PMG Summer Newsletter

PMG Summer Newsletter

PMG SUMMER 2017 NEWSLETTER
Introduction
What’s happening? As the late magician Paul Daniels would say ‘Not a lot!’. Well, on the
LRCH front that is ….but the PMG Executive has been as active as ever and are keeping
the pressure on to ensure Peninsula Management Group’s and the businesses’ situations
are well understood.
We are trying to arrange a full PMG/LRCH meeting for early-mid October but getting a
response from LRCH is proving its usual challenge! Ill keep you informed.
LRCH Update
As we have always expected, LRCH announced in early summer that there will be a further
delay in submission of the DCO Application. Now scheduled for Q2 2018 with public
consultation taking place in Q1. However, having met with fellow professionals representing
non-PMG interests, even this timescale is optimistic at the current rate. It is suggested
2019 might be more realistic.
LRCH has apparently appointed two local legal firms to represent them in negotiations with
local landowners, businesses and other parties but full details are yet to be announced.
Property Working Group
An outcome from June’s LRCH/PMG meeting is the creation of a specialist working group
to agree the process for relocation and compensation. PMG is represented by Doug
Hilton, Mark Hull and Nick Dunigan and LRCH by Tom Stoddart-Scott and Andrew
Highwood.
It is stressed the objective of the Working Group is to decide the process and key criteria
which will be essential as things move forward. It does not have a remit to agree to act for
individual businesses but will establish the overall framework for any such negotiations.
It has become very obvious that despite all Humphrey Percy’s (Chief Executive, LRCH)
words, LRCH is pursuing a path of Compulsory Acquisition which will run in parallel with
the DCO Application Inquiry.
Needless to say and not unexpectedly, PMG is driving the process but if you have any
questions about the Group and/or process, please do not hesitate to contact me and I’ll
arrange a response. The next meeting is arranged for 21st September.
Highways England A2 Bean & Ebbsfleet Junctions improvements
You will have seen the announcement from Highways England about their preferred option
for the improvements to these junctions. For anybody who wants further information on the
scheme you can sign up to receive updates via the project page on the Highways England
website where they can also find an animated visualisation outlining the preferred route:
http://www.highways.gov.uk/a2be
It’s interesting that Highways England has not factored-in The London Resort Project as
yet as, in their opinion, there is nothing to take into account. However, it is understood
there was a meeting between PINS, LRCH and Highways England late last month, the
minutes of which will be published in due course and I’ll feedback then.
Political and Other Key Parties Engagement
The PMG Executive has continued to meet with our established contacts – local politicians,
local authorities, EDC and other interested parties. However, in addition, we are spreading
our wings wider to include further local councils and other influential parties. It is imperative
that they are all well aware of the potential implications should LRCH proceed with its
indicated course of Compulsory Acquisition.
It is also evident that a new permanent EDC Chief Executive could be announced imminently
– we’ll be knocking on his door from day 1!
Strategy moving forward
Many may be wondering where we go from here with so much uncertainty, further delays
and any real lack of progress from LRCH.
If and when LRCH submit their DCO Application there is a 28 day period during which the
Planning Inspectorate will consider validation of the application and decide as to whether
there is a sufficiently robust case to take it forward to a full Inquiry, the costs of which will
be very substantial for both the Government and LRCH.
To prove their case they need to demonstrate comprehensive engagement with all affected
parties, financial credibility and backing for the project, and that they have addressed all
the technical issues.
When the DCO Application is submitted PMG will be seeking completely fair
treatment for all potentially displaced businesses and landowners. We are preparing the
background work that will be needed to state our case and this will also form part of the
case for any challenge, if required, at any full Inquiry and needs to be thorough, robust and
comprehensive. In this event, PMG may also look to challenge some of the Application’s
technical evidence along with other parties who, over recent months, have started to liaise
with the PMG Executive.
If you have any queries or wish to discuss any aspect of PMG’s work, do not hesitate
to contact dbramwell0724@outlook.com or mobile 07968 304237.