I have invited John Tutte the Group Chief Executive of Redrow Homnes to debate with me issues in his reply to my challenge to him to heed the results of his consultation process over Sefton Park Meadowlands
The exchange of e-mails which followed the e-mail which was the subject of my last blog is attached below. I will of course keep you informed of the Redrow response!
Dear Cllr Kemp,
I acknowledge receipt of your email of 24th September 2014 regarding Sefton Park.
Your understanding of the purpose of a public consultation is clearly very different from ours. We do not see such events as a simple ‘straw-poll’ on whether a site should be developed – after all, if we did then there would be far fewer much-needed new homes built.
From our perspective the purpose of a consultation is to listen to constructive criticism and suggestions over plans for development: the principle for development is very much one for democratically elected councillors and politicians such as yourself to debate and decide at formally convened meetings.
If the council does decide that part of Sefton Park should be developed then Redrow with its reputation for quality design remain an obvious choice.
Group Chief Executive
Group Chief Executive
Redrow Homes Limited
St. Davids Park, Deeside
Flintshire, CH5 3RX
Telephone: 01244 520044
Mobile: 07713 507135
Dear Mr Tutte,
Thank you for reply to my e-mail.
Clearly we have two major differences of opinion:
Firstly, I believe that when consulting you should listen to those that you consulted with. Your PR company invited lots of people to an event. Those people responded and told you in considerable detail what they thought. Their thoughts should be heeded.
Secondly, I do not believe that companies should adopt the ‘Pontius Pilate’ approach which you have taken. Companies as well as individuals and the public sector have a wider responsibility to leave the world better after their actions than before them.
Accordingly I am inviting you to come out from behind the skirts of your PR merchants and debate these issues with me at a public meeting in front of the people of the area which will be affected by the building proposals.
I am sure that we could agree a neutral venue and a neutral Chairperson for such a debate which I think will be instructive for all concerned.
I look forward to receiving your support for this proposition when I will frame some ground rules under which the debate could take place.
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE,
Leader, Liverpool Liberal Democrats