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20200319a-EM-RICD-NPTC-enzo3 - Dai Richards to Nicola Lake trying to understand why they are unable to hold the application. Also enquiring about the planning notice in my garden which was placed there in a shoddy child like without my permission. 

Hi Nicola - thanks for the reply, the older generation tend not to use social media as much so that is going to prove to be a problem. 

Can you explain why you are unable to hold the application please? 

Are you legally bound to proceed with it? - 

Please can you advise how many letters have gone out in respect to this planning please so that I can identify who is likely to have been contacted? 

It would also like it to be noted that the sign for planning that was placed on the telegraph pole in my garden (no 66) facing Waun Gron became loose within 24 hours of it being placed there and for the most part has been flapping in the wind and unreadable to local residents. Photos of its current condition are attached. It was placed in in an unsealed A4 poly pocket allowing the elements to affect it almost immediately. This is an extremely amateur (even childlike) attempt at notifying the public of an impending large scale development on their doorstep that could have a massive impact on their health and property. 

Your department, it would seem are not doing the best job they could with notifying local residents of this planning application and considering your failure to consider the elderly who have paid rates to the the council for many years I would suggest that you look closely at your standards, they are far below what I would expect for the £2000 council tax I pay a year. I request that you place this information on the application as well please for future reference. 

To confirm my request for information is as follows.

Can you explain why you are unable to hold the application please? 

Are you legally bound to proceed with the application? 

Can you advise how many letters have gone out in respect to this planning please so that I can identify who is likely to have been contacted?

thanking you in advance. regards - Dai Richards

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20200329a-EM-RICD-NPTC-enzo4 - No reply 10 days so a follow up email.

Dear Ms Lake - I am forwarding this email to you which was initially sent on the 19th March. Ten days have passed since this date and I have not received a reply from you. 

Please can you reply to the questions that I asked in relation to the planning application on the Enzo development in Glynneath. You will find these questions in the original email below. (see above)

I have copied Councillor Simon Knoyle to this email and would ask that he (Councillor Knoyle) please establish the reason why you (Nicola Lake) have not replied and that he record the images showing the condition of the planning notice placed in my garden. I would also ask if Councillor Knoyle could please establish whether or not the council have acted illegally in placing this notice on private property. It should also be noted that WPD, the owners of the telegraph pole have been given notice to remove the pole from my property because they have not paid the wayleave due to us. 

My original email is below. - regards David Richards (66 Brynhyfryd, SA11 5BA)

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Hi Dai,
Thanks for copying me in. I am not sure if the Planning Department are working at this time, they may be furloughed?
Please give Nicola time to reply, it may very well be that she has no opportunity to reply if she is not in work or have access to her computer. 
With regards whether the Planning Department have acted legally or not, I cannot determine that, I think that you should contact the legal department of NPTCBC should you wish to take this further and voice your concerns about the system to them?
I know that doesnít really help but I cannot provide any further advice at this time.
All the best
Simon

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Hi Simon - cheers for the reply, can I just clarify one thing please when you say

"With regards whether the Planning Department have acted legally or not, I cannot determine that, I think that you should contact the legal department of NPTCBC should you wish to take this further and voice your concerns about the system to them?"

What you mean is that you want me to go and ask an organisation who has potentially acted illegally if they acted illegally?

So your position as a paid NPTCBC councillor on this matter is that you are avoiding making an action on my behalf with my request and you are passing it on to another department within the council.

Can you clarify your position on this please. - regards - Dai Richards

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Good morning David,
For clarity, my position is not to avoid making an action whatsoever. As you have stated, I am a paid Cllr here to act for and on behalf of the residents of the community I serve, however I donít have the knowledge or powers to determine whether the Planning Department have acted illegally or not. 
I will now seek legal advice myself on this matter and will come back to you ASAP. I would like to point out to you that I donít know how long it will take for me to come back to you, as you can imagine a lot of the Officers and myself are involved and dealing with the Covid19 situation.
Simon

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Further to my previous email and I quote from you previous email. The following statement would suggest that you are not willing to learn or attempt to learn what your role of a councillor entails.

"As you have stated, I am a paid Cllr here to act for and on behalf of the residents of the community I serve, however I donít have the knowledge or powers to determine whether the Planning Department have acted illegally or not"

I would suggest that statement is bollocks and you learn about council regulations including the planning department rules because that is why people voted you in, It's great that you have broken the Plaid Cymru and Labour stronghold of the council, but if you fill it with a bunch of useless independent twats who are not willing to work to protect the community and just organise a bunch of useless flowers to look at then we are to back to square one. - Dai

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Point taken Dai, thanks

20200401A-EM-NPTC-RICD-enzo8 - Email from Steve Ball to Dai Richards 

Dear Mr Richards,

Your emails below have been copied to me and I thought it best if I respond. I am sure you will appreciate that things are very challenging at present, and we are adapting to new ways of working during the Covid-19 pandemic. This also means that neither I nor my Officers are able to respond swiftly to all correspondence, or to engage in email exchanges on cases. 

From your email below I note your continued concern about the site notice displayed on the telegraph pole on your property. Clearly when displaying site notices the intention is to ensure that as many people as possible in the area would view such a Notice and this site along with the ten other locations chosen, were considered to be appropriate. I acknowledge, however, that you have since advised that the pole is in your property. I do not however consider this to be illegal as you suggest but if you think this is the case then you should take your own advice. In the current circumstances, however, and given the clear intent to publicise an application which you are interested in, then I would hope you would agree that displaying the Notice was in the public interest. 

In any respect, I apologise that this has caused you concern and, accordingly, given your objection to its display on the pole would confirm that I am happy for you to remove the notice with immediate effect. This would not affect the publicity for the application which, as Nicola has explained previously, far exceeds the statutory requirement.

Finally I note that you have submitted representations on behalf of yourself and other members of the community. These will of course be considered as part of our assessment and ultimate determination of the application in question.

Kind regards  -  Steve Ball

Development Manager - Planning / Rheolwr Datblygu - Cynllunio
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council/ Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Castell-nedd Port Talbot Tel/FfŰn: 01639 686727 

20200401a-EM-RICD-NPTC-enzo10 (18.42) Email from Dai Richards to Steve Ball

Dear Mr Ball - thank you for your consideration, I can see you taken the term 'illegal' literally, perhaps I should have used the word allow. I'll rephrase that question for you with that word so that it requires a yes or no answer. 

Are you allowed to put planning notices on private property without first requesting the permission of the owner of the property?.

regards - Dai Richards

 

20200402a-EM-NPTC-RICD-enzo12  - Email from Steve Ball, Planning Department to Dai Richards (copied to Nicola Lake, Simon Knoyle & Del Morgan)

Dear Mr Richards

I note that you have been sending in many emails recently on the above application, including requests for information. I responded to one myself yesterday about the site notice on a telegraph pole on your property, to which you have sent a further response and question.

I wish to make it clear that even in Ďnormalí times, my Officers are unable to enter into correspondence on representations on applications due to the volume of representations received (as stated in our notification letters).

For this reason, and due to the number of emails you are sending during a period when we are experiencing challenging circumstances, I must advise that we will no longer be able to respond to your requests for information or respond to your questions. Instead, as you have done, please submit representations expressing any issues or concerns with the development, and these will be considered as part of our assessment of the application in question.

Please note that details on the number of representations received (currently 20, many of which are your own) on any application can be found online at https://planningonline.npt.gov.uk/ by searching for the above reference number. 

I trust that you will be understanding of the above, and note that I am copying in both of your local Councillors so that they are aware of my stance on this matter, and so they understand that we must concentrate our resources during this challenging period on all applications and other matters before the Authority. 

Kind regards  -  Steve Ball

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