Meeting to discuss development in Borehamwood collapses into chaos

Borehamwood Times: Meeting to discuss development collapses into chaos Meeting to discuss development collapses into chaos

A meeting called by UKIP to discuss the “marauding band of development predators” invading Borehamwood descended into chaos.

Around 25 people - but less than a dozen members of the public - attended last night's meeting at the Three Ways Community Centre in Arundel Drive in Borehamwood.

Called by chairman of Hertsmere UKIP Frank Ward, the meeting was meant to be a forum for ordinary people to voice their concerns about overdevelopment in the town and establish an action group.

But most of the people present were town, borough and county councillors curious to hear Mr Ward’s political message.

Mr Ward blamed the lack of attendance on the windy, rainy weather and on apathy in Borehamwood.

He said: “I offer my condemnation of their lack of interest in their own town.”

Councillor Morris Bright made the point that 140 people had attended the Elstree Way Corridor meetings in December, suggesting people did care about Borehamwood.

He added people may have been put off by the meeting's UKIP connection and did not know what it was for.

The members of public who did turn up asked why the 12-storey Isopad House had been allowed to happen without their knowledge and expressed their worry similar developments would happen.

One resident, Michael Staples said: “Could someone explain to me why they are allowing high rise flats in Borehamwood. I live right next to it, why did no one give us a chance to fight this thing?”

Another, Jon Gallions, also raised concerns about the council’s power if the law meant it had to approve a development as long as it fitted in with their policies.

Ria Coleman said she had never heard of any of the meetings being arranged and blamed the council for poor communication.

Mr Ward talked about residents’ fear of “land grabbing developers” who they believe threaten to turn their entire town, including the Threeways Community Centre and Director’s Arms into flats.

He said: “This will mean complete isolation for elderly people. There is an absence of information and the gap will be filled with malicious rumours about the council and their collusion with developers.”

He added members of the public were suspicious of politicians and their relations with developers.

Councillors including Harvey Cohen and Alan Plancey made the point there had been public meetings to discuss Isopad House and the council had taken measures to ensure as many residents as possible knew about developments.

Cllr Plancey said: “The council has made it clear consultation will be much wider in the future. No one is happy about the 12-storey building. Planning should be apolitical; we need to work together on this.”

The meeting broke up without anything being decided, although Cllr Clive Butchins suggested setting up a planning forum, like the transport forum, which would be held a couple of times a year to allow the public to voice their concerns.

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10:27am Fri 31 Jan 14

david Burcombe says...

It is true apathy reigns. Let others worry for them whilst they sit back. Only when they cant get out of their homes in their car cos the raods are gridlocked will they complain. That is too late make your concerns known now before it is too late
It is true apathy reigns. Let others worry for them whilst they sit back. Only when they cant get out of their homes in their car cos the raods are gridlocked will they complain. That is too late make your concerns known now before it is too late david Burcombe
  • Score: 5

2:49pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Frank Ward says...

Frank Ward
Frank Ward Frank Ward
  • Score: -4

4:08pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Frank Ward says...

The description that the public meeting held in the Three Ways Community Centre on the evening of Thursday 30th January collapsed into chaos is misleading and within context is inaccurate.
The purpose of the meeting was to examine in a public forum the need for an action group to contest and oppose the over development of Boreham Wood by property speculators.
The wind and rain swept location of the Centre at the top of Manor Way and the junction of Arundel Drive and twenty five minute walk from the middle of Boreham Wood was hardly the ideal choice for a public meeting but unlike the Council using your money and mine to hire a more suitable venue this was funded by a private source.
The turn out by members of public was extremely disappointing and must not be compared to the attendance of people at the Elstree Way Corridor meeting held in the center of the Town .
However, the importance of this meeting, initiated by another political party not elected at the moment to represent the people, to discuss some of the negative conduct of the Council was endorse by the unsolicited attendance of the Leader of the Council, Councillor M Bright, six other Borough Councillors and 3 Town Councillors all of whom were evidently concerned about their track record in failing to protect the best interests of the people of the Town being debated and exposed in their absence?
This group of Councillors were unable to explain or justify their failure in representing the people of the community by opposing the central Government over the imposition of a twelve storey block of flats that is totally incompatible with the street scene anywhere in Boreham Wood.
Members of the public following the previous meeting of EBRA had complained to UKIP that the agenda that evening had failed to address their concerns about the removal of existing social and recreational venues to create brownfield sites for acquisition by speculators for profit orientated development at the expense of their quality of life within their respective communities.
The non-attendance by members of the community of Boreham Wood clearly indicated that at this point in time public dissent required to be conducted through the existing group of EBRA which the writer stressed required to broaden its agenda.
Frank Ward
Chairman
Hertsmere UKIP
The description that the public meeting held in the Three Ways Community Centre on the evening of Thursday 30th January collapsed into chaos is misleading and within context is inaccurate. The purpose of the meeting was to examine in a public forum the need for an action group to contest and oppose the over development of Boreham Wood by property speculators. The wind and rain swept location of the Centre at the top of Manor Way and the junction of Arundel Drive and twenty five minute walk from the middle of Boreham Wood was hardly the ideal choice for a public meeting but unlike the Council using your money and mine to hire a more suitable venue this was funded by a private source. The turn out by members of public was extremely disappointing and must not be compared to the attendance of people at the Elstree Way Corridor meeting held in the center of the Town . However, the importance of this meeting, initiated by another political party not elected at the moment to represent the people, to discuss some of the negative conduct of the Council was endorse by the unsolicited attendance of the Leader of the Council, Councillor M Bright, six other Borough Councillors and 3 Town Councillors all of whom were evidently concerned about their track record in failing to protect the best interests of the people of the Town being debated and exposed in their absence? This group of Councillors were unable to explain or justify their failure in representing the people of the community by opposing the central Government over the imposition of a twelve storey block of flats that is totally incompatible with the street scene anywhere in Boreham Wood. Members of the public following the previous meeting of EBRA had complained to UKIP that the agenda that evening had failed to address their concerns about the removal of existing social and recreational venues to create brownfield sites for acquisition by speculators for profit orientated development at the expense of their quality of life within their respective communities. The non-attendance by members of the community of Boreham Wood clearly indicated that at this point in time public dissent required to be conducted through the existing group of EBRA which the writer stressed required to broaden its agenda. Frank Ward Chairman Hertsmere UKIP Frank Ward
  • Score: -3

5:41pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Andrew_L says...

I as Chair of EBRA would like to state that EBRA is apolitical and DO NOT associate themselves with UKIP or any other political party.
I as Chair of EBRA would like to state that EBRA is apolitical and DO NOT associate themselves with UKIP or any other political party. Andrew_L
  • Score: 7

10:28pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Believe in better says...

If Frank Ward spent less time vilifying his opponents and more time telling us about what he is going to do for the residents of Borehamwood, perhaps more people would be interested in listening to what he has to say. People really aren't interested in listening to the incessant whining of "They're a load of rubbish".
If Frank Ward spent less time vilifying his opponents and more time telling us about what he is going to do for the residents of Borehamwood, perhaps more people would be interested in listening to what he has to say. People really aren't interested in listening to the incessant whining of "They're a load of rubbish". Believe in better
  • Score: 12

2:54am Sat 1 Feb 14

John_W says...

I don't recall Mr Ward speaking out when it was his boss Tony Blair wanting to build 3,000+ houses in Borehamwood/Hertsmer
e.

But I will happily stand corrected if he can post links to the relevant articles in the BW times.
I don't recall Mr Ward speaking out when it was his boss Tony Blair wanting to build 3,000+ houses in Borehamwood/Hertsmer e. But I will happily stand corrected if he can post links to the relevant articles in the BW times. John_W
  • Score: 8

11:28am Sun 2 Feb 14

Frank Ward says...

I would concur with the comments of Andrew Lewis that Elstree and Boreham Wood Residents Association (EBRA) is apolitical.
I would have been nominated as the Secretary which on the evening of that meeting remained unfilled had I any covert ambitions of attempting to influence this group.
However, I chose to be nominated and elected as a member of the committee.
The reason for my involvement is completely unrelated to my activities as a member of UKIP which I joined in late October 2013.
I have spent thirty five years in political activity within the community of Boreham Wood as a former Labour Party member and an elected member of Hertsmere Borough Council.
I understand and have used my knowledge of the legislation which governs the conduct of both Hertsmere Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council to oppose injustice within the community by winning two womens rights cases in the High Court to removing Asbestos from social housing in the Magistrates Court.
Therefore, my only reason for joining EBRA is to assist in the endeavours of this group to produce the results that meet the expectations of the people within Elstree and Boreham Wood who evidently have lost confidence in both Councils and feel there is a need for more positive direct representation at community level.
I would concur with the comments of Andrew Lewis that Elstree and Boreham Wood Residents Association (EBRA) is apolitical. I would have been nominated as the Secretary which on the evening of that meeting remained unfilled had I any covert ambitions of attempting to influence this group. However, I chose to be nominated and elected as a member of the committee. The reason for my involvement is completely unrelated to my activities as a member of UKIP which I joined in late October 2013. I have spent thirty five years in political activity within the community of Boreham Wood as a former Labour Party member and an elected member of Hertsmere Borough Council. I understand and have used my knowledge of the legislation which governs the conduct of both Hertsmere Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council to oppose injustice within the community by winning two womens rights cases in the High Court to removing Asbestos from social housing in the Magistrates Court. Therefore, my only reason for joining EBRA is to assist in the endeavours of this group to produce the results that meet the expectations of the people within Elstree and Boreham Wood who evidently have lost confidence in both Councils and feel there is a need for more positive direct representation at community level. Frank Ward
  • Score: -10

11:45am Sun 2 Feb 14

John_W says...

...and your opposition to the Blair/Prescot housing plan?
...and your opposition to the Blair/Prescot housing plan? John_W
  • Score: 4

12:15pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Frank Ward says...

When you consider that most or nearly all of the comments from on-line keyboard critics, evidently exclude me from their Christmas card list it would hardly exceed the bounds of fantasy to conclude that sulking in dark corners and drawing comfort of sniping from the privileged status of anonymity, are a band of disgruntled Conservative and Labour Councillors who simply fear exposure?
How are we to be able to determine and distinguish the origin and logic of the comments, from the rants of the keyboard critics when they lack the conviction of their own assertions and are ashamed to be identified?

Frank Ward
Chairman
Hertsmere UKIP
When you consider that most or nearly all of the comments from on-line keyboard critics, evidently exclude me from their Christmas card list it would hardly exceed the bounds of fantasy to conclude that sulking in dark corners and drawing comfort of sniping from the privileged status of anonymity, are a band of disgruntled Conservative and Labour Councillors who simply fear exposure? How are we to be able to determine and distinguish the origin and logic of the comments, from the rants of the keyboard critics when they lack the conviction of their own assertions and are ashamed to be identified? Frank Ward Chairman Hertsmere UKIP Frank Ward
  • Score: -9

12:39pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Frank Ward says...

Believe in Better for the benefit of himself and other on-line subscribers would be wise to consult a dictionary and avoid using words out of context.
I have never vilified others in my on-line comments which following your consultation with the definition and use of this word you may then understand why I am privileged to be identified by name with my comments, while you find it necessary to conceal your identity by indulging in the use of a pseudonym or nom de plume--take your pick?
Frank Ward
Chairman
Hertsmere UKIP
Believe in Better for the benefit of himself and other on-line subscribers would be wise to consult a dictionary and avoid using words out of context. I have never vilified others in my on-line comments which following your consultation with the definition and use of this word you may then understand why I am privileged to be identified by name with my comments, while you find it necessary to conceal your identity by indulging in the use of a pseudonym or nom de plume--take your pick? Frank Ward Chairman Hertsmere UKIP Frank Ward
  • Score: -8

2:40pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Frank Ward says...

It may come as a surprise to John W, but I was never invited to the inner sanctum of the Labour Party Cabinet meetings chaired by Tony Blaire.
Therefore, if my interpretation of his comment is accurate, although I was the former Chairman of Housing on Hertsmere Borough Council, evidently the Labour Party were unable to trust me with this classified information.
Tony and his cronies would appear to have suspected I may have put the interests of the people of Boreham Wood before the imposition of such a sinister illogical plan, if this actually existed?
The mind boggles when you consider where 3000+ houses would have been located?
Meanwhile, back in Boreham Wood the Conservative controlled Hertsmere Borough Council with the passive collusion of the Labour Councillors failed to officially oppose the Conservative Government's imposition of the twelve storey monstrosity of Isopad House which will dominate the street scene of the center of our Town.
This development will result in gridlock conditions for road users for months while specified highway improvements are constructed and later when built will impose demands on the infrastructure and again the people of Boreham Wood who need homes will be unable purchase these expensive pads.
The failure by our elected representatives to register strident opposition against over-development may now result in future Conservative Government edicts and development impositions which will add more misery for the people of Boreham Wood while Elstree, Radlett, Potters Bar and Bushey remain relatively untouched
Frank Ward
Chairman
Hertsmere UKIP
It may come as a surprise to John W, but I was never invited to the inner sanctum of the Labour Party Cabinet meetings chaired by Tony Blaire. Therefore, if my interpretation of his comment is accurate, although I was the former Chairman of Housing on Hertsmere Borough Council, evidently the Labour Party were unable to trust me with this classified information. Tony and his cronies would appear to have suspected I may have put the interests of the people of Boreham Wood before the imposition of such a sinister illogical plan, if this actually existed? The mind boggles when you consider where 3000+ houses would have been located? Meanwhile, back in Boreham Wood the Conservative controlled Hertsmere Borough Council with the passive collusion of the Labour Councillors failed to officially oppose the Conservative Government's imposition of the twelve storey monstrosity of Isopad House which will dominate the street scene of the center of our Town. This development will result in gridlock conditions for road users for months while specified highway improvements are constructed and later when built will impose demands on the infrastructure and again the people of Boreham Wood who need homes will be unable purchase these expensive pads. The failure by our elected representatives to register strident opposition against over-development may now result in future Conservative Government edicts and development impositions which will add more misery for the people of Boreham Wood while Elstree, Radlett, Potters Bar and Bushey remain relatively untouched Frank Ward Chairman Hertsmere UKIP Frank Ward
  • Score: -5

4:40pm Sun 2 Feb 14

John_W says...

http://www.borehamwo
odtimes.co.uk/archiv
e/1998/02/28/6515806
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new_threat_to_Green_
Belt/
http://www.borehamwo odtimes.co.uk/archiv e/1998/02/28/6515806 .Guidelines_raise_a_ new_threat_to_Green_ Belt/ John_W
  • Score: 4

4:42pm Sun 2 Feb 14

John_W says...

http://www.borehamwo
odtimes.co.uk/archiv
e/1998/01/24/6518138
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elt_er_/
http://www.borehamwo odtimes.co.uk/archiv e/1998/01/24/6518138 .Campaigners_win_a_b elt_er_/ John_W
  • Score: 3

4:45pm Sun 2 Feb 14

John_W says...

Sorry for multiple posting, trying to do this from a phone and having trouble:
This one mentions the Labour Group deciding NOT to build in Radlett...
http://www.borehamwo
odtimes.co.uk/archiv
e/1998/03/14/6514157
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und_saved_from_threa
t_of_developers_and_
bulldozers/
Sorry for multiple posting, trying to do this from a phone and having trouble: This one mentions the Labour Group deciding NOT to build in Radlett... http://www.borehamwo odtimes.co.uk/archiv e/1998/03/14/6514157 .Old_Habs_sports_gro und_saved_from_threa t_of_developers_and_ bulldozers/ John_W
  • Score: 3

7:46pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Believe in better says...

Frank Ward wrote:
When you consider that most or nearly all of the comments from on-line keyboard critics, evidently exclude me from their Christmas card list it would hardly exceed the bounds of fantasy to conclude that sulking in dark corners and drawing comfort of sniping from the privileged status of anonymity, are a band of disgruntled Conservative and Labour Councillors who simply fear exposure?
How are we to be able to determine and distinguish the origin and logic of the comments, from the rants of the keyboard critics when they lack the conviction of their own assertions and are ashamed to be identified?

Frank Ward
Chairman
Hertsmere UKIP
As I said earlier Vilifying, nothing wrong with my use of this word....... Your aggressive demeanor and the way you feel the need to attack the key board critics only goes to demonstrate what kind of a leader you will make. These keyboard critics are people who might have considered voting for you had you used more positive language in the way you address the issues raised.
[quote][p][bold]Frank Ward[/bold] wrote: When you consider that most or nearly all of the comments from on-line keyboard critics, evidently exclude me from their Christmas card list it would hardly exceed the bounds of fantasy to conclude that sulking in dark corners and drawing comfort of sniping from the privileged status of anonymity, are a band of disgruntled Conservative and Labour Councillors who simply fear exposure? How are we to be able to determine and distinguish the origin and logic of the comments, from the rants of the keyboard critics when they lack the conviction of their own assertions and are ashamed to be identified? Frank Ward Chairman Hertsmere UKIP[/p][/quote]As I said earlier Vilifying, nothing wrong with my use of this word....... Your aggressive demeanor and the way you feel the need to attack the key board critics only goes to demonstrate what kind of a leader you will make. These keyboard critics are people who might have considered voting for you had you used more positive language in the way you address the issues raised. Believe in better
  • Score: 6

8:02am Wed 5 Feb 14

John_W says...

Development is not the only issue in Borehamwood either.

I would like to know the UKIP possition regarding the 24/7 traffic lights at Stirling Corner, or are they a one policy party in Borehamwood?
Development is not the only issue in Borehamwood either. I would like to know the UKIP possition regarding the 24/7 traffic lights at Stirling Corner, or are they a one policy party in Borehamwood? John_W
  • Score: 4

3:16pm Thu 6 Feb 14

mr.taxpayer says...

What about someone taking Affinity Sutton to task on their lack of investment and decent repairs on their housing stock?

The rents have all rocketed in recent years, but no improvement in service.

Some sort of government watchdog is needed to look into these shoddy housing associations.
What about someone taking Affinity Sutton to task on their lack of investment and decent repairs on their housing stock? The rents have all rocketed in recent years, but no improvement in service. Some sort of government watchdog is needed to look into these shoddy housing associations. mr.taxpayer
  • Score: 2

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