I have received dozens of emails and calls from concerned residents and indeed fellow councillors at the short notice that the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO or MOD to you and me) have given for their public exhibition at the Deepcut Village Centre on 7th December.
There are several factors to consider here:
- I received my notice on 29th November 11 (That is only 9 days notice)
- The event is on between 1330 and 1930. Most people are either at work or commuting home during those times.
- Apparently the exhibition has been publicised in the Star Courier. Many Deepcut residents would not know as that publication is not distributed there.
- DIO have said leaflets have been distributed to properties within the vicinity of the site. Many of my neighbours have not received this leaflet. In fact many people only learned about the event when I posted it on this web site.
- Only weeks away from Christmas many people are busy.
I am very disappointed at the rushed manor in which this event has been organised and bearing in mind the factors above only adds to the speculation within the community that this is by design.
However, it is still important that if you can make the event, that you do attend and make your views known.
You might find the following document useful which was sent to SHBC by the Deepcut Liaison Group in response to the recent scoping report.
Traffic of course has always been one of the major concerns of most local residents in their responses to SHBC consultations. In my mind all efforts must be made to not encourage traffic to the village. Therefore I will be very interested to learn the size and location of the supermarket as this will play a major part in traffic mitigation measures. Residents have been explicit in their views in respect of the supermarket. It should serve the needs of the village of Deepcut and not the wider community. A large supermarket will only draw traffic to the village so this is a very important factor that I would encourage residents to keep an eye on when attending the exhibition.