HOLDING RBWM TO ACCOUNT
RBWM Residents Action Group (“RBWM RAG”) is an association set up by a number of organisations and local residents concerned about the impact the proposed Borough Local Plan will have on our area.
Organisations which support RBWM Residents Action Group are (in alphabetical order):
We stress that this association is non-political and that the sole aim of RBWM Residents Action Group is to reflect and support the aims and aspirations of the local communities across the Borough that will be impacted by this Local Plan.
Our website was launched on 12th June 2017 initially with the aim of getting as many local residents to sign the petition to postpone publication of the Local Plan so that more consultation and engagement could take place. In the 6 days leading up to the Councillors’ vote at the EGM, a total of 1,703 people had signed the petition, sadly to no avail. RBWM Councillors (or most of them) weren’t listening.
This website now provides a platform for information on the Borough Local Plan.
Formation of RRAG
In May 2017, many Neighbourhood Plan Groups, Parish Councils and resident associations sent a letter to both the RBWM Council Leader, Cllr Dudley and the Managing Director, Alison Alexander expressing their serious concerns on the lack of consultation and engagement between the Council and the Parish Councils, individual residents, Neighbourhood Plan & Resident Groups, also highlighting the lack of transparency by the council during the drafting of the BLP which together with the lack of sharing of information means that it does not reflect the vision and aspirations of local communities.
This resulted in a meeting with both Cllr Dudley and Alison Alexander on 16th June at which we asked the Council to delay proceeding with the BLP to allow proper consultation to take place – but their reply was a firm “no”. This was despite a proposal from the Department for Communities and Local Government to pay for professional mediation between Neighbourhood Plan Groups and the Borough to help resolve differences. This mediation offer was rejected by Cllr Dudley.
On Monday 19 June 2017, at an Extraordinary Meeting of full Council, and in front of around 300 residents (who weren’t allowed to speak or ask questions), RBWM Councillors considered the motion of whether to proceed with this current flawed Borough Local Plan. After more than 2 hours, a vote was taken and 33 Councillors voted to proceed with the Plan and 10 voted against. So, the motion was carried. This was;
The association is managed by a Steering Group which consists of representatives from NP Groups, Parish Councils, Resident groups and individual residents. Namely: Jane Dawson, Ken Elvin, Patrick Griffin, Martin Hall, Naheed Majeed, George Midgley, Margaret Morgan and Diana Tombs.
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