Cromwell Bottom

Cromwell Bottom


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Sunday, 26 July 2015

The Flawed

Click On the Link For a Primer on Cromwell Bottom LNR and watch this space for the consultation Video Coming Soooon !!!!!

Sounds Like a Moth .? Well No. Its actually the FEET  Video on the Councils Consultation on Cromwell Bottom . Unknown to the council we have videographers and members of the public in the public domain  Video key events in the Process , its an interesting and staggering piece of work which we hope will underpin the councils inappropraite plans to commandeer North Loop as a Commercial Theme Park / Cycle Track  quite contary to the obligations placed upon them under the NERC Act 2006 where there is an overwhelming responsibility to replace the very significant Biodiversity destroyed as a consequence of recapping this Ox Bow Loop , a Closed Landfill that should have been remediated many years ago .Additionally the site is regulated by the Environment Agency who should as statutory Regulator ensure the Biodiversity on site is restored

The production will be acutely embarassing to Merran McCrae CEO who has been asked to meet on a number of occasions over the matter . We hope to make the production available nationally on Social media so that it is clear that this is a council driven agenda with officers acting ultra vires. 

A FOI Freedom of Information Request is being lodged with the Coucil to establish how much of Public Money has been spent in the process in terms of Officer Time and other expenditures largely due to Ms McCrae failure to respond to communications duly made

Coming Soon and Available to All to See and Comment

Runniing Time 12 m 27 s with  Backing Tacks  and visual impact

Quotes of the Week 

Cllr Scott Benton "  I dont have to justify my environmental reputation to you.... "

Not Far Behind Mr Firman , Council Biodiversity Officer , " There will be a net gain in Biodiversity "  -

not unlikely given 20 yrs of Biodiversity was removed during capping and all elso will come from the seed packet !!!

Helen Rhodes , Senior Consultation , Officer. " Go away and do your own consultation . please dont interfere with ours " 

Mick Smith Highway Officer , on extant duty to maintain PROW 42  and its use of right made , "Its not a council priority, we are looking into track access elesewhere with the development Team "

Prior to considerring requesting  a SS56 Magistrates order to ensure the use of right of Brighouse 42 (part of the Boundary Walk) is preserved and maintained and signed in accordance with the authorities responsibility to so lawfully  do or was it that it would interfere with the road needed to reach a nearby marina subject of ongoing planning permission and would be better off forgotten ??

Some of these Officer ommisions surely must be worthy of Private Eye . if you seek to apply rules , you need to be seen to abide by them. A Clear message to Mr Hughes the Authorities legal scholar " nemo est supra legem " and for the Harbinger of any  Judical Review" non in legendo sed in intelligendo leges consistunt| "

" No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it."
Theodore Roosevelt

The Councils Consultation

Firstly I am now in a position to assert the councils consultation is flawed firstly it was scheduled at events that catered for a disproportionally large number of visitors attending Brighouse 40 Weekend at events and was not predominantly aimed at local people.and to Questionairres circulated ourside Calderdale on Noodl

Secondly I have requested that Helen Rhodes be withdrawn from the process due to a significant conflict of interest which is currently with the CEO at the moment and involves vested interest

Thirdly as indicated the Council are approaching private land owners outside the consultative process and enterring into a series of negotiations outside the any consultative outcome thereby making a shambles of a consultative process which in fact Helen Rhodes refused to engage in

Fourthly some of the material facts being presented where incorrect if not misleading and does not reflect the current position of conservation management of a local nature reserve or any vulnerable groups using the reserve as a result of previous funding bids namely , blind disabled, elderly or Schools

Fifthly, given it is Ms Rhodes field of expertise , the questionairre was not a validated piece of work which could in any way be taken as serious in so far its structure presentation was biassed and prejudiced in its outcome

Sixth Given the Publics lack of scrutiny it is likely that such statistics would be presented to Cabinet in such a way to be a fore gone conclusion

Seventh The Nature reserve due to its popularity is being used as a primer to justify other elements of master planning without due regard to the authorities lawful obligations ( NERC ACT 2006 )

Eight Images and information relating to North Loop are not that, North Loop is NOT a former Landfill Site , it remains a Closed Landfill Site Regulated Under Licence by the environment Agency in the process of remediation until such times as the EA satisified that remediation is complete . The consequence of promoting it at such a juncture is resulting in the puiblic accessing the site through perimeter breeches such to constitute a position of endangerment

Nine Nowhere is there a clear aspiration to nominate North Loop as a LNR Local Nature Reserve which is deliberately not being dealt with advice from Natural England is clear there does not have to be substantive biodiversity or for that matter public access for the process to be begun simply a management plan and aspiration from the local land owner. There are a number of environmnetal issues which bring the impartiality of councils Biodiversity remit into question . I express concerns that there appears to be a stong dictat derived from the Councils Communities from senior management  Directorate bordering on what might be perceived as bullying

Ten The authorities view is increasingly to turn this land foot print into a cash cow to the exclusion of conservation groups and ultimately to the Public who will pay for car parking , and services already paid for within the council

Eleven As a conservation group engaging in access for the disabled and with a membership reflecting the same the Councils position in failing to provide FEET equivalent structures on the reserve as accorded with other stake holder groups as concerning and outside the equality act

Twelve In relation to data if any group or otherwise is interested in processing or qualifying the statistical basis or interpretation of the same them it should be readily available there are clear implications in terms of Freedom of Information and Data. Given the Councils model contained a significant portion of Lower Valley other than the Nature reserve there is substantial concern that such informtion will be incorrectly applied to any Master Planning or Cabinet Decision Making inappropriately

Thirteen There is now evidence that the Council are as initially identified approaching land owners to offer financial inducements outside the proces . so if you think you consulattion counted think again . It is very likely given that such activities remain unsanctioned by cabinet , after all its your money, that such officers are acting ultra vires , being their powers

There is an overwhelming view that the beauty of this natures reserve is best managed by leaving it alone. If you are in agreement This is best brought accross by sending a clear message to the council


How much did Council Offcers pay themselves from the public purse to sell a flawed consultation. Members of the Public where told that such a process would be at no cost to the tax payer . Watch this space for more news . Why would a lead officer refuse to participate in a Consultation with numerous users groups and statutory undertakers  ??


Having read this post What are YOUR views there is a POLL on the RIGHT seeking your assessment by signing the Petition see top of Blog you will also give a message to the Council


Cromwell Bottom Stakeholder Groups

For avoidance of doubt and clarity There are however two Primary Blogs run by two parity stakeholder groups Freshwater Environment Ecology Trust and CBWG which differ and contribute to the Nature Reserve in different ways and increasingly its future
For More Information on FEET and the work we undertake please visit the link . Thank You.


  1. Have attended 2 consultation events now and both staffed by CMBC staff who knew little as they worked in other departments so I think the main players are avoiding being questioned.Furthermore a week ago I asked them by e mail how long the LNR area was designated for (usually 21 years) .The woman I contacted is the designated contact on the consultation questionaire.....after she returned today I was fobbed off with "I don't know" because I need to ask 2 others who are on holiday.If I don't get the answer I am entitled to there will be some serious concern that they are being obstructive.
    I would also add (just for starters from me as I'm getting fired up now) that I have downloaded from CMBC website (public are allowed to do this) some Council Minutes when Cromwell Bottom was discussed and attached at the end are 2 plans.One of these clearly shows marked in red a cycle way through the current reserve and passing the bird viewing area.If ,as they claim,they haven't made any decisions until the public have had their say why have they published this plan.If any movers in the Wildlife Group want to see this I can oblige.
    Furhermore it was stated in the Echo that CMBC declined to let them have a plan so I obliged the Echo by e mailing them a copy in time to go in this weeks paper......nothing appeared and the useless rag haven't even acknowledged or thanked me for sending it.Local paper that doesn't care.
    Anyway enough of tonights rant.......CMBC deserve a fight and they have one.

  2. Thank you for positive comments and your efforts to protect the reserve FEET Freshwater Environment Ecology Trust welcome members who demonstatae the courage of their convictions thank you for so doing

  3. Update on Cllr jenny Lynne I followed up a call rto Cllr Lynne regarding her apparent concern for the nature reserve on an open day visit . She seems to think the consulation went well . Unfortunately Cllr Lynne does get much time to herself Quate and was rather busy doing her tax return . She did not provide some answers to basic questions that you would expect a Cabinet memeber to be briefed on. Given she is Calderdale Lead on the LDP - Local Development Pland she could even give a straight answer to whether the authority has undertaken a formal Urban Capacity Study