Let me bring you up to date.
There is a person who lives on the fringe of the village who has recently purchased Wyreside Hall. We all know who the person is, but they are hiding behind the anonymity afforded to them by purchasing the property through Jersey thereby avoiding paying the tax due on the transaction. That is the same tax loophole that the current (socially caring Conservative) government said they will make illegal as it is morally corrupt to use such means to avoid paying what is due to the country.
The hall is a beautiful grade II listed building that stands proud on a hill overlooking the River Wyre and can be seen from many places throughout the village.
It is part of the landscape and fits in well with the natural surroundings. There is an application soon to be considered by the planning committee to convert it into a five star hotel and conference centre… assuming you can just go about and build a five star hotel. In order for this conversion to be achieved, from looking at the plans the mysterious-anonymous-applicant-from-Jersey needs to double the current footprint of the hall by slapping what looks like a Travel Lodge onto the side of the old building:
If you are interested the plans and associated information are all available here (as of March 2012):
Planning Application – Ref 11/00839/FULMAJ – Wyreside Hall, Wagon Road, Nether Wyresdale, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 9DH – 21/11/2011
A large number of local people (certainly more than 12) have any numbers of concerns about the proposal that I don’t need to go into now. Some of these concerns are voiced on the above link, others cannot be voiced, as at the moment they are pure conjecture, but the same mysterious-anonymous-applicant-from-Jersey has already perverted planning rules by building a huge agricultural building in the grounds of his local house with the promise of using it for cattle & sheep, and yet no livestock have ever entered this building (there is a suggestion it is a handy place to park his helicopter when he is up from Jersey), and that is before we get to the 6 foot tall concrete dogs so tastefully positioned either side of his Corinthian pillared, flood lit at night, front door – so very tasteful and in keeping with the surroundings…
I have given you the background, now the fun part: below is a copy of a number of e-mails that are in the public domain from someone who, clearly is not at all and could not possibly be related in any way shape or form the mysterious-anonymous-applicant-from-Jersey, decided in their infinite wisdom, to send to some of the local councillors that have a say in the proceedings, and choosing not to send it to another Councillor. I promise you I have not done anything to these letters other than edit out e-mail addresses and change names in order to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent. I have left all the original typos and grammatical mistakes as it will help you to formulate your own opinion. When you read this you start to appreciate why the intellectuals are always the first with their backs to the walls when the revolution comes, at least in this country we all have the democratic right to an onion…
Subject: Nether Wyresdale Parish Council
Good Afternoon everyone,
We notice that Wyreside Hall is back on the agenda for tonight’s meeting.
As you are all aware the Planning application is receiving abnormal pressure from a very small group, of professional well educated people who know there way round the systems, and are looking to block this application at every opportunity.
I am sure we will see them all attend tonigh’st meeting, to try to influence you all to alter your opinions, from the last meeting.
Myself, and My Wife are not Southerners, and were born in the area.
My Wife has worked in the Hampson House Hotel, and for allot of years at the Crofters on the A6
Ruth was involved in the early formation, and support of Animal Concern, and has supported this charity for over 30years.
We recently funded and assisted in the building of a new reception, and education facility for them.
I am sure you all know Susan, and Matthew Rodgers, with Matthew owning, and running the garage opposite the red lion, working there from a boy, until present day well over 20years. He has also been a tenant, and run the Red Lion Public House.
Susan is looking after the Wyreside Hall project, and is the Estate manager.
Susan, along with Gareth Wiltshire gave a full presentation of the plans to an early parish council meeting, when they were well received.
Prior to living at Mordor, on Trough Road for the last 8 years, I lived on Hazelwood Lane, behind Lancaster University for 10years in the 1980’s
This was before the road alterations, and the purchase of the Whites farm land, for the New Student Campus, and the building of the most ugly green buildings on clear view of the M6. As we all know Lancaster university does not have any planning issues, and the new campus being testament to this.
I have brought this your attention because the main objection to Wyreside Hall, is from people associated with the university.
Allot of effort has been spent by these people on Noise, and Light Pollution, which I find utterly hypocritical when they work in what is the biggest light polluter in the North West.
Gareth Andrew associates spent considerable time, and effort on pre application consultations with all the relevant persons, English Heritage, LCC Highways,
WBC conservation, Planning, and English Heritage to ensure the scheme could pass through the process in a satisfactory considered manner.
We can inform the Parish Council that despite this, LCC Highways changed their consultant and took a totally different view. The highways issue’s were also raised by the Parish Council, considerable, tome, and expenses has been committed to addressing the points raised, and LCC have now approved the traffic scheme, with stipulation, which include local road improvements, and the bizarre funding of 80mts of pavement at Hampson Lane!!!
Despite consulting with English Heritage at the outset, the objectors have raised an application with English Heritage to have the building re-graded from Grade 11, to 11*, further delaying, and obstructing the planning process.
It looks at the moment the application will delayed a further month, with considerable costs being consumed by all involved, because of the small group, of committed objectors, who believe they are speaking for the community, with their protect Wyresdale group. What they are actually doing is splitting the local community into two distinct camps.
1. Protect Wyresdale: Mainly well educated Professors, and similar like minded supposed intellectuals who do not mix in the old community, but form a new enclave for themselves, this being Lower Dolphinholme. They are then that blinkered that they will do anything possible, to disrupt this application, not on any particular issue, but just because they feel they have the right to stop it at any costs.
2. The rest of the community, the farmers, long term local residents, trades people, business proprietors, and people who have normal employment working for a living. These are the majority, and just because they have not written, does not mean they do not support the scheme.
Despite knocking on everyone door demanding support, a leaflet campaign, website, blog site’s etc, their numbers do not change. The 12 people in the false photo, in the Lancaster Guardian, give you the correct impression of how false this group are.
Susan e-mailed each one personally, including Chapple to view the premised its dreadful condition to view, and discuss the scheme. Not one objector, has taken this opportunity to view of discuss the scheme. Three people e-mailed Susan, and I take the opportunity to enclose these e-mails, and the e-mail sent to everyone including Chapple. Please take the opportunity to read Fred Spacer letter to WBC, when it re-appears on the planning portal. If applying to English Heritage, is an act of desperation, trying to have a Tree Preservation Order applied to the bushy tree at Wyreside Lodge was joke.
We all try to get along, and know this is sometimes difficult, but as well as opposing the Planning application, they have taken an approach of antagonism.
You may recall at the last meeting, he was challenged why he had not looked round Wyreside Hall when offered, his reply he did so, when his friend Johnny Walker owned the property,
as Chapple was involved in the WAG group, opposing, and preventing his car track, you don’t need many friends like that. He has resorted to using the public footpath behind our house, with his wife, and dog off the lead, despite having sheep with lamb in the fields. He allowed his dog to foul, and made no effort to clear up, in complete show of defiance. Another Dog walker with a black lab, when challenged stated he was Lower Dophinholme, repeated the event, stopping to play ball, with the dog, opposite our back window, and again allowing the dog to foul.
PS We love dogs, and are not opposed to Dog Walkers, as we do so on a daily basis ourselves.
Dr Bunsen Honeydew:
Something has seriously happened to this man, during his time as a mortician.
He lives opposite us, and constantly stalks our house, pretending to clip the hedge during the summer.
His latest trick is to position a trailer in the gateway opposite, and every morning at 8am going to the trailer, with direct view of our bedroom, bathroom window, photo attached.
Despite being requested, to move the trailer to opposite his own house., he continues with the stalking approach.
He has recently built a new double garage, after demolishing the old one, again in an effort to wind us up, he has dumped the rubble, and other material in the field , opposite our house,
when there is ample places to store adjacent his own house.
Dr Arnold Heskwith.
I realise this is a bit of a touchy subject, and we only want to get on, and not cause anybody, or the Parish Council any further trouble. I have no idea, why Simon Morton has taken a dislike to us, or what we have done as we don’t know him. I did not know Dr Heskwith until he appeared to run the last Parish Council meeting, and his outspoken comments obviously led me to find out who he was etc.
A neighbour, and friend of Simon Morton, whom he represented at the investigation by WBC in the conduct of Simon Morton, over the Brookside Lodge, Planning application.
He is also a Professor in Business related subjects at Lancaster University, and a colleague of objectors. He is also well acquainted, and on first name terms with people in LCC Highways, and WBC. So for very obvious reasons have not sent this to e-mail to Dr Heskwith.
I would appreciate your continued support for this scheme, and assistance where ever possible.
PS Do we have the bigger room again tonight???
Subject: Your email of 15th March
Dear Mr Heinz
cc: Wyre Borough Council, Members of Nether Wyresdale Parish Council, Graham Chapple, Gareth Wiltshire.
I have only this morning seen your email of 15 March and have to say I was deeply saddened by it. This was not simply because my professional occupation is immaterial to my role as an elected parish councillor. Or because your negative allusion to my having previously represented at Council Mr Morton in his successful dismissal of Mr Wiltshire’s, as it turned out unfounded objections, were in some way related to your current application. It was primarily because you mistakenly believe that people’s challenging your application is somehow a reflection of a personal dislike of you, as opposed to their democratic right to seek to protect the environment in which they live.
Having experienced the cut and thrust of local political life, such episodes only disappoint rather than upset me. I have grown quite used to outbursts such as those by you and fully understand the emotions at work during such circumstances. The other individuals you misrepresent in your email of the 15 March may however take a different view and may even seek legal redress.
For this reason you might want to consider withdrawing your comments, which do nothing to contribute to the success of your ongoing current application.
Dear Mr Heskwith,
Thank you for your e-mail.
You have chosen to enter the fray, to respond to an e-mail that was not addressed to you, and one only intended for the recipients. I note M. chose to send you a copy.
It was not for entering into the public arena, and I requested for it not to be put on the public planning portal.
I believe that these are my personal views, and don’t believe there are inaccuracies in my e-mail.
However should you like to point out any inaccuracies, I will of course look at again.
I have no problem with public objection, and the democratic process when carried out correctly!!!
You wrongly assert, as do many other others, that because I strongly support the application, that it is my application. Despite letting you, and the everyone else at the Parish council meeting in February know I am not the applicant, or the owner of Wyreside Hall you and many others still incorrectly refer to me as the applicant.
I like you have the democratic right to an onion, as you do you as an order member of the public.
The democracy of this country was none more so evident when the Parish Council for the second time, voted in favour of the scheme. Your frustration at this was plainly evident for all to see, and as this was the democratic voice of the Parish council, it would be appreciated if you accepted it, and endorsed its decision.
If the true statements I have made have nothing to do with your objection, then there is nothing for us both to be concerned about, and the matter can rest.
I think we can help this matter, by now not antagonising one another further, and let Wyre Borough Council get on with it. I sure they all have allot more to deal with, then constantly addressing Wyreside Hall.
I stayed the for the full meeting, as I was interested in what was happening generally in the parish, and what other functions the Parish Council undertake. I will attend as many future meetings as possible, to see local politics at work first hand.
I note you have e-mailed Dr Chapple, which was not really necessary, but again I believe my statements are correct.
I have removed Dr Chapple from my response as he was never intended for circulation, so really don’t see why you want to cause further issue.
You stated to me personally after the Feb meeting that it was time to start building bridges, and I agree, and maybe you could take a lead in this process.
I have copied in my legal representatives, but in the circumstances don’t think they will be required, we are all busy people, and this constant bickering is not doing anyone any favours, and it is time we should all move on, and get on with our lives, and leave it to the professional planners, and Wyre Planning committee.
Dear Mr Heinz
On the contrary, I have opted to leave the fray. You have inspired me to stand down with immediate effect.
Moreover, I have a suggestion for you. Why not take my place on Nether Wyresdale Parish Council?
You clearly meet the criteria. Your decision to stay behind for the remainder of the last Parish Council meeting demonstrated a burning desire for wanting to give something back to the community. You have a natural sense of community spirit and an obvious gift for public relations. You probably know all of the local planning laws, agencies and advisors. You would be a real asset to the Parish Council.
With no business interests, you strike me as a guy with a lot of time on your hands. The Parish council isn’t too onerous a task, and shouldn’t eat into all of that spare time you have, perhaps on average consuming just the one, maybe two evenings a week reading various papers, mainly to do with planning. Sometimes it gets a little more intense, with people knocking on your door, telephoning or filling your inbox with various emails about issues they feel strongly about and all in need of a speedy and half decent reply, not to mention attendance at various meetings, be they on the closure of local leisure centres, parking issues or planning.
Of course, unlike me, you will not have been voted in by the wider members of the Parish at an election but you will have the comfort of knowing that come the next election, you will be judged on your record of representing the interests of those people you represent.
And although you might be tempted to rule yourself out of the running because you are not in possession of the award of the Doctor of Philosophy, let me tell you a little secret: you really don’t need one to run for Parish Council.
All the best for a flourishing career in public service.