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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

News News News Meeting 7:00 pm on the 8th May.2014 Relating to North Loop & Future use

F.E.E.T.  Are expressing some concern about the lack of ecological consultation and information in the Public Domain relating to reinstatement of the North loop and Hydro electric Scheme on the River Calder

It is clear that with funding streams available from two potential Calderdale Council will structure the Ecological and Conservation Developement of North loop in accordance with grant criteria and not necessararily the interests of Wildlfe or Conservation

FEET will act as a reminder  of the authorities statutory  responsibility to restore the North loop to standards required of the EA in doing so FEET will not see any body Hijack funding sources to the detriment of Wildlife or ecology

Restoring North loop means having dedicated Conservation areas that remain out of Public Use for the quiet use and conservation of wildlife free from over use or pressures made by man on wildlife

On the 8th May there will be a meeting to discuss the proposals relating to the restoration of North Loop Closed Land Fill Site, Cromwell Bottom. This meeting will provide a forum to input and discuss matters relating to the creation of biodiversity and access features on this unique development opportunity. The meeting will also provide further information and update on proposals surrounding the installation of a fish ladder and hydro-electricity option at the weir.


The meeting will be held at the Mulberry Suite, Brighouse 6th Form College, at
 7:00pm on the 8th May.2104

The Future of Cromwell Bottom 

MOVED FROM CBWG DUE TO INAPPROPRIATE  EDITTING

It is within some concern that I address the issue of developing the Nature reserve as a whole in my capacity as Director of FEET - The Freshwater Environment Ecology Trust. and also as a trustee Advisor to CBWG

FEET are an independent body which have clear  interests of Conservation and Wildlife and are somewhat concerned by the game of politics that are unfolding regarding the availability of grant funding and how this portion of land is restored

Many Members and members of the Public are unaware that the large ammount of work occurring on the North Loop relates to capping off  of the other landfill site on this River Loop known as North loop. This is being done for a number of reasons and takes off any gases that such Rubbish may generate as it degrades and any associated leechate which can or cannot contain significant  levels of harmful substances

It appears , that Calderdale seek to develop the North loop in two distinct parts dependent on what funding streams can be accessed , not necessarily on the best ecological assessment or interests of Wildlife or Conservation, although in fairness . some restrictions will derive from the EA Eg Such as precluding of water Ponds and Scrapes on the upper elevation 

North Loop

Calderdale MDC must be reminded that there is a statutory obligation to restore what was a dump or landfill site to its original state. Let us remember some key points
(i) This is what it looked like before (ii) No records where kept about what was placed on North Loop (iii) what comes off or might come of by way of leaching not clear (iv) should not be pumped into the YW system without the relevant treatments   (v) not shipped off site to YW Works only to make itself downstream without knowing the impact on the River Environment or Fish in it


Rubbish


CROMWELL BOTTOM   HAS BEEN A LANDFILL SITE IT WAS ARGUED BY CROMWELL BOTTOM WILD LIFE GROUP  THAT THIS PICTURE DID NOT REFLECT THE HISTORY OF CB BECAUSE IT  WAS A PICTURE OF A KNOTWEED CONTROL AREA WE ARE OF THE BELIEF THAT THE PLASTIC , WIRES  BATTERIES AND RUBBISH REFLECT WHAT IS BURIED BENEATH THE LAND FILL SITE  ON BOTH LOOPS CONTRARY TO THEIR ASSERTION IS  WHOLLY FACTUALLY CORRECT, 

WE ARE ALSO OF THE BELIEF THAT THE SITING OF THIS SPRAYING AREA IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE WHEEL WASH CONTAINING NUMEROUS AMPHIBIA NEWT 228+  DOES NOT HELP FOR AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT THE MUTAGENIC FRACTIONS OF GLYCOPHOSPHATE SPAYING ON WATER TABLE AND AMPHIBIA BEING FLAGGED


landffill


Interesting feedback from you regarding Calderdale Council's recent post about the open meeting on May the 9th 2014 at the Mulberry Suite, Brighouse.

We (CB) have altered some of your statements as they are factually incorrect e.g. regarding the picture of the landfill site; this is a picture of the knotweed control area taken on March the 8th. Also the Constitution is on the Members blog. Just what relevance the issue with Shibden Park has to do with CB is odd.    ++ see below

Regards


Cromwell Bottom

 +  On a matter of Technical accuracy

(i)  Constitution is only visible to members not those who might want to join
(ii) Those who might want to join Need to know what ethical values they are subscribing to
(iii) In its current form appears as a draft not a formalised document
(iv) Like many of the facts CB have got their dates wrong its May 8th (Thurs)

Perhaps CB might be less prescriptive and more factual in there presentation of fact

Waste Management Licence number  60801
A4 : Household, Commercial & Industrial Waste Landfill 

Environmental Permit Reference number  EAEPR\EA/EPR/EP3899ZU/A001 









For avoidance of doubt The extent of Active Licence Boundaries can be found here

EA Whats On Your Doorstep Link

The Health and Water Quality of the River Calder bisecting the site and Calder Loops on the reserve can be accessed here

I am not aware that Calderdale have consulted with any relevant stakeholder groups relevant to CB or for that matter defined them. and would also seek evidence to diversity and engagement for all other interested Stakeholders with particular relevance in defining the locality or role within the Boundaries of The LNR and where such groups have a role or relationship with council to be clearly stated

 ++ It also seems that Officer led Decisions seem to dominate member input when dealing with matters with the Council, and that is particulary evident within the Community Sector .( I refer to the Car parking Charges placed within Shibden Hall after the 5 million pounds revamp which include grant monies from the LHF) Shibden Hall was given as a gift to the People of Halifax expressly for their exercise and well being of the poor . FEET strongly opposed the charging of Parking fees which affected access on a busy road to Cunnery Wood LNR . We are of the reasonable belier that the way the traffic order was implemented without consulting full council (not just the 3 ward councilors one of which was leader at the time  and should therefore NOT have been engaed due to vested interest)  was in breach of the Councils Constitution.As a community Strategy there is no justification in depriving local people access to nature and the Shibden  estate . I understand car parking fees double during Term Time , Such a decision is likely wrong in principle , wrong in practice and likely wrong in law

 ++  The point being the Community Director will represent the Public Interest or  will be forced to do so under the umbrella of statutory instruments

In regard to the Hydro Scheme we have very clear views , with exception of flood control , FEET do not believe that the Flow and integrity of the River Calder , with any detriment to its dependent flora or fauna should be controlled or impacted on

I would also remind CBWG as a trustee that an integral part of the Groups constitution is to work toward nominating the LNR (Local Nature Reserve ) to status of SSI Site of Special Scientific Interest for the future enjoyment of the people of Calderdale and Brighouse

FEET will not idly sit by and allow the LNR to be used to justify public amenity space in regard to any future developments at the old brick works which would impact on any aspect of the Nature Reserve

The meeting will also provide further information and update on proposals surrounding the installation of a fish ladder and hydro-electricity option at the weir.

FEET recorded at CB for some years and and detailed and valid records for a 17 year period

If you are interested a Clear and objective assessment of issues relating to CB,  Information  and Updates are available both here specifically for

Cromwell Bottom      http://cromwellbottomwildlife.blogspot.co.uk/

F.E,E.T    http://feetworks.blogspot.co.uk/

CBWG are also aware of my concerns as a Trustee relating to their own operation on a number of matters as it appears certain matters appear to be negotiated outside full trustee meetings or agendas clearly considerred by the group as a constitutional whole .These matters will be properly raised and placed on the agenda for the next committee meeting .It would be of value for the group to place that constitution in clear public view (Available on the Members blog)

FEET  will therefore be in attendance at the meeting held on 8th May at The Mulberry Suite to give our clear point of view . If you as a member of CBWG , Resident , Angler or other interested party  have any questions relating to our assessment  FEET would be more than happy to seek answers to them. We , FEET , are not minded to ignore them because we have a vested interest in the site or a material gain to be had by fostering a link with the Council in return for  being a cash Cow. In the matter of CBWG , as an elected member I believe these issues fall properly within the remit of the Constitution . 

In the meantime we (FEET) will be seeking input from

YW -Yorkshire Water
EA-  Environment Agency
CB MDC Council
All other Affected Stakeholders

Specifically in regard to Statutory Duties

When more detailed facts are available we will;  summarise and provide that information to the people of Brighouse Elland and those that utilise the reserve so that an informed opinion can be made

Colin Duke

Cromwell Bottom      http://cromwellbottomwildlife.blogspot.co.uk/

F.E.E.T    http://feetworks.blogspot.co.uk/

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