Residents of Wye are probably aware that there’s a public meeting on Monday in the Church at 7 (for 7.30) where the new owners of the college buildings will meet the village for the first time.
In common with other members of the parish council and the community, I have thus far had no contact with Telereal Trillium, so I’ve been doing a bit of research online to see who they are.
The internet is so fantastic on these occasions because you can find out so much so quickly… But there’s a fairly major problem in that it’s impossible to know who to believe.
The basic facts are fairly easy to come by. There’s the company website.
From there I usually look for national newspaper articles of which this in the Daily Mail appeared interesting for a moment or two, suggesting as it did that the company wasn’t paying enough tax.
But (calm down Jasper) this article in Forbes seemed to offer a perfectly reasonable refutation.
Then there were the usual gripes from employees or past employees on glassdoor.co.uk; positive articles from land agents about developments all over the country; and plenty of donations to charities.
Two pieces caught my eye. Firstly a freedom of information request from the surely Kent-based Paul Carter (a Wye resident I wonder?) which questioned the whole government policy of selling off its assets. The response seemed to be a reminder as to how badly public property was managed prior to such sell-offs. How on earth could such savings have been made?
And then a blog post on a drinks party from someone who works for Inside Job Productions, a social enterprise of which I’m familiar. The event was a celebration of Telereal Trillium having been given an award for We Buy Social by Social Enterprise UK.
As someone who runs and supports a social enterprise I couldn’t help being interested.
But… whether or not Telereal Trillium support social enterprise is actually not connected to the main debate in Wye which is about the scale and design of any development in WYE3.
And for that, the parish council is agreed that the best preparation we can all do for Monday’s meeting is to re-read the Neighbourhood Plan: the village’s carefully worked out position on how it wants the community to develop which is now in the hands of Ashford Borough Council. It even has its own page on the ABC website.
Look forward to seeing everyone there. Arrive early to get a seat.
As a postscript to this blog post… Councillor Shoults has distributed among parish councillors an explanation as to how the ‘envelope’ came to be changed in the Neighbourhood Plan: NP Audit Trail Envelope alteration to Wye NP 2 10 2015
This is a complementary piece to Background Document 16 from the Neighbourhood Plan process: Background document BD16 Consultation Statement 11-06-2
This has significance for the second part of the public meeting regarding the update on the Neighbourhood Plan – which is why I’m publishing it here now.