Michael Gove MP Surrey Heath - refused to back climate emergency - not a fan of direct action. More 'trailership' than 'leadership.' A great formula to stay in politics without taking chances maybe, but not a formula for curing important social and life threatening issues. In times of emergency we need leaders like Sir Winston Churchill, not followers. Politicians like Mr Gove are one of the main reasons why the planet is in trouble.
In his 2021 reshuffle, Bojo made Michael Gove housing, communities and local government minister. What qualifications he holds in respect of town planning and local authority administration remains to be seen. But this looks more like a musical chairs appointment for unqualified mates. Where Mr Gove has no practical building experience, or tabs on corruption, such as back handers to planning officers from developers. Though, we know Thakeham Homes donated £600,000 to the Conservative Party.
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is a ministerial office in the Government of the United Kingdom that includes as part of its duties the administration of the estates and rents of the Duchy of Lancaster. It is held to be a sinecure office in the government of the United Kingdom in modern times.
Sinecures have historically provided a potent tool for governments or monarchs to distribute patronage, while recipients are able to store up titles and easy salaries. Lucky old Michael. It's nice to have friends in high places! How many other jobs does he have and are they all declared in the Register of Interests?
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2. For the UK to enact legally binding policies to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025
For the government to form a Citizens' Assembly to oversee the changes needed to achieve this
Mr Gove said the group's first demand was "on the money" and agreed there needed to be a deeper level of public understanding over climate change.
MICHAEL GOVE'S HISTORY
Michael Gove made a comeback in June 2017, with the
prime minister bringing him back into cabinet by appointing him environment secretary.
What next then for Mr Gove? Well, let's not dwell on that for now. Perhaps we should concentrate on the present position as Environment Secretary, though we do wonder just a little about the Climate Change question when he was the Education Secretary and what he may be thinking about ocean plastic pollution.
Other concerns are as to planning applications that hold the potential to damage the environment, such as the live example at Herstmonceux in East Sussex, via and application by Clarion Housing Group, Latimer Developments and Thakeham, all being property developers active in the Weald area. In his capacity as Environment Secretary of State having control of the Environment Agency, the question of groundwater, sewage and surface water contamination fall to be considered by him. We have been copied a letter that was sent to Mr Gove on September 24 2018, reproduced below as it contains a lot of information about environmental protections that may benefit many people in the country facing what looks to us to be inappropriate development of a similar nature in epidemic proportions to counter our National Debt.
REPEAT OFFENDERS - It's no wonder that Extinction Rebellion is gathering such momentum with councils all over England carrying on as if there was no crisis. The carbon footprint for Herstmonceux village has rocketed because of all the failings of the members of Wealden to tackle climate change and set a good example. Wealden's councillors have granted planning permission for hundreds of houses without solar panels or electric vehicle charging points, but have now declared a climate emergency. Hypocrites or what, or maybe, just trying to repair the damage they have done?
If this example by every town and village in the United Kingdom, then our country would be one of the worst polluters in the world on a per square kilometer basis. The councillors and members of parliament you voted for are partly responsible for killing hundreds of species. It makes us want to glue ourselves to something. Peacefully mind you. This village is a contender for the Greenhouse Gas award 2019. There is no cure for stupidity!
LETTER FROM HERSTMONCEUX MUSEUM LTD 24-09-18:
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
RE: HERSTMONCEUX, LIME CROSS, BN27 4SX
Thank you for your letters dated 14 August and 19 September, both received on September 22 2018.
A CLEANER BRITAIN - The Conservative environment minister, who was summoned to Europe concerning Britain's poor air quality after the High Court ruled that the UK was in violation of Agreements with the EU. This was after ClientEarth's successful legal challenge.
WATER CONTAMINATION - If houses are built on the hill that supplies the last surviving well in Herstmonceux, all of those who presently enjoy a sustainable water supply are likely to be poisoned by pesticides from the gardens of the proposed housing. In addition, where the hard standings of a proposal for 70 houses are to be gully drained to a point lower than the twin wells, soakage that supplies the wells will be diverted away potentially starving the wells of water and increasing pesticide accumulations from the proposed garden areas. The amusing cartoon above portrays the situation that perhaps the developers were not aware of, when they bought into a situation that they should have been able to rely on - if there had been a competent appraisal by Wealden District Council, the County Archaeologist and the Environment Agency. Unfortunately, the council concerned and the advisers to the original applicants appear to have been less diligent than they might have been in the rush to profit from a windfall situation. The developers in this case are confirmed to be: Clarion Housing Group, Thakeham Homes and Latimer Developments. Previously, the site was owned by Tim Watson and then Gleeson Developments. We understand that Mrs Claire Turner and Christopher Bending are two of the planning officers now with responsibility for this application which has reached the detailed (reserved matters) stage.
CARTOON - This amusing picture is saying that the developers might just as well be urinating into the public water supply in person. Obviously, they will not be doing this, it will be the foot soldiers operating on their instructions and the occupiers of the houses who will not be told that they cannot use fertilizers and herbicides on their gardens, but will do so anyway. How can you apply a condition that cannot be enforced? Who gets prosecuted for environmental offences?
SAFE RADIUS - This picture of the site as seen from the air, shows us 50m and 100m circles drawn from the well that is a public water supply. Fifty meters would have been the appropriate distance to build houses away from the water source, if they were not to be on a hill sloping toward the wells. Unfortunately that is what is proposed. The problems do not stop there, at the other end of this field they are proposing surface water run off through two privately owned ponds that do not have the capacity to deal with that quantity of water, inevitably leading to flooding - and where sewage pumping is proposed by way of a sub holding tank, this could lead to untreated sewage floating into the ponds and watercourses downstream, before it ever gets pumped to the Windmill Hill treatment plant operated by Southern Water. Clearly, all of this is a matter for the Environment Agency that comes under Mr Gove's wing as the Secretary of State.
WD/2015/0090/ HERSTMONCEUX VILLAGE CONDITIONS A - Z INDEX
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - This is the oldest and only working well in the village of Herstmonceux. We have become so used to mains water that we have forgotten about our roots. That is what makes this well just a few hundred yards outside of this Sussex village so important.
ROUNDUP - Allowing houses to be built in such close proximity to a working well is madness. You might as well pour weedkiller, paints and oils directly into this drinking water. But who will the claims of contamination and illness be against?
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH, OCTOBER 2018 - This fountain is fed from the old well at Herstmonceux. Anyone may imbibe the health giving qualities of this natural water supply, such as ramblers and visitors to Lime Park. It is a criminal offence with unlimited fines for any person who pollutes groundwater. By this means wells such as this last surviving working example in the village are protected in law. Alternative water supplies from wells are needed as reserves in case of pollution of reservoirs and other (aquifers) supplies. Bottled water being a last resort in emergencies. SDG 6 of the United Nations sustainability goals concerns safeguarding water supplies.
NPPF - NATIONAL PLANNING POLICY FRAMEWORK A - Z INDEX
CABINET MPS -MARCH 2020
FOSSIL FOOLS - Geriatric politicians with 'climate-senile' policies will find in difficult to break away from their corrupt ways, as part time politicians with two jobs. Their main job being to find paid consultancy work, rather than craft policies and create statute that works to protect our voters from lung cancer, energy shortages and a lack of affordable (sustainable) housing.
The 'zerophobics' are the undertakers of the political world, sending millions of ordinary people to an early grave, while loading us with NHS, hospital and staff costs that would not be needed if we had clean air in our cities.
Basically, the longer you are in politics, the more likely you are to be exposed to bribes, from climate deniers, mostly fossil fuel and energy companies, looking to keep on pumping toxic fumes into the atmosphere, so they can keep making money. The political undertakers are working with them to keep hospitals stocked with cancer victims. They are blood sucking vampires, draining what little you had saved for your retirement.
CONSERVATIVE MPS 2017-2018
MICHAEL GOVE - UK BREACHED AIR POLLUTION LAWS
JANUARY 2018 - Air pollution: Michael Gove summoned by EU to explain UK's illegal levels
The EU provides funding to its member states to help tackle air pollution, and has implemented a number of measures to deal with emissions from power plants and vehicles.
DELHI NOVEMBER 2017 - Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in the Indian capital of New Delhi on a day where the city’s levels of pollution are so high that it has been likened to a ‘gas chamber’. Experts say that in some parts of the city, residents breathing the polluted air will smoke the equivalent of 50 cigarettes. The future King of England has been outspoken about marine litter and joined forces with the Ellen MacArthur Trust to find ways of reducing single use plastic for packaging.
The United Kingdom has many political parties, some of which are represented in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Below are links to the websites of the political parties that were represented in the House of Commons after the 2015 General Election:
We are concerned with how the make up of the above parties and (reasonably) popular policies affects the Wealden district, because we are all brothers on two islands in the Atlantic Ocean and what we do or fail to do is likely to rebound on ourselves and our fellow man in other nations around the world. How we act today influences policies in other countries in our global community. It is not just about us and our patch.
East Sussex has five District and Borough Councils, each with a border on the coast. From west to east they are:
There is also East Sussex County Council as the provider of services to the 5 East Sussex districts.
As near neighbours and with councils now sharing facilities and working together, these area of Sussex are included in our remit and an area where climate change and affordable housing are issues that need urgent attention. Where the coastline is a feature in every Council, Blue Growth is a food security issue, especially where this side of of our local economy is under-exploited.