Statement of THNA to Members of the Working Party, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council - Meeting 10.01.2002

The Development Contorl Working Party [ Members: Councillors Noakes, Paulson-Ellis, Cunningham, Fletcher, Mills, Catt ] was formed to consider the implication of the Telephone House development and to make recommendation for exercising in future an effective control by Members over the actions of Council officers in the Planning and Strategy and Development Control Departments.



To: Cllrs XXXXXXX - Noakes, Paulson-Ellis, Cunningham, Fletcher, Mills, Catt
Telephone House - Working Party
Town Hall Tunbridge Wells TN1 1RS

7 January 2002

Dear Councillor

Telephone House Working Party - First Meeting on 10.01.2002

We are writing this letter to each Member of the Working Party, formed to consider the implication of the Telephone House development and to make recommendation for exercising in future an effective control by Members over the actions of Council officers in the Planning and Strategy and Development Control Departments.

We hope you will not think us presumptuous in writing, but we feel that we may be able to assist, as a result of our experience as residents of the Telephone House planning debacle.

We are preparing a report, dealing, inter alia, with the conduct of officers, with the report of Mr Haynes (presented to the Operational Service Borad Meeting on 27th November 2001) and with a few ideas, based partly on outside advice, as to how Members might wish both to control and work in harmony with officers.

If you think our report may be of interest to your Working Party, we would be happy to address it to you; it will be completed in the next two weeks. Further, if you would like elaboration on any points, we would be pleased to meet with you.

We are experiencing a little difficulty in the preparation of the report because we have received no answers to the majority of questions put to the Chief Executive. We enclose a copy of our letter of 18th November to Councillor Leonard Price, which demonstrates some of our difficulties.

18.11.2001 - Letter to Leonard Price, Councillor of Culverden Ward:
seeking clarification on questions addressed to the Chief Executive, Rodney Stone

We fully support the motion brought forward by Councillor Roy Bullock (item 11 on the 4th December 2001 Councilís Meeting Agenda).

Details of our involvement can be found on our Internet-site http://uk.geocities.com/telephonehouse.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely
Annemarie Topliss
Secretary
The Telephone House Neighbours Association

cc: Cllrs Price, Wakefield, Lynes, Bullock



Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's Internal Inquiry into
the Telephone House Debacle

The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Tunbridge Wells
The aims are to heighten peoples' awareness and concern for the controversial high density development on
Telephone House site, Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells.