THE HEDON BLOG has received a rallying call from James Baron from Hedon; he is urging local residents to get involved in the debates and issues around the developments that are likely to bring Renewable Industries to the very boundaries of the town.
James has written to the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and appealed to them to involve local residents in these crucial decisions. Here he appeals directly to local residents to have their say using social media websites like the Hedon Blog and to engage with the local Town Council on the issue.
We reproduce James’ letter in full – and then we reproduce the statements from Hedon Town Council relating to these developments which have been sent to the East Riding Council.
The development areas under consideration are highlighted on the map as HAV1 and HAV2, with Hedon’s boundaries marked in black to the right, Saltend to the left, and the village of Paull at the bottom.
This is a crucial debate for the town – a representative for Renewables UK recently described his sector as a “perpetual growth industry” – and it will affect us all! There has already been some debate on this over on HU12 Online.
The Hedon Blog invites you to join that debate (highlighted text below is ours – Ed):
Can we afford not to have our say? by James Baron
Can you recall the last time you wrote to your MP, or visited the council chambers to take part in a council meeting, last month…. Last year…. Never? Your not on our own, are you bothered about what goes on in the area you live? Does the prospect of Mr Smith from up the road building a two story extension make you march through the doors of your local council to lodge your objections, or are you a “live and let live” kind of person who believes that by doing so your opinion wouldn’t make a difference. Whatever category you fall in it’s getting easier to voice your opinion both locally and nationally.
Social media is now starting to give the people a voice. Some may call them keyboard warriors but the world has changed. You can voice your opinions to your friends on Facebook or you can contact 10 Downing Street via Twitter. On a local level you can have your say on message boards run by the local paper or visit the various Hyperlocal sites like HU12 Online or The Hedon Blog. In my opinion, this social movement which is currently in its infancy, couldn’t have happened at a better time.
Things are changing in our area. Hull City Council are asking for the opinion of the people to help create the “Energy City” and hopefully with it thousands of jobs. People are being asked to submit their ideas and opinions to help shape the City. Several factors have led to this. A change of stance towards the private sector by the staunchly Labour council and the fact that deep down the council knows the area is on its knees but does this effect us in Holderness? The answer is of course YES!!
Kingston upon Hull is 1 mile away from the edge of Hedon (or south Preston) if you’re being picky. What happens there affects us all. Most of us, the residents in Hedon commute into the city to work, shop and socialise. It’s important we have our say and I advise as many of you as possible to have a look when the website is up and running and contribute to this fantastic idea.
Hull City Council are also courting a number of large renewable energy companies. The one we all hear about is Siemens, fingers crossed come the New Year they will have signed on the dotted line to build the Greenport. This development will open up a real conundrum for our area. The choice between investment, jobs and development moving out of the city boundaries and into the East Riding Countryside or keeping the green space between us and our city neighbours.
I have used social media to have my opinion on this topic. I urge you all to take some time to have your opinion. Help shape the future of the area.
Hedon Town Council view – Planning Committee Meeting 25th October – response to East Riding Council.
Hedon Town Council is concerned regarding the proposal to site heavy industry in such close proximity to neighbouring towns/villages – Hedon/Paull etc due to the possible increase in noise, traffic, traffic pollution and environmental pollution. Hedon Town Council feels that the economic gain would be far outweighed by the possible long term detrimental effects a “heavy” commercial development could have on the surrounding area and would very much prefer to see only light industrial proposals for this site.
Site HAV 2
Hedon Town Council is extremely concerned with the resulting total erosion of green space between the settlements of Hedon and Paull and industrial sites at Saltend that will ensue should development of this site progress. Industrial development of this area will impact on the adjacent Hedon Haven – an ancient monument. There is a fresh water pond located at the centre of the development site which, according to a survey carried out by Yorkshire Water, is home to great crested newts and water voles. Hedon Town Council will resist any development of site HAV 2, however, if this land is allocated for development any scheme MUST include for SUBSTANTIAL screening.
Whilst there is general agreement on the needs for investment and jobs to come to the area, the current debate seems to hinge on the extent to which Hedon is prepared to lose its green space areas. So what are your views on this?