Says Adrienne Yentis
A friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
and she came across a group of cattle strung out across the bridlepath with no way through – the only way off was to turn round. Fortunately her horse
remained calm throughout. But you can imagine how a nervous horse might react ........... read more
Defra Richard Benyon replaced by George Eustice
Steve Yandall writes to the new Minister at Defra
"QUANGO's are a threat to self determination,localism,equality,sustainability,honesty and best practice."
Says Steve Yandall
Congratulations on your elevation to minister!
For 5 years,campaigning as 'Save Penwith Moors',Ian McNeil Cooke,Craig Weatherhill and I have,either directly or via Andrew/Buckingham Palace,drawn attention to the failures of Natural England/English Heritage to observe lawfulness or fully engage local opinion in their decision making processes.
Two administrations have chosen to ignore this unlawfulness with Richard Benyon compartmentalising NE's actions as "local issues" despite those actions involving national laws and achieving objectives elsewhere involving the same means.
David Cameron,in response to Her Majesty forwarding a letter from myself,assured SPM ,by letter, that two cabinet offices would investigate these issues.Nothing happened and RB still referred to our allegations as "local issues".
DC was petitioned at no 10 two weeks ago and I note Eric Pickles conference speach contained identical allegations, to those we petioned, against QUANGO's.(The wider issue of LA's/NGO's/QUANGO's/commerce adopting assumptive rather than legal powers and assumed powers being supported via 'due process' is hugely concerning).
To be honest with you Ian,Craig and I feel disenfranchised and distanced from the principles upon which our educations were established and view the QUANGO's involved as a threat to self determination,localism,equality,sustainability,honesty and best practice.
It may appear that this "vociferous minority"(we actually have over 550 members with thousands affiliated nationally) are obstructive and obsessive but the reality is that,as local stakeholders with a little expertise,the flexibility we asked of the QUANGO's involved was minimal and involved only 4 small areas that have,since HLS imposition,seen a decrease in visitors,an increase in archaeological damage and,in the 5 years of HLS(the first site in 2008) Carnyorth has seen no decrease in bracken,'breaking in' that has seen grass with no regeneration of heather or western gorse, an estimated drop in visitors of 80% and(from recollection) 13 instances of archaeological damage.
We are thus not apologetic about our stance. We are,in effect,committed to environmental democracy and view QUANGO's as a singular threat to that principle and would thus extend an invitation to you to discuss these matters--an invitation RB accepted and then recanted on?
I have also copied in Maureen Comber,Tony Barnett and Peter Biddlecombe.
Maureen has 30 years evidence of legal non compliance re equestrian access and LA obfuscation.Tony is a witness to Common Land 'robbery' and is expert in Common Land Law and Peter is the media 'glue' that has bound us together.