4787Fw: Supporting the saving of Undershaw
- Oct 22, 2014Dear AllUndershaw needs our assistance. Please see Steve and Marek's emails below. Request you all to pledge your support by filling up the online form. Many thanks!Cheers for the Year of Sherlock,JayJayantika GangulyGeneral Secretary and Editor, Sherlock Holmes Society of IndiaMember, Sherlock Holmes Society of LondonMember, Ceska spolecnost Sherlocka HolmeseAuthor, "The Holmes Sutra", MX Publishing, 2014On Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:29 AM, Steve Emecz MX Publishing <mxpublishing@...> wrote:
Hi Roger and Jay,Not sure if you have heard but although UPT have come to an agreement on the restoration plans of Undershaw, English Heritage have crazily opposed the plans which could derail everything. As you know they didn’t help when the developers were going to destroy undershaw, yet for some reason they have put in a strong objection to the schools plans – please see Marek’s note below. All the ambassadors are putting in supportive messages on the council site and the guys wondered whether a post by both societies would help get some more supporters to pledge in favour of the plans – the first set closes on 29th October so there isn’t much time. Thanks, SteveHi Steve, Luke and BonnieI have established that even if EH object the Waverley planners can still allow the planning applications for the Stepping Stones project. What we need to do, collectively, and with support from organisations such as Sherlockology, The Baker Street Babes and the Sherlock Holmes Societies (of London and India, particularly) to basically get people to support the apps by filling out the on-line form to be found here:I wonder if you could spread the word around your contacts and get them to spare a minute or two to support the saving of Undershaw.I have a meeting with Norman, the CEO of the DFN Foundation project to create the new Stepping Stones school tomorrow morning. The idea is to work out valid ways in which to get the applications through.You should be aware that another (rather long-winded) objection has been submitted today from a historic environment consultant. I would also expect the Victorian Society to object as they did to the change of use application.My view the more people we can get to formally support the applications the better.We will also lobby the WBC councillors, especially the ones that represent Hindhead. Jeremy Hunt is the local MP and is now the secretary of state for health. He was previously secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport so may have some clout with EH. He supported the recent change of use application so he should be on-board.There are two applications: WA/2014/1655 (which has a target decision date of 4th December 2014) and WA/2014/1656 (which has a target decision date of 29th October 2014) so time is really of the essence.If you have any questions or need more information please get back to me soonest.By the way the Haslemere Herald is doing an article on Undershaw this Friday. I am hoping to get an electronic copy, and, if I do I will send it to you.PS I have also made contact with Jacquelynn Morris about this.This email has been checked by anti-virus software but you are advised to make your own checks.