Surely there are other more important issues?

Angharad Holloway has been told she needs planning permission for a Wendy house. She is pictured with her daughters Eleanor and Anwen

Angharad Holloway has been told she needs planning permission for a Wendy house. She is pictured with her daughters Eleanor and Anwen

First published in Letters

I am writing concerning the decision by the city council to possibly use enforcement action over a Wendy house in a front garden erected without planning permission. Really, have councillors got nothing better to do?

Don’t they understand that the Wendy house will be outgrown very soon as the children will be too big to use it.

So by the time a planning application has been submitted and attended to, the Wendy house will no longer be needed. The whole situation of the city council proves how out of touch they are with the city residents. It stinks of someone on the council just wanting to wave a big stick with the words ‘You do as you’re told’.

Officialdom belongs in the chambers, not in the news.

ADRIAN TAYLOR

Duncan Close

Eynsham

Today’s letters

Campaign is in danger of losing its credibility

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

If the University of Oxford were to bombard me with as many leaflets as the “Save Port Meadow Campaign” has, there would be an outcry in your columns.

Noise pollution has had a much bigger impact

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11:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

If the “Save Port Meadow” campaigners are really concerned about environmental impact, then they should now campaign vigorously to divert the A34. The continuous noise pollution from this road has a far bigger impact on the environment of the meadow,than the occasional view of the Castle Mill flats.

Councillors should hang their heads in shame

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

“We are all in this together” is David Cameron’s clarion call. All except it appears our county councillors. Those who voted for the draconian cuts to save money and then voted to put up their own expenses should hang their greedy heads in shame.

Holiday home reasoning left me flabbergasted

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

Oxford Land Investments should get a prize for their reason for proposing holiday houses on the Green Belt south of Cothill Pit nature reserve. They say they want to give people “not lucky enough to live in Oxford’s Green Belt a chance to visit it”. But why only 14 houses? Such a beautiful wildlife haven should have hundreds of houses. Otherwise people can only experience it by walking through it.

No opportunity to ask any other questions

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 18th December 2014

On December 10 I and two other Botley residents drove to Wantage to attend the Vale’s full council meeting, expecting to hear what was on the agenda: 15 questions asked by various councillors, three of which related to Botley and the planning committee’s refusal of Doric’s plans for West Way.


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11:18am Tue 3 Jun 14

maddam says...

These geriatrics councillors are out of the minds. They should retire and let young people with common sense run the Council!
These geriatrics councillors are out of the minds. They should retire and let young people with common sense run the Council! maddam
  • Score: 10

2:26pm Tue 3 Jun 14

xenarthra says...

maddam wrote:
These geriatrics councillors are out of the minds. They should retire and let young people with common sense run the Council!
The law is quite clear: you can't build a shed or Wendy house in your front garden without permission. The fact that it's a "Wendy house" may help in spinning this as an emotive tale of innocent children and wicked councillors out to spoil their fun, but just look at the picture: it's a shed. The council has to apply the law fairly and uniformly. Whether councillors are geriatric or young is irrelevant. If you have an issue with our national planning laws, you should write to your M.P., because it's parliament that makes the laws, not the local council.
[quote][p][bold]maddam[/bold] wrote: These geriatrics councillors are out of the minds. They should retire and let young people with common sense run the Council![/p][/quote]The law is quite clear: you can't build a shed or Wendy house in your front garden without permission. The fact that it's a "Wendy house" may help in spinning this as an emotive tale of innocent children and wicked councillors out to spoil their fun, but just look at the picture: it's a shed. The council has to apply the law fairly and uniformly. Whether councillors are geriatric or young is irrelevant. If you have an issue with our national planning laws, you should write to your M.P., because it's parliament that makes the laws, not the local council. xenarthra
  • Score: 5

4:32pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Redesignate it as a bin-store.

(Or put it on wheels).
Redesignate it as a bin-store. (Or put it on wheels). Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 0

5:38pm Tue 3 Jun 14

xenarthra says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Redesignate it as a bin-store.

(Or put it on wheels).
I believe that a bin store at the front of a house would technically still need planning permission. The wheels idea is good though. In fact, the owner should argue that a Wendy house is a "temporary structure" and therefore does not need planning permission.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: Redesignate it as a bin-store. (Or put it on wheels).[/p][/quote]I believe that a bin store at the front of a house would technically still need planning permission. The wheels idea is good though. In fact, the owner should argue that a Wendy house is a "temporary structure" and therefore does not need planning permission. xenarthra
  • Score: 2

5:52pm Tue 3 Jun 14

mytaxes says...

xenarthra wrote:
Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Redesignate it as a bin-store.

(Or put it on wheels).
I believe that a bin store at the front of a house would technically still need planning permission. The wheels idea is good though. In fact, the owner should argue that a Wendy house is a "temporary structure" and therefore does not need planning permission.
You are probably right the council would rather see wheelie bins cluttering up gardens rather than a bin store.
[quote][p][bold]xenarthra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: Redesignate it as a bin-store. (Or put it on wheels).[/p][/quote]I believe that a bin store at the front of a house would technically still need planning permission. The wheels idea is good though. In fact, the owner should argue that a Wendy house is a "temporary structure" and therefore does not need planning permission.[/p][/quote]You are probably right the council would rather see wheelie bins cluttering up gardens rather than a bin store. mytaxes
  • Score: 1

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