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the following is a letter to Cllrs involved in the asset transfer of Raincliffe woods it should be interesting to read any replies
Dear cllr ??????
I am writing to you on the subject of the upcoming Asset Transfer of raincliffe woods and Forge Valley. As I understand the procedure SBC is required to consult interested parties as well as the general public on issues such as this. Cllr Fox asserts that the majority of those polled at the last Secret Wood event were in favour of this transfer and that the asset transfer application was available and published on the SBC website for a considerable length of time. I am the Chair of the Scarborough Conservation Volunteers, I know that have not been approached by the SBC and we manage Raincliffe Meadow and after speaking to some our neighbours it seems that they have not been approached by SBC on this matter. I do not think that any right thinking person can claim that a small biased pole on a badly attended Secret wood event, with no way of knowing if those polled were regular users of the wood, an unattended public meeting in Barrowcliff and an application form on a web site few people look at can be seen as public consultation at all. This is a multi-million pound business why is SBC giving it away?
At the moment standing timber is fetching premium prices http://www.forestry.gov.uk/…/tpi201409.…/$FILE/tpi201409.pdf
Why is the SBC not using this to its advantage and contracting controlled felling and using the profits to reduce council tax bills or improving services?
We are also concerned about the decision that shows that SBC has given the RWCE the asset transfer over TYWT. The following is a direct quote from the SBCS own online document .
“ HIGHLIGHTED RISKS:
• That RWCE do not provide sufficient clarity to provide assurance that their
proposals are viable and sustainable and the transfer does not proceed.
• That the Council has lost the opportunity to proceed with an application from
the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, which was viable and would offer benefits over
the current arrangements.
• The retention of the asset would continue to place an ongoing financial
liability on the Council in terms of management and maintenance of the area.”
The document states that the opportunity to proceed with the YWT offer was lost How Why? Was this opportunity lost ,when I spoke to the YWT representative they were more than eager to be involved even at this late stage.
Scarborough Conservation Volunteers and the other groups that are involved with voluntary work in Raincliffe woods deserve better than been removed from the decision making process and the people of Scarborough deserve more than to be told that the RWCE will be holding consultative meetings, we want a SBC led public debate on the radio,web and press we deserve nothing less
Yours Sincerely
Ron Baxter

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Author: scarboroughwoodlandpeople

We are two different groups of volunteers ,the SCV work all over the Scarborough aria doing a variety of tasks in conjunction with SBC we also are the lease holders on around 15 acres of meadow ,we only have 99 years to sort it out . The SWAG group are at the moment concentrating on Raincliffe Woods & forge Valley ,they meet on the first Sunday of the month to carry out tasks and have events in the woodland . and hope to see you there Ron Baxter Chair

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