The Save Wellington Group are furious about two separate council decisions made recently. Members attended a meeting of the Wellington Town Council to support their application for a grant of £150 to pay for a leaflet which would be distributed throughout the town to alert residents to the problems which will affect them if another 650 homes are built at Jurston Farm. It was refused.
“The Conservative councillors took great delight in informing the Mayor that they had contacted the legal officers at Taunton Deane Council and found that giving grant funding to campaigners is not allowed,” commented SWG spokesman Brian Wombwell Mayor, Cllr. Dave Mitten confirmed that the Town Council is in overall favour of the Jurston Farm development but “would like to see certain conditions addressed.”
A deputation from the Save Wellington Group attended a meeting of the Taunton Deane council’s Scrutiny Committee the following day and received another setback. “Each member of SWG was allowed to address the committee for three minutes on different issues of concern to the group,” said Mr Wombwell.
“When finished they then sat open mouthed with disgust at comments made during the debate by the Planning Officer, the Developers representative and the councillors.
“In response to our carefully prepared statements the Planning Officer and the Developers representative countered by hiding behind the Core Strategy and making some confusing and inaccurate statements. The councillors, none of whom live in Wellington appeared bored, as they knew which way they were going to vote before the debate started.”
The Save Wellington Group believe that the planned 650 homes at Jurston Farm would be a disaster for the town, coming on top of the current expansion at Cades Farm and Longforth Farm.
The final decision will be made by the TDBC Planning Committee later in the year, after various consultations. The Save Wellington Group have vowed to fight the plans every step of the way.