Seething Wells Filter Beds blog



Council takes action on the state of the site

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On 13th December, Lib Dem run Kingston Council issued a “Section 215” notice to the owners of the Seething Wells Filter Beds site. In short, this legal notice requires the owners to fully repair the locally listed railings and tidy up the site.

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Another planning application refused new

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This week Lib Dem run Kingston Council refused another planning application on Seething Wells Filter Beds.

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Minister pressed to provide protection to biodiversity, but scuppers a vote on it

On Monday night the Conservative Government engineered business to run so late that it scuppered the chance of a meaningful vote on Lib Dem Lord Oates' amendment that would have given power to councils to protect biodiversity on sites like Seething Wells Filter Beds. The amendment had the support of Labour, Greens, Lib Dems and many cross-benchers, and the Government would otherwise almost certainly have lost.

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Next stage in the plan to get legislation to protect Seething Wells needs your help

After the disappointment of Government Minister, Lord Zac Goldsmith, not backing Lord Jonny Oates’ amendment that would give Kingston Council the powers we need to protect biodiversity at Seething Wells Filter Beds, we move onto the next round.

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Foiled at the first attempt but the amendment will return!

Lib Dem Lord Jonny Oates last night introduced an amendment to the Environment Bill that would give Councils the powers we need to protect biodiversity at Seething Wells Filter Beds.

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Seething Wells Update: Lib Dems take fight to protect local biodiversity to Parliament

In a bid to protect Kingston Borough’s biodiversity, particularly at Seething Wells Filter Beds, Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Jonny Oates has tabled an amendment to give local authorities greater powers to act.

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Kingston Lib Dems welcome news that Seething Wells Filter Beds will remain a SINC

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Kingston Lib Dems have welcomed the news that Seething Wells Filter Beds will remain designated a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) after a recent review by Kingston Council.

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Keep Seething Wells Filter Beds a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation



Calling on Kingston Council to Keep Seething Wells Filter Beds as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.

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PLANNING APPLICATION REFUSED

Lib Dem run Kingston Council's Planning Department refused the owners of Seething Wells Filter Beds' application for a certificate of lawfulness for the retention of class B8 use (storage).

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Cllr Liz Green on Seething Wells

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“The Seething Wells Filter Beds is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, and it’s one of many across the country that needs a change in the law to enable the Council to protect its biodiversity. So we have launched a petition asking Government to ‘Give Councils the power to protect nature reserves’” --- Cllr Liz Green writes on Liberal Democrat Voice

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Help us protect the Filter Beds at Seething Wells


FILTER BEDS APPEAL WON


The long running saga of the planning application to build 64 ‘floating homes’, marina and restaurant on the filter beds site on Portsmouth Road has come to a close.

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PLANNING INSPECTOR VISITS THE FILTER BEDS

The final part of defending the planning appeal against the unsuitable development of the filter beds on the Portsmouth Road took place this week. It was a misty morning, but Lib Dem Councillor for St Mark’s Ward Yogan Yoganathan along with the Friends of Seething Wells, went on site to see exactly what will be destroyed if planning permission is given.

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CONTINUING THE BATTLE TO KEEP OUR OPEN SPACES

Liberal Democrats Councillors, Mary, Liz and Yogan, continue fight against building on the Metropolitan Open Land at the Filter Beds on Portsmouth Road, Surbiton.

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COUNCILLORS REFUSE ‘UNSUITABLE DEVELOPMENT’ ON FILTER BEDS

Last night, Kingston Council's Development Control Committee unanimously agreed that the plan for 64 homes, 92 berth marina, restaurant, car parking and nature reserve was inappropriate development for the Seething Wells Filter Beds on Portsmouth Road.

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ST MARK’S COUNCILLORS' OBJECTIONS TO FILTER BEDS PLANNING APPLICATION

St Mark’s Ward Liberal Democrat Councillors have written a detailed letter to Kingston Council’s Planning Department giving its reasons for objecting to the planning application by Hydro Properties Ltd for 64 floating homes, a 94 berth marina, residential moorings, a restaurant and car park on the site known as the Filter Beds on Portsmouth Road, Surbiton.

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Filter Beds Planning Application public meeting on Thursday 8th November

There will be a public meeting about the Filter Beds planning application on Thursday 8th November 2012 at 8pm (refreshments from 7.30pm) at St Andrew's and St Mark's Junior School on Maple Road.

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SUPPORTING THE FRIENDS OF SEETHING WELLS

Local newspaper Surrey Comet has reported today that St Mark’s Liberal Democrat Councillors and Edward Davey MP support for the Friends of Seething Wells and their concerns about the planning application by Hydro Properties on the Surbiton Filter Beds.

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