SAVE OUR DARK SKIES

by Amanda Boot

SAVE OUR DARK SKIES

by Amanda Boot
Amanda Boot
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I overlook this site and I want to protect local residents of Sunbury on Thames from the terrible light effects of the site.
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I overlook this site and I want to protect local residents of Sunbury on Thames from the terrible light effects of the site.
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Latest: June 26, 2019

ELMBRIDGE BOROUGH COUNCIL NOW APPEALING

Elmbridge Borough Council now appealing. 


There has been lots of local press activity - if anyone would like to be sent the links please let me know. 


Amanda 

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18th April 2019                                                                    Park Road, Sunbury on Thames

Dear Neighbours,

You may be aware of the story so far but to refresh your memory.

As you probably know the planning permission for the sports hub was found unlawful and quashed by the High Court in January, 2017 Then the following day Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) granted themselves planning permission for an almost identical proposal.  Officers convinced their Councillors by gross misrepresentation that there would be “moderate to minor visual impact” to the surrounding properties. Landscaping and planting was proposed to mitigate the impact of the lighting, but any one can see that the visual impact far exceeds anything “moderate to minor”.

We have been working with EBC over the winter to monitor and try to minimise the impact of the lighting.  This has borne some fruit – there have been teething problems, but we now have an understanding that the lights to the athletics ground (closest to Sunbury) are now used at 60% power for training purposes and they will be turned off when not required.

But this understanding is merely informal and we need EBC to commit in a way which binds them legally to protect our local environment and lessen the impact long term. To do that we are back in the High Court soon – on the 2nd May, 2019.  Technically that is to get the existing permission quashed, with the Councillors then bound to reconsider what they can grant, now knowing the facts and how awful it is.   There may be other things, but our main aim would be for alterations to the lights (which are old technology) and reduced hours.

The legal team are optimistic that the case will lead to a positive outcome by the planning permission being quashed and reconsidered and (at least) stricter controls being put on the lighting.

Since the last case this has been done on a shoestring and the reality is that we need support to take the case through to the hearing.  We are aiming for £10,000.  We have direct pledges of £5,000.  Any contribution from those of you who care about their immediate environment and preserving the remaining beauty of this special place would be welcome - please.

Our solicitor Richard Buxton in Cambridge can answer any questions you may have – rbuxton@richardbuxton.co.uk.

Please contribute to our campaign!

Thank you in anticipation.

Amanda Boot

PLEASE SEE PHOTOS BELOW

This was the proposal to the Council's members to achieve the planning permission, demonstrating the lighting impact when it is dark.

But this is what it looks like:

Trees planted by Elmbridge Borough Council to lessen the lighting impact!




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Update 5

Amanda Boot

June 26, 2019

ELMBRIDGE BOROUGH COUNCIL NOW APPEALING

Elmbridge Borough Council now appealing. 


There has been lots of local press activity - if anyone would like to be sent the links please let me know. 


Amanda 

Update 4

Amanda Boot

June 7, 2019

PLANNING PERMISSION IS QUASHED BY THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE.

We are so pleased to be able to now announce the fantastic outcome of the court hearing of 2nd May, 2019.  

Particular thanks must go to Mr Andrew Parkinson of Counsel and Richard Buxton and team. 

It goes without saying that there is still a lot more work to be done by our legal team and your continued support and pledges is much needed.    

Thank you everyone for your encouragement and support.  

Please do share and pass on the good news - an amazing precedent for the future. 


Thank you, 

Amanda and team.

Update 3

Amanda Boot

June 4, 2019

We continue to wait for judgement.

Update 2

Amanda Boot

May 13, 2019

Waiting for judgement.

Thank you so much for your continued support and interest in our case. 

We had a good hearing on the 2nd May at the High Court with the argument most skillfully presented by our Barrister Andrew Parkinson.  

The Judge - Justine Thornton reserved judgement to be given at a later date. 

We are of course hoping to win the case in order to get lighting conditions that are enforceable in the future. 

We will let you know the result as soon as we get it. 

Amanda  

Update 1

Amanda Boot

May 1, 2019

We're in court tomorrow, May 2nd! Can you come and support us?

We're in court tomorrow! We need support from North and South of the river!

Our legal team thinks it would be very powerful and beneficial if we had residents and our supporters attend the hearing tomorrow.

Our hearing will be in Court 27 before Mrs Justice Thornton DBE. It will be starting at 10.30am.  

Please spread the word far and wide, and we hope to see you there tomorrow!

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