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Sunday 18 March 2012

Secretive Castleview Development Meeting Leaked

Angry residents claim inadequate publicity for public meeting


Residents living near to Upton Court Park, especially in the vicinity of Castleview, are complaining that inadequate publicity will prevent all concerned individuals finding-out what is going-on at the Castleview field.

Some have complained to the Slough Times that they have not been told about the public meeting. However one person obtained a copy of a letter sent to some councillors. As a service to the public, that letter is reproduced below.

The Slough Times has been told 3 meetings are being held at Slough Cricket Club on the north-west corner of Upton Court Park.

  • The first is a secret meeting for councillors and council officials, probably on how to prevent the public complaining. That starts at Friday 23rd March, 1.30pm.
  • Two so-called Public Meetings are then being held on Friday 23rd March, 3pm-7pm and Saturday 24th March, 10am - 2pm.

Although well-planned in advice, the news of these meetings has just leaked-out on Friday 16th March. How can the Public attend a public meeting if the Public do not know it is happening ?

The Slough Times actually believes the only real democracy is people power. Without knowing what is going-on people can not make decisions for themselves. We are pleased to publish the leaked letter.

The Leaked Letter

16 March 2012

Dear Councillor,

Invitation to a councillor's preview of an exhibition displaying proposals for new homes at land off Castleview Road

Friday 23rd March, 1.30pm-2.30pm, Slough Cricket Club, Upton Court Rd Slough SL3 7LT

I am writing to you on behalf of Bellway Homes to invite you to a preview of an exhibition displaying proposals for new homes on land to the rear of Castleview Road, Upton Court.

As an elected member you may recall that the previous proposal for 300 homes at this location by developer Kelobridge was granted planning permission by the Council. Bellway Homes is now taking forward the delivery of this site and is proposing a scheme that is considered to be more in keeping with the character and appearance of the local area, by providing a development of mainly family houses with fewer apartments than the approved scheme and a more traditional design style (the number of proposed homes remains at the previously consented 300).

Bellway Homes is committed to community consultation and has employed Green Issues Communique, a specialist consultation company, to organise the public exhibition and seek feedback from local residents on the proposal. At the exhibition, there will be the opportunity to meet Bellway representatives, planners and the project architect, and to comment on the proposals.

The councillors preview will offer the opportunity for elected members and officers to view the proposals and ask questions in a quiet setting prior to the event opening to the public.

Of course, you would also be welcome to attend the public exhibitions which are at Friday 23rd March, 3pm-7pm and Saturday 24th March, 10am-2pm.

It would be helpful to know if you are planning to attend. Please email: laura.edwards--at--greenissuescommunique.com

If you have any questions regarding the exhibition please contact Kelly Edwards on 0118 983 9459, or kelly.edwards--at--greenissuescommunique.com.

Yours faithfully

Laura Edwards
D +44 118 983 9461
M +44 7772 042848

Green Issues Communique
30 Friar Street | Reading RG1 1DX | UK
T +44 118 959 1211
www.greenissuescommunique.com/