29.09.02 - Letter to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council - Operational Services


THE TELEPHONE HOUSE NEIGHBOURS ASSOCIATION
37 Church Road
Royal Tunbridge Wells
TN1 1JT

e-mail: telephonehouse@aol.com
internet: http://uk.geocities.com/telephonehouse

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
John Haynes, Director Operational Services
Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells

29 September 2002


Dear Mr Haynes

Telephone House Development - Environmental Issues

Thank you for your letter 13th September. With reference to the type of evidence which would be useful to you we enclose the following correspondence.

31 January 2002 - letter to BT/Southgate Developments (cc TWBC Environmental Services)
6 February 2002 - e-mail from TWBC Environmental Services
7 February 2002 - e-mail to TWBC Environmental Services
10 March 2002 - letter to BT/Southgate Developments (cc TWBC Environmental Services)
11 March 2002 - e-mail to TWBC Environmental Services
9 May 2002 - letter to TWBC Environmental Services
5 June 2002 - e-mail from TWBC Environmental Services
5 June 2002 - letter to TWBC Environmental Services
16 September 2002 - letter from Crest Nicholson (cc CALA Homes - the present owners)

You will realise that clearance work started on Monday, 4 February 2002 with several builders on site. This must have been authorised by the owner of the building at the time, namely Crest Nicholson, as the gates were unlocked that day, and left open. Crest Nicholson must therefore have the name and details of the firm concerned, as the work would have had to be paid for.

Many residents in York Road witnessed that black bags were being thrown from the top-floor of Telephone House, into the car-park below, then loaded into a skip. The skip was exchanged and chutes were installed on the North Side. The building was accessed from both Church and York Road, for approximately 10 days. In addition 4 ventilation boxes as part of the air conditioning on the North Side were also removed.
I trust that this supplies you with the evidence that you requested.

You will of course note that we tried desperately to get some details from TWBC Environmental Services at that time, about the works which were carried out. Your officer Duncan Haynes tried to get in contact with me by calling in at 37 Church Road, the official address of the Association. Instead of trying to single out one individual member of the Association, he should have known that a written answer to the simple questions that have been raised, would have been sufficient.

Now, as we never received a satisfactory answer and Crest Nicholsonís Development Consultant, Ken Munday writes: "we took nothing from the building", we have to ask the uneasy questions:
- What was the motivation of the officer Duncan Haynes not to pursue the matter in due time?
- And then again: What was removed?
- Why the reluctance to find out?

Yours sincerely

Katherine Quinnell
The Telephone House Neighbours Association



What was removed from Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells, in February 2002?