Why have a debate when a press release will suffice?

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From: Haslemere Parking
Sent: 09 October 2014 9:50 AM
To: ‘Haslemere Town Clerk’
Subject: RE: Press release – Multi Storey Car Park

Dear Lisa

I am very disappointed to receive your reply. A press release to The Herald should not preclude the MSCP being on the agenda of the November meeting. I see it as the most extraordinary attempt to stifle debate. I was clear in my first email to you that Stephen Mulliner’s original premise that opposition to a MSCP has been microscopic is simply untrue. This needs a full and open discussion.

Other than Haslemere Vision’s survey, two surveys relating to the MSCP have simply been there to build a body of support for a MSCP. On Jeremy Hunt’s website he steered the issue in one direction only: To show your support please email haslemeremscp@gmail.com to sign up to the campaign or click on Register Your Support. That is not democratic! When a twitter account – @NoHaslemereMSCP – was set up to challenge Jeremy Hunt’s MSCP campaign, Jeremy deleted his twitter account, as he only had 10 followers in support. The SW Trains survey that councillors have used as evidence was not independent. It was conducted by SW Trains!

The most recent survey is the one conducted by Haslemere Vision filled in by local people. Given that our elected representatives have relied so heavily on historic flawed surveys, I have no confidence in our elected representatives to produce another. We urgently require a proper debate and the basis of the debate should be the most recent Haslemere Vision responses.

I ask again that this is an agenda item on the November 20th full council meeting.

With kind regards

From: Haslemere Town Clerk
Sent: 08 October 2014 4:22 PM
To: Haslemere Parking
Subject: FW: Press release – Multi Storey Car Park

The Council took on board your comments re the next Council meeting not being until November and this morning instructed me to send the statement below to the Herald. I hope that this might answer any questions you have, and preclude the MSCP issue being included on the Agenda in November – unless further information comes to light between now and then.

 

Best wishes,

 

Lisa

 

Lisa O’Sullivan

Town Clerk

Haslemere Town Council

01428 658828

www.haslemere.com/towncouncil

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From: Haslemere Town Clerk
Sent: 08 October 2014 12:04
To: Haslemere Herald
Cc: Penny Bradley – Mayor
Subject: Press release – Multi Storey Car Park

Dear Bea,

Please see below HTC’s response to the recent statements from Jeremy Hunt MP and Cllr Nikki Barton:

HTC notes that the content of Jeremy Hunt’s letter to Patrick McLaughlin of 5th September offers no real new information in terms of a car park, of any size, being built at Haslemere Station.

The Council acknowledges Cllr Nikki Barton’s comments in relation to the Vision survey, but is also aware that that survey was not available to the several hundred commuters who drive to the Station from well outside Haslemere every day, mainly from the south and west.

The Council feels that, before any final decision is made regarding an MSCP at Haslemere Station, there should at the very least be a transport assessment commissioned so that an impartial and professional view can be established to whether a MSCP is required in Haslemere. It is hoped that HTC can work with Surrey County Councillor, Nikki Barton to facilitate this.

If deemed appropriate, Haslemere Town Council will also consider commissioning an online survey for residents and commuters to have their say on the future of parking in Haslemere and to judge what demand there might be among non-local commuters for alternative forms of transport.  Ideas such as a Park-and-Ride have an obvious appeal in theory but may be impractical if commuters will not use them or they prove uneconomic

Best wishes,

 

Lisa

 

Lisa O’Sullivan

Town Clerk

Haslemere Town Council

01428 658828

www.haslemere.com/towncouncil

Follow us on Twitter – @Haslemere TC

 

 

The Town Council offices are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm