From: on behalf of DC Secretaries
Subject: FW: The Bishop's Blaize, Burdrop

From:  [Sent: 24 December 2009 15:43
To: Andrew Lewis
Subject: The Bishop's Blaize, Burdrop

Your ref:- 09/01557/F

Dear Mr. Lewis,

I wish to log my strong objection to this application.  I am a member of the Bishop's Blaize Support Group, and whilst I am not speaking on their behalf, I do have knowledge of what has been transpiring over the last 3-4 years.

As you will know,the two previous applications (06/01697/F and 07/00630/F) were both refused by Cherwell District Council under 2 planning policies which state
"Proposals that will  result in the loss of existing village services which serve the basic needs of the local community will not be permitted , unless there is conclusive evidence that the provision of the service is no longer viable and that it cannot be made viable."

The important word in that clause is 'community'.  The Sibfords enjoy a particularly strong sense of community, and this is probably the reason that so many of the objections already received seem to say a similar thing.  We are not an insular 'cliquey' bunch of people - we care very much about our history, our heritage, our surroundings and, most importantly each other.  The villagers are made up of a very wide-ranging population - young and old, working and retired, commuters and farming families which go back hundreds of years.  We have a wonderful community spirit which exists here, and we would like to keep it that way.

I don't want to go over the story of Mr. & Mrs. Noquet, but suffice it to say that they have been trying to take away part of our community, for whatever reason ever since they arrived here.  I agree that the property belongs to them, and they can do as they want with it, but
not at the expense of hundreds of villagers and beyond. 

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the pub could still be viable, or be made viable, and the Support Group has much evidence to prove this.  Mr. Noquet's rambling application letter will never stand up to scrutiny.  His final paragraph states "The committee now has an opportunity to publicly condemn the violation of our privacy and human rights by granting approval of this application".  If Mr. & Mrs. Noquet have human rights, so do we - the right to live, to work and to enjoy each other's company.  What are their human rights compared to those of at least 200 villagers?

Eileen Haynes