Register and Have Your Say to Save King Edward Memorial Park
How do I Register to Help Save King Edward Memorial Park?
First you need to become an interested party by registering with the Planning Inspectorate. It sounds daunting but we will guide you through.
There are a few important things you need to know, we have written these in red.
You can register on-line via:
Or you can call the PINs hotline: 0303 444 5000 between 8.30am and 4.30pm weekdays and ask for a form to register as an interested party for the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
Registration closes on Tuesday 28th May 2013 at 11:59pm
Be aware that PINs are required by law to make the information that you provide publicly available. They will only show your name and the text of your representation on their website but paper copies made available for inspection at public locations will contain your contact details.
Interest in land
This means a legal interest that you currently have in the land affected by the DCO, for example where you own, lease, rent, or occupy the land, or have some other legal right over or in relation to it, such as subsoil rights if the tunnel goes under or near your property.
You may not have a legal interest in land, but you can still register as an interested party without an interest in land. Just tick no to interest in land and keep going!
What can you put in your representation?
At this stage, all you need to provide is a summary of the points you wish to make about the application. You can give more information later as long as you tick the box:
do you wish to submit a written statement at a later stage.
Greater weight may be given to statements you make if you can provide reliable and up-to-date information or robust evidence to support them. If you are a local resident you may also have specific information about your area which could be of use to the Examining Authority.
You don’t have to be a technical expert in order to support your statements. Just explaining how a project may affect your day-to-day life may be as valuable to the examination as more technical evidence.
It is important to note that this is just a summary of what you agree or disagree with. You don’t provide evidence at this stage, and you don’t need to go into any detail.
It is more important to register with a few statements like:
I am a supporter of the Save KEMP Community Campaign. I don’t agree with Thames Water’s plans for King Edward Memorial Park as the impacts to the community are unreasonably excessive, especially considering there is a viable alternative. I believe that Thames Water should have chosen the alternative site at Heckford Street Industrial Estate as it has a lower impact on the community and I implore the Planning Inspectorate to review this brownfield site instead.
You could also write short statement on why the works in the park affects you personally, or your school or community group.
Don’t worry if you can’t think of all the reasons right now, you will have an opportunity to write a clever letter later, once you have had time to think about it.
It is more important to register, if you don’t register, you may not be allowed to have your say later.
Please note that your representation must not include material:
- that is vexatious or frivolous
- about compensation for compulsory acquisition of land or of any interest in or right over land
- about the merits of the Tunnel scheme vs. another scheme such as SUD’s .
The government has decided to build the Tunnel (as set out in the National Policy Statement for Wastewater)
It is up to you if you want to attend the preliminary meeting. We will be there to ensure the interests of King Edward park and it’s community are represented.
Once again it is up to you if you want to speak, you can change your mind later if you want.
SaveKEMP are looking for a number of local residents who will be deeply affected by the works in King Edward Memorial Park to speak about how the sewer works will affect their family. We will help you if you don’t feel confident at public speaking. Please use the “add your response” section below to contact us.
Remember registration closes on Tuesday 28th May 2013 at 11:59pm
There are a number of guides to the planning process in PDF format that can be found here.