At today’s Development Committee of Sedgemoor District Council held on Skype, a variation of conditions to allow lorry deliveries to the proposed new Aldi superstore on Northgate to start at 6am and extend until midnight was passed by 7 votes to 5 despite 24 letters from residents, and a major objection from the Town Council to the officers support for the variations which caused the item to be referred to committee. Westover Councillor Brian Smedley, who spoke against the proposal at the meeting, said he was ‘Disappointed‘ by the failure of Sedgemoor Planning councillors to throw out the bid for extra hours for deliveries “Residents concerns have been disregarded and yet again supermarkets are being allowed to call the shots. This was an appalling decision as they could have said right at the start that this was their intention but instead they have slipped it in as a ‘variation’ after the initial planning permission was granted. “
Planning issues for July 2020 coming to both Sedgemoor District Council and Bridgwater Town Council. Matters come first to Town Council where the planning panel sits fortnightly to consider a Town position (Support, Oppose or add conditions) and then it goes to Sedgemoor District Council’s Development Control Committee for the final decision. Ward Councillors and Town Council can comment on each application and if their views are different to the recommendation of Sedgemoor’s Planning officers then that application must be heard at Committee for discussion and vote. All ward councillors are notified of these applications.
Residents are welcome to write to us at Westoverward@gmail.com to make their own points on these issues which we may be able to take up. Brian Smedley is a member of the Bridgwater Town Planning Panel and Kathy Pearce and Li Gibson are members of the Sedgemoor Development Control Committee. Continue reading “Westover Planning Matters July 2020”
Bridgwater has 6 twin towns. La Ciotat in France, Homberg in Germany, Uherske Hradists in the Czech Republic, Marsa in Malta, Priverno in Italy and Camacha on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Each year, at the same time as the Quayside Festival, all the twinners get together for a weeklong celebration of internationalism culminating in an evening of music and chat alongside presentations of what each link has done this year. With Covid that public evening is off the cards BUT with the Zoom technology available to everybody during lockdown the twinners will be presenting an online evening, linking up with their twin towns and making the evening open to the public. And this year we will be joined by Bridgewater Massachusetts in the USA!
The evening will be Sunday 19th July and the times 7pm until 9pm. Drop in and see some films, listen to some songs and join in the conversation with our international partners looking forward to when we can all meet again back in the real world.
To join the Zoom event click here.
Meeting ID: 892 3132 2510