Weʼre raising £2,000 to Fund Campaign for Colney (C4C)
- London Colney, United Kingdom
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Campaign for Colney (C4C) was set up in October 2017 to oppose Hertsmere's (preferred) local plan to build between 4000-8000 new homes in and around London Colney, Colney Heath and Shenley.
The 'public' consultation started in Hertsmere in 2016, but local residents in Colney only became aware of the plans in October 2017, with the consultation ending on 30th November 2017. Hertsmere point blank refused to engage with local residents regarding the consultation and undertook extremely dubious market research internally (and not verified by an MR Society verified practitioner). They refused to attend a public meeting held by C4C on 5th November (attended by Anne Main MP) and refused to attend or run consultation events outside of Hertsmere. They directed people toward their online consultation portal (which did not work). Despite numerous complaints, Hertsmere refused to fix their online portal thus not allowing local residents opportunity to object.
Meanwhile, St Albans Councils local plan was thrown out in the High court after they were challenged in the Summer over their 'lack of consultation' with neighbouring boroughs (including Hertsmere) winning. This came about as St Albans planned to build on their border near to Hemel Hempstead. St Albans are now one of 15 (of 418) authorities who were put 'on notice' in November 2017,by the Government regarding their poor local plan. In effect, if they do not produce a robust plan by January 2018, then the Government will 'take control' which could have further disastrous effects on the areas surrounding London Colney.
St Albans are in a mess and refusing to challenge Hertsmere proposal through the courts and London Colney Parish Council have not acted on residents behalf. LCPC are of course funded by St Albans Council. To date their only intervention was, after the C4C meeting was called, to plan a meeting for 3 days after ours in order to minimise attendance and 'exert' their authority (our meeting was packed with over 250 residents, LCPC struggled to have 100 people attend theirs).
Now the 'consultation' period is over, there are a number of avenues on which to protest and fight for our village and green spaces. These are through legal, press and other challenges. That said, this all costs money.
C4C is a group set up by residents for residents and we recieve no funding. Any amount you can donate gives us a shot at challenging Hertsmere with one of 2 options: Blocking this development going ahead, or, if that is not successful, minimising the impact and scope as far as possible.
Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.
Brett Ellis and the Campaign for Colney team.
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