NATURAL ENGLAND - SOLICITORS
Andy Hopkin, Browne Jacobson LLP, solicitors
NATURAL ENGLAND BOARD
The NE Board has corporate responsibility for ensuring that Natural England fulfils the aims and objectives set by the Secretary of State. The main roles of the Board are to establish Natural England’s strategy, approve direction and review performance of the organisation. As a local and national authority, they are bound by Section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998, being that they must not violate any of the Articles of the European Convention. In particular they must act without discrimination and fairly, such as to comply with Articles 14 and 6.
There have though been cases where bias has been a feature of case handling. We are following a live case at the moment, being handled by Cath Jackson and Sue Beale, where permissions had been agreed and a landowner at great financial cost made adjustments, but then having agreed those adjustments would be acceptable, Natural England then sought to prosecute the landowner, even where he had permission from the local council for certain works, and there was no danger to any wildlife being caused by other works, which were to protect grazing animals, that otherwise might escape and either drown, or become a danger to nearby road users.
The burning question is, do any members of staff or the Board have any financial interests in the Wartling area? We will be writing to Natural England seeking assurances and clarification if necessary.
FRAUD EXAMPLE CASE: ERIC DONALD HUNTER October 2011
FORMER solicitor has been struck off and ordered to pay £35,000 in costs for dishonestly overcharging clients.
The Pevensey Levels have not been surveyed since at least 2009 and it is unclear as to what that survey revealed. We tried to obtain copy of the data for this area and were told:-
EMAIL REPLY TO REQUEST FOR DATA 19-9-2013
This is an automatically generated message from the NBN Gateway - DO NOT REPLY
you for your data request via the NBN Gateway. We're unable to allow
access to all species data for the whole of Sussex to you but will be more
than happy to provide you with desktop biodiversity reports for the sites
that you need data for.
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