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Report on the Village Association AGM 2014

on Tue, 2013-10-01 06:04

Our Annual General Meeting was held on October 15th celebrating 40 years of the Westcott Village Association. The Chairman welcomed James Sawyer the speaker for the evening, Hazel Watson, Surrey County Councillor for Surrey Hills and James Friend, Mole Valley District Councillor for the Westcott ward.  The Accounts were presented by David Webb and approved by the members. The election of officers and Committee then followed. John Clachan stood down and was thanked by the Chairman for all his work over many years.

Alex Segal, as Chairman reported that a big success had been the decision by the independent inspector of the Public Hearing to dismiss the appeal concerning the anaerobic digester on the village boundary.

In answer to a question concerning Green Belt policy, James Friend reported that Councillors were working together and had persuaded the Council to send back the Housing and Traveller’s site housing plan for reconsideration.

In a further question concerning flight paths, Al Barnett, Committee member and an expert in this field explained that the WVA were members of GACC who had submitted an excellent report to the CAA resulting in a new Consultation being prepared. The trials over Warnham had been terminated in August. Due to exceptional weather during the summer and wind direction, many more aircraft were taking off from Gatwick using the easterly runway and turning north affecting the Holmwoods, Capel and Forest Green but that Westcott was right on the boundary of these flight paths. Heathrow inbound planes were certainly overflying the village but at a considerable height.

Helping Animals in Disasters.

This was the title of a most interesting talk with slides by James Sawyer, Westcott resident and Director of Disaster Management, World Animal Protection.