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£2.5 Million Pound Conflict Of Interests At National Park

More interesting reading from the latest Issue of Private Eye under Rotten Boroughs:

“MOOR THE MERRIER – Tricky conflict of interest situations for the planning committee of North York Moors national park authority as it considers plans for the world’s biggest potash mine.

Mining company Sirius Minerals say locals will be happy to have the UK’s largest mine on their doorstep. Some certainly will. More than £ 1bn will be shared among some 300 landowners for the rights to extract minerals for fertiliser. Before the bonanza, however, plans must get through the North York Moors planning committee.

Chairman Tim Lawn and member Helen Swiers, both councillors, could each eventually earn £ 2.5m , if the plans are passed. Lawn owns farms and land around the village of Sneaton near the mine entrance. He tells the Eye “I am aware of the duty of the park authority to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by members and I do all I can to ensure high standards are maintained … I do not take part in any matters associated with the potash application … I have declared my interests.”

Indeed. According to minutes, Cllrs Swiers and Lawn have left planning committee meetings when the mine has been discussed. A single park office door provides a forbidding Chinese wall for Cllr Lawn, who stands to make millions if his fellow members pass the plans. What are the odds? Since 1997 he has had 11 planning applications approved and only one refused by the planning committee he currently chairs.”

PRIVATE EYE, FEB 2013

By |2013-04-03T16:32:44+00:00March 4th, 2013|Categories: Featured, Letters|Tags: , , , , , , |17 Comments

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17 Comments

  1. Vanda Inman March 5, 2013 at 10:48 am - Reply

    The Public Meeting at Ravenscar organisised by NYMNP on 13th March is now fully ‘booked’. With only 100 places available at Ravenscar I asked about holding a Public Meeting at a venue in Scarborough or Whitby I was told they did not think it necessary and the current Public Meetings were sufficient.

    However there are still a few places left for another Public Meeting to be held at the Planning Head Office in Helmsley on 19th March – only 60 capacity allowed so be quick:

    tel Mrs Farnell 01439 772700 or email f.farnell@northyorkmoors.org.uk

    • Hugo March 6, 2013 at 1:11 am - Reply

      As a writer you should be aware the word booked does not require inverted commas. Nor does public consultation.

      Unless you are trying to imply that the NYMPA are lying and there are really loads of places?

  2. Don't Shaft It March 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    If you can’t get to the Public Meeting, you can express opposition here:
    http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/don-t-shaft-the-north-york-moors

  3. Chris the Milkman March 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    If you can’t make the public meeting you can express your support here:

    http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/support-the-york-potash-project

    Please like the Facebook page too for quick access to the latest news stories and letters:

    https://www.facebook.com/supportyorkpotashproject

  4. Richard Ineson March 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    The usual, entirely predictable, window dressing ‘public consultation’ that we have come to expect in this area of the country. Remote venues, venues which are too small, venues which are inaccessible by public transport, all the very same tactics which the British Government used to manipulate the democratic process, for their own ends, in America in the 18th Century and which were cause of the American War of Independence, still being perpetrated today, in North Yorkshire. I suppose that we might even see the establishment of at least one of those STAKEHOLDER STEERING GROUPS, so beloved of the authorities in North Yorkshire, and which these authorities imagine, gives some respectability to what is in reality, a disgraceful perversion of democracy. Secret groups,whose memberships are composed of people representing vested interests, who are unelected, unrepresentative, unmandated, anonymous,and unaccountable, whose meetings are not minuted, are held in secret,and which members of the public are not allowed to attend. This is the beginning.

    • demon March 7, 2013 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      Bravo!
      Just back from Russia.

  5. Chris March 6, 2013 at 5:42 am - Reply

    Secret groups….whose meetings are not minuted, are held in secret,and which members of the public are not allowed to attend.

    ——–

    Secret groups holding secret meetings, eh? Who’d have thought it?

    Genius.

    Do you actually have one shred of evidence to suggest any Councillors have acted inappropriately with regards to the proposed mine?

  6. Nigel Ward March 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    “I am aware of the duty of the park authority to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by members and I do all I can to ensure high standards are maintained . . .”

    Is that the fact, Councillor? Watch this (void) space . . .

  7. J Smith March 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    It seems to me that there are a few regular writers involved in the publication of Real Whitby who are conspiracy theorists? It’s a shame some of you seem to regularly intimate that something is underhand or corrupt usually without a shred of evidence to back up your posts, and when you are challenged or proven wrong don’t have the decency to retract or apologise. To this end you only cheapen and degrade The Real Whitby.

  8. Nigel Ward March 8, 2013 at 6:12 pm - Reply
  9. admin March 8, 2013 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    @Jsmith, Had your comment been on an article written by one of the people you mention (mainly Nigel Ward and Vanda have an interest in Potash stories) then I could have understood your comments, However this story is nothing to do with any writer at Real whitby. The story belongs to the national politics publication – Private Eye run by Ian Hislop. I would say that given this is published in a national politics magazine the story will be 100% genuine or someone like York Potash would sue the arse off them.

  10. J Smith March 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    admin, Just to clarify my point was a general observation on Nigel and Vanda’s posts and not Private Eye.Having just looked at Nigels follow up to my comment I stick by my view, so I won’t be reading any more of the Tripe they produce.

    Over and out.

  11. admin March 8, 2013 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Ah ok, sorry I thought you meant specifically this article. I fully respect your choice not to read any more. I dont read websites I dont like, its sort of logical really, and this is usually the advice I give to people who complain about what they read, just find another site this one aint for you. It’s sort of like points of view on TV, all those people moaning about what they see on tv yet they still watch it. I just sit there thinking, if you dont like it, why not turn it off ?

  12. Frank Chalmers March 10, 2013 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    “Neatly”, “stitched”, and “up” spring to mind.

    As does the phrase “corrupt as hell”.

  13. AnarchyUK March 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/business/conflict-of-interest-claim-over-potash-man-appointment-1-3776762

    If I was on the BoD I’d be wondering why we spent all that money on submitting such a comprehensive planning application.

    Apparently they think this whole planning process is a bit of a giggle down at Town Hall.

    And the joke is at whose expense? I’d be hopping mad if on that BoD.

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