Theresa May the strongest hand to negotiate a good settlement, and new trading relationship, with the 27 remaining EU members. Regardless of votes case last June, it has to be in the interest of everyone in the UK that we move forward and focus on getting the best deal for our nation.
But, what on affordable housing and the rent trap that so many of Wealden's young families are facing?
In the recent past the Rt Hon Sajid Javid has looked into flat packs as a means to secure viable low cost housing, so well done on that to Mr Javid, but nobody seems to have tackled the land issue, despite the fact that a solution had been tabled by Utopia Tristar Partners (UTP) more than two years ago (2014), a not for profit group that advises on methods of implementation.
According to UTP associate Cherry Homes, one solution might be to waive the application fees for affordable housing, to be paid once a permission has been granted and the home built. This would enable not for profit groups, or Wealden themselves, to apply for permission for affordable units on land they have identified as their rolling stock for that purpose.
What about the homeless in Wealden?
The problem here is that many councillors and officers of councils work closely with property developers and landowners and would not want to "in-effect" devalue the land of a friend, where those friends would much rather build large expensive house to cater for the London rich and landlords who can profit from higher rents, than they could achieve with affordable units.
In some cases the profits from developers like Persimmon Homes, is being said to be obscene by some but is certainly capitalism at its worst and is considered to be unsustainable wealth creation in a world where we are looking to build a Circular Economy.
This is not so much a social issue as breaking the wealth cycle for the established investors, maybe where profits should be channeled back to social housing schemes. Being largely Conservative, many party noses could be put out of joint by changing tack - and MPs that did so may not be welcome in the fold for much longer. This is of course speculation based on snapshots of Parish councils in the Wealden area and the specific allegation concerning Ian Kay, a former planning officer at Wealden who broke the rules and gave commentary on his father-in-laws (FIL) application on Sandcastles in Pevensey Bay, where his FIL was a builder.
What about sustainable housing in terms of energy self-sufficiency?
As we understand it Wealden District Council have secured very few truly affordable houses, if any, in their geographical area. They have though granted consents for many expensive homes that appear not to have micro generation as a feature.
What about the energy infrastructure for electric vehicles such as charging points?
If we are to achieve zero carbon transport by 2030, should we not be installing EV service stations, or at least securing charging points for electrics at existing stations.
What about plastic in our oceans and effective recycling in Wealden?
To be fair Wealden has a pretty good record when it comes to recycling waste, but what special measure are in place to make sure that plastics, especially single use plastics, are properly disposed of and 100% recycled. Plastic waste from the land enters our oceans because it is not recycled as carefully as metals where copper and aluminium have a far higher value. Wealden is of course cut off from the sea, but that does not mean that plastic from the area will not travel.
ABOUT HUW MERRIMAN
PETITION - Okay, so that is domestic crime, but what about planning crimes, such as the 39 complaints of such a serious nature that The Lord Newton felt he had to refer the matter to Sussex Police? He may as well have referred the allegations to Mickey Mouse! Was Emma Brice a police officer in 1997. There is no statutory limitation on fraud. So, what about it Emma, would you investigate your own force, or would you refer such matters to the Attorney General?
Julienne Stroeve, a climate scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, told Sputnik News about the changes taking place in the Arctic Ocean and what exactly this bodes for us in the foreseeable future.
WEALDEN'S NEW BUILDS - What a lovely house, large and brimming with expensive traditional features for wealthy retired bankers and the like. Yes, that is three garages you can see. But where are the sustainable energy features? Another missed opportunity and we wonder what the incentive was to allow this development to proceed. Wealden appear to be talking the talk, but not walking the talk. This is a house in Church Road, Herstmonceux that was still being built in December 2017. Next door there are two more large house also new-build fro m 2016 and also devoid of any micro generation features. This is a pattern. If this is what is happening all over Wealden we are in serious climate trouble and heading for an economic meltdown as well as a global warming inferno.
LET'S BUILD A BETTER BRITAIN - There is an acute shortage of affordable houses in the Wealden district. After the Second World War there were 2 billion people on planet earth. Millions were killed during the fighting but still when peace came there were no houses for our returning war heroes. Instead, there were slums. Sir Winston Churchill embarked on a rapid building spree to try to cure the problem but neither this famous Prime Minister, not any that followed, could keep up with the demand. Hardly surprising since we are now at 7 billion on our beautiful Blue Planet. The planners at Wealden are prone to empire building rather than providing low cost housing for families starting out in life. This agenda should change if we are not to continue contributing to climate change, where the 2008 Act is clear as to what the United Kingdom should be aiming for by 2050.
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THE GUARDIAN - Ex MI6 chief Sir John Sawers tells of the sorry state the UK will be in after the divorce with the EU that is popularly referred to as Brexit. According to Sir John, we will suffer a lack of confidence, with the value of the pound already down by 15% as negotiations continue.
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