Redrow Boss Challenged to Public Debate in Liverpool

SEFPARK

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.
Yours sincerely

John Tutte
Group Chief Executive
Redrow plc

John Tutte
Group Chief Executive

Redrow Homes Limited
Redrow House
St. Davids Park, Deeside
Flintshire, CH5 3RX

Telephone: 01244 520044
Mobile: 07713 507135

Extension: 4263

Website: http://www.redrow.co.uk
________________________________________

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.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE,
Leader, Liverpool Liberal Democrats

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About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. . Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperson on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and four grandchildren.
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2 Responses to Redrow Boss Challenged to Public Debate in Liverpool

  1. “I believe that when consulting you should listen to those that you consulted with.” I think you are right. Obviously. Blatantly. Tautologically. It’s what the word means!
    This fight is being repeated all over the country. Hope you win this one. Best wishes.

  2. Catherine says:

    Two points about Mr. Tutte’s email:
    Firstly he appears to acknowledge that the Meadows is part of Sefton Park (“If the council does decide that part of Sefton Park should be developed…”) , not the “incidental green space” the council keep saying it is. Useful, I would think.
    The other thing is this rubbish about much-needed homes. Please challenge this untruthful piece of spin. This isn’t the SE of England. While there is a shortage of decent affordable homes here, there is no shortage of desirable homes in the price bracket of this new development in established and attractive parts of the city.
    But of course because they’re new, they qualify for Help to Buy…. which includes quite high prices because of the London property market, and surely was never intended to entice people to buy over-priced property marketed in this idiotically aspirational way (“executive homes” for God’s sake) that they would not otherwise be able to afford. The only people they are “much needed” by is Redrow – to make an easy and quick profit because it’s a great site for them – no problematic and costly demolition or clearance, and a government scheme to help you sell it.

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