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Maybe Weldon will apologise to me now

Vale View SchoolPosted by Sheila Oliver Mon, September 21, 2015 19:00:49

Dear Mrs Oliver,

I note yet again you have not answered any of my questions.

Regards,

Mark Weldon

-----Original Message-----

From: "sheilaoliver" <sheilaoliver@ntlworld.com>

To: "Cllr Mark Weldon" <cllr.mark.weldon@stockport.gov.uk>

Sent: 13/09/07 07:00

Subject: Re: Harcourt Street, Stockport proposed school - dangerous site

Dear Councillor Weldon

I will go through it again.

Mr. Dunn attended a public meeting. The gentlemen from Viridor and GMWDA raised the issue of Adswood Tip. We the public were asked whether we had any questions. I did, but not relevant to SHAC, so I asked them outside the meeting. I as a taxpayer pay Mr. Dunn's wages, so I presume I am entitled to ask him questions.

I did not identify the site, as I did not think Mr. Dunn would know it. I merely stated it was a former Jackson's Brickworks clay pit infilled with rubbish - a sister site to Adswood Tip. Mr. Dunn stated that very careful site investigations would need to be carried out (the gentleman from Viridor confirmed this). This would actually be obvious to anyone with the exception of Stockport Council. This is a school for goodness sake! Mr. Dunn then gave me his card.

I merely stated to the Secretary of State that Mr. Dunn had stated very careful investigations would need to be carried out. I also mentioned that I didn't think that GMGU was qualified to carry this work out. I cc Mr. Dunn so if he disagreed with what I was saying he had the opportunity to refute it.

What this exchange of emails is showing is that you really have no interest in the danger posed to local children from the inadequate site investigations (not what was promised by the Executive) and the recent dangers highlighted at a similar site.

Sheila X

----- Original Message -----

From: Cllr Mark Weldon <mailto:cllr.mark.weldon@stockport.gov.uk>

To: sheilaoliver <mailto:sheilaoliver@ntlworld.com>

Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 9:57 PM

Subject: RE: Harcourt Street, Stockport proposed school - dangerous site

Dear Mrs Oliver,

I note that you have not answered any of the questions as to your use of Mr Dunn's position as Executive Director GMWDA. I await your considered reply.

Kind Regards,

Mark Weldon



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This email got Ex councillor Weldons knickers in a twist

Vale View SchoolPosted by Sheila Oliver Mon, September 21, 2015 18:53:29

From: sheilaoliver

To: Cllr Kevin Hogg ; Oldfield, Simon ; Peter Devine ; Steve Lamb ; John Schultz ; gwynnea@parliament.uk ; blearsh@parliament.uk

Cc: paul.dunn@gmwda.gov.uk

Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 8:00 PM

Subject: Harcourt Street, Stockport proposed school - dangerous site

Dear Secretary of State

The above matter is with you for a call-in decision. The proposed site is a former Jackson's Brickyard claypit site which was infilled at a time when no records regarding what was disposed there were kept.

I fortuitously met Mr. Paul Dunn, Executive Director, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Agency this evening. He told me that for the site to be used for the proposed school very careful site investigations would need to be carried out. Even the promised site-wide boreholing has not been carried out, and Mr. Dunn felt that specialist contractors would need to carry out a detailed investigation of this site. I don't believe Greater Manchester Geological Unit has such expertise.

Given that a similar site had to be shut this week on safety grounds on account of Methane, I feel it is quite frightening that Stockport Council intends to build a school on this land without ensuring the safety of the project. The Planning and Highways Committee totally ignored genuine concerns about safety which had been raised by the area committee.

I do hope you will give due consideration to these important issues.

Kind regards

Sheila Oliver





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Ex LibDem Councillor Mark Weldon

Vale View SchoolPosted by Sheila Oliver Mon, September 21, 2015 18:01:31
Blog ImageI attended an Executive Meeting at Stockport Council. Coincidentally, two gentlemen from Waste Disposal Experts firm Viridor were addressing the meeting. After the meeting I approached the gentleman, told them the Council was planning to put a new primary school on a still gassing toxic waste dump, a former Jackson's Brickyard site. They expressed their doubts to me and pointed out that Greater Manchester Geological Unit were not expert enough to deal with this matter. I don't think Ex Councillor Weldon felt I as a mere council taxpayer should have been allowed to approach these gentleman. I felt I would know if I was on the right track with my worries if I discussed it with them.

Because Ex Councillor Weldon and his political cohorts refused to listen to how dangerous the site was, I wrote to the Secretary of State, who had to determine the application, explaining the dangers of this still gassing toxic waste dump site for such an end use.

Greater Manchester Geological Unit declared the site safe to develop with minor remediation including the fencing off of toxic hotspots by means of prickly bushes. They didn't comply with BS 10175 as they should have done, as they didn't investigate under the football pitch which covered most of the site.






When the Council was forced to do proper contamination investigations in late 2009 because they had to prove to a diversion of footpath public inquiry that the footpaths were not being diverted into areas of contamination, the investigations found the site to be entirely contaminated with lead, arsenic and brown asbestos.

To confirm my conversation with the Viridor chaps, GMGU admit in an email to Stockport Council they are not experts at dealing with airborne toxic contaminants, such as the brown asbestos which was subsequently found on the site.




So I was correct all along, and all I wanted to do was protect children from this ludicrous plan to put a new primary school on a still gassing toxic waste dump. Weldon snarls that I should write to the Secretary of State correcting what I wrote, when it was correct at the outset.

Sister sites - which is why I was concerned and why the chaps from Viridor expressed doubts:



















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Stockport is a corrupt council

Vale View SchoolPosted by Sheila Oliver Mon, August 03, 2015 21:12:32


Vexatious to ask corrupt, LibDem Stockport Council about multi £m planning fraud.

From:
Jill Barlow [mailto:jill.barlow@stockport.gov.uk] On Behalf Of FOI Officer
Sent: 20 May 2015 10:41
To: 'Sheila Oliver'
Cc: FOI Officer
Email received - 31/05/15 07.37

Subject:
FOI/EIR 30599:Response

Dear Mrs Oliver

I am writing in response to your request for information (ref FOI/ EIR 30599).

The relevant Council Service(s) has searched for the requested information and our response is as follows:

The information you have requested about Vale View Primary School is deemed exempt under section 14(1) Freedom of Information Act 2000 and under Regulation 12(4)(b) Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

If you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request for information, you are entitled to ask for an internal review; however you must do so within 40 working days of the date of this response. Any internal review will be carried out by a senior member of staff who was not involved with your original request. To ask for an internal review, contact foi.officer@stockport.gov.uk in the first instance.

Yours sincerely

Jill Barlow

CSS Senior Officer – Information Governance





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Vexatious to ask corrupt LibDem councillors about drainage issues

Vale View SchoolPosted by Sheila Oliver Wed, July 22, 2015 17:25:06
Corrupt LibDem Stockport Council (not Mr Vali) says all questions about drainage at this site are "vexatious". We need to be free of LibDem councillors who embrace corruption in planning.




Jackson's Pond, home of Reddish Angling Club. Pictured are members Barry Dunworth and Colin Howe


http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/angling-club-threatens-take-stockport-9424885
(Please copy and paste this link into your browser).

I have been asking and asking questions about drainage at the toxic waste dump school site in North Reddish for years and in recent months too, but have been branded "vexatious" for raising this issue. At the same time problems have been raised by other concerned parties about the drainage on the site. The is a recently disturbed toxic waste dump over an important aquifer and draining into a fishing pond. The brown asbestos was not properly removed from the site, but Dave Westhead, the Council's Enforcement Officer, wasn't concerned and didn't take any action.

"An angling club says it will take legal action unless a council honours an old agreement to install proper drainage at its pond.

Reddish Angling Club agreed to let Stockport Council use Jackson’s Pond as an overflow for excess water from playing fields at the nearby Vale View Primary School, on condition that proper drainage was installed.

But the club claims the council has not held up its side of the bargain, which it agreed to in writing, because the drain that has been installed is only half the agreed size and doesn’t work.

As a result, the pond has flooded on numerous occasions since the school opened in 2011.

he authority says it is aware of the problems and has promised to involve the club in discussions about how to solve it.

The club’s committee has had to spend more than £8,000 of club funds to raise the pond’s banking by 18 inches and has even had to call the fire service out to pump away excess water.

Despite carrying out extensive work themselves, they say there are still long periods of time when the pond is so badly flooded that members can’t use it.

Flooding caused by poor drainage at Jackson's Pond, home of Reddish Angling Club

Club banking manager Stephen Feast said: “The drain they put in is far too small and is always blocked.

“If you look in the manholes on the road next to it, they are always bone dry.

“It’s just a disgrace. Members have to pay a subscription every year, and most of the time they can’t even use half the pond. I’ve never seen it so bad.

“All we want is a meeting with their solicitor and our solicitor. We just want to talk to them sensibly.

“We just want them to uphold their end of the bargain, but if they don’t come up with an offer we will be left with no option but to take them to court.

“We’ve done everything the council wanted us to do, we’ve upheld our end of the bargain, and this is how they treat us.”

A Stockport Council spokesman said: “Over recent years we have been discussing the problem of drainage at Jackson’s Pool in Reddish with Reddish Angling Club and have met with their representatives.

“Clearance of roots has taken place from the pipe but this hasn’t solved the problem.

“The council is currently working to find a longer-term solution to the problem and will involve the angling club in these discussions.”


Tim Farron informed response received 22/7/15 at 17.16

--------------------------------------------

Thank you for your e-mail. This acknowledgement has been triggered electronically as I have not yet had a chance to read your message.

I receive a large number of letters and e-mails every day and I aim to respond to everything as soon as I can.

I try to handle everything quickly and efficiently, but complex issues may need time so please do not be disappointed if you do not receive an immediate reply.

I will be in touch as soon as I can.

Best wishes,

Tim Farron

Tel: 01539 723403

Fax: 01539 740800

www.timfarron.co.uk












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Is Stockport Council's Head of Freedom of Information operating in a corrupt manner?

Vale View SchoolPosted by Sheila Oliver Sat, June 20, 2015 07:26:46
I have been asking and asking questions about drainage at the toxic waste dump school site in North Reddish for years and in recent months too, but have been branded "vexatious" for raising this issue. At the same time problems have been raised by other concerned parties about the drainage on the site. The is a recently disturbed toxic waste dump over an important aquifer and draining into a fishing pond. The brown asbestos was not properly removed from the site, but Dave Westhead, the Council's Enforcement Officer, wasn't concerned and didn't take any action.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/angling-club-threatens-take-stockport-9424885
(Please copy and paste this link into your browser).

Jackson's Pond, home of Reddish Angling Club. Pictured are members Barry Dunworth and Colin Howe

"An angling club says it will take legal action unless a council honours an old agreement to install proper drainage at its pond.

Reddish Angling Club agreed to let Stockport Council use Jackson’s Pond as an overflow for excess water from playing fields at the nearby Vale View Primary School, on condition that proper drainage was installed.

But the club claims the council has not held up its side of the bargain, which it agreed to in writing, because the drain that has been installed is only half the agreed size and doesn’t work.

As a result, the pond has flooded on numerous occasions since the school opened in 2011.

he authority says it is aware of the problems and has promised to involve the club in discussions about how to solve it.

The club’s committee has had to spend more than £8,000 of club funds to raise the pond’s banking by 18 inches and has even had to call the fire service out to pump away excess water.

Despite carrying out extensive work themselves, they say there are still long periods of time when the pond is so badly flooded that members can’t use it.



Flooding caused by poor drainage at Jackson's Pond, home of Reddish Angling Club

Club banking manager Stephen Feast said: “The drain they put in is far too small and is always blocked.

“If you look in the manholes on the road next to it, they are always bone dry.

“It’s just a disgrace. Members have to pay a subscription every year, and most of the time they can’t even use half the pond. I’ve never seen it so bad.

“All we want is a meeting with their solicitor and our solicitor. We just want to talk to them sensibly.

“We just want them to uphold their end of the bargain, but if they don’t come up with an offer we will be left with no option but to take them to court.

“We’ve done everything the council wanted us to do, we’ve upheld our end of the bargain, and this is how they treat us.”

A Stockport Council spokesman said: “Over recent years we have been discussing the problem of drainage at Jackson’s Pool in Reddish with Reddish Angling Club and have met with their representatives.

“Clearance of roots has taken place from the pipe but this hasn’t solved the problem.

“The council is currently working to find a longer-term solution to the problem and will involve the angling club in these discussions.”










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Jill Barlow at Stockport - blocking information pertaining to fraud

Vale View SchoolPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, May 31, 2015 07:35:36

From: Jill Barlow [mailto:jill.barlow@stockport.gov.uk] On Behalf Of FOI Officer
Sent: 20 May 2015 10:41
To: 'Sheila Oliver'
Cc: FOI Officer
Subject: FOI/EIR 30599:Response

Dear Mrs Oliver

I am writing in response to your request for information (ref FOI/ EIR 30599).

The relevant Council Service(s) has searched for the requested information and our response is as follows:

The information you have requested about Vale View Primary School is deemed exempt under section 14(1) Freedom of Information Act 2000 and under Regulation 12(4)(b) Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

01625 545 745

Yours sincerely

Jill Barlow

CSS Senior Officer – Information Governance

Stockport Council

Town Hall

Stockport

SK1 3XE

Tel: 0161 474 3319

Fax: 0161 474 4006



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£200k spent on drainage for this project? Corrupt LibDems claim so

Vale View SchoolPosted by Sheila Oliver Sat, May 02, 2015 10:14:25







This plastic pipe is draining into nowhere in particular. This is on a toxic waste dump land fill site, now the location of a new LibDem 500 plus pupil primary school and babies' nursery. This is over an aquifer with a fishing pond nearby and the corrupt Stockport LibDems claim it is "vexatious" of me to raise this issue with them.

http://www.sheilaoliver.org/drainage-problems.html

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