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6th April 2006
110 Buckingham Palace Road
Faxed To 020 7730 9162
An Open Letter to English Partnerships and Others
The Shalom Family Campaign for Social Justice
The Appointment of Mr. John Callcutt
English Partnerships’ New Chief Executive
The following ‘open’ letter of appeal is kindly addressed to English Partnerships, English Partnerships’ Link-Organisations, and/or, other individuals* as listed, some as registered with the United Kingdom, Companies House, March 2006.
Dear Mrs. Ford, (Chair of English Partnerships), Ladies and Gentlemen,
With reference to the above we kindly draw to your attention the following public internet website at http://www.mvpicton.co.uk.
We bring this matter to your attention as we understand that, most recently, English Partnerships has appointed a Mr. John Callcutt, as its new Chief Executive Officer, a former employee of Crest Nicholson Plc.
English Partnerships will be aware that Mr. John Callcutt has led Crest for many years, both as Chief Executive Officer and more lately as Deputy Chair. He has provided his particular leadership qualities directly to the Crest Nicholson Group. We invite you to witness that during his direct leadership, our present nightmare experience, has unfolded.
We also kindly invite you to witness, what has become of our Family Home of 14 years, our beautiful ‘way of life’ and our entire Family personal private possessions, including our children's' 7 pet goldfish, in what we consider to be, a most distasteful act of corporate indifference and vandalism.
There is no doubt in our minds that Mr. John Callcutt is widely acclaimed and respected as an expert in the field of ‘sustainable development’. English Partnerships will also undoubtedly hold a realistic view of the specific qualities that Mr. Callcutt will bring to his post, as English Partnerships' new Chief Executive Officer. With this point in mind, we kindly refer to the official English Partnerships’ website and some comments made upon Mr. Callcutt’s recent appointment, contained therein. An archive copy is available here.
In referring to Mr. Callcutt we kindly refer to the following comments:-
“John is a very big player in our field and brings to us his wealth of knowledge and experience working in the regeneration sector. After four years sustained growth in productivity, we needed a highly credible individual to take us on to our next phase of delivery, and we have found that person in John Callcutt.” (Mrs. Ford English Partnerships).
“I am delighted with this appointment. John has shown immense calibre and empathy with the concept of creating sustainable communities through his work with Crest Nicholson. He will bring his wealth of private sector experience to work in partnership with the public sector to continue to drive delivery of English Partnerships’ programme.” (Deputy Prime minister John Prescott).
Further notes on the website also state:-
“A solicitor, John is also a leading writer particularly on social issues in urban regeneration and currently chairs a working group for the Housing Forum on meeting customer needs in construction. He is also a director of the BRE Trust, a member of the Law Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.”
And furthermore, that:- “English Partnerships helps create communities where people can afford to live and want to live.”
It is a matter of fact, documented to the record, that our Family were invited to live, wanted to live, and could afford to live, on our own houseboat, at Penarth Marina in Cardiff Bay Wales.
We are aware that English Partnerships is not alone in their considered high opinion of Mr. John Callcutt. We believe that you will be aware of a group called ‘The Way Ahead’, “South West England’s collective response to the Government’s sustainable communities plan.”. We kindly refer to their website at http://www.thewayahead.info/about.html which proclaims, that The Way Ahead, “sits under the South West’s key regional strategies: the Integrated Regional Strategy Regional Planning Guidance 10 and the emerging Regional Spatial Strategy (which includes the region’s Transport Strategy), the Regional Economic Strategy, the Regional Housing Strategy and the Sustainable Development Framework.”.
We acknowledge complimentary comments about Mr. Callcutt published at ‘The Way Ahead’ Website at:-
We also note that he is listed upon The Way Ahead Advisory Group:- http://www.thewayahead.info/tag_members.html
We kindly refer to the comments regarding Mr. John Callcutt which read:-
“ John has guided Crest Nicholson through a successful transformation from a regional housebuilder to a company leading the way in urban regeneration and sustainability. He has led the company from an organisation with a £60 million loss to an outstandingly successful operation making a £80 million profit. John Callcutt has also worked to make Crest Nicholson a company with an outstanding reputation for architecture, quality and customer care. Reflecting this success, Crest Nicholson has won a string of awards, including three CABE/ Building for Life Gold Standard awards for its developments at Ingress Park, Greenhithe, Kent, and Port Marine, Portishead, Somerset. It also achieved maximum stars in the latest National Customer Satisfaction Survey conducted by MORI, on behalf of the Housing Forum – Constructing Excellence and sponsored by the DTI and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
John, an acknowledged leader in the field of housing, quality and sustainability, is invited regularly to address major conferences. Engagements include speaking at the Labour Party Conference, addressing the Princes Trust, the RTPI Summer School and the Housing Forum, as well as academic lectures at Ulster and York University and the L.S.E. He recently completed an essay on Housing Futures for CABE.
His passions are sustainability and urban regeneration. John’s concern for the future of housebuilding is that the industry could go in two directions: embracing quality and sustainability and offer a better living environment or a “dash for trash” where homes of poor design are built on developments that do not respect their environment.”
The question of respect never leaves our minds, especially regarding Home, Family and Way of Life.
With our five daughters, we believe that we are realistic enough, to consider and respect, that the true merit of Mr. Callcutt, or that of Crest Nicholson Plc, should not be unnecessarily blighted by genuine 'mistakes' - of either. However, from the moral point of view, and in practical terms of how our Family has been so affected, we believe that any such acknowledged mistakes - should be corrected in an ethical manner, and clear for all to see.
We accept, and you may see for yourself at this link http://www.mvpicton.co.uk/we_were_wrong_john_callcutt_crest_nicholson_plc.htm
that Mr. Callcutt acknowledged Crest Nicholson’s 'mistake', (only after his organisation had caused a night time grounding accident to our home) but clearly admits that his former organisation was “wrong”. His and Crest Nicholson’s "wrong" was more than six years too late for our settled Family life!
However, the focus of our Family Campaign for Social Justice questions the moral grounds, upon which Mr. John Callcutt and Crest Nicholson acted with such vicious means of correction, in dealing with their acknowledged mistake, and thus towards us, in eradicating our Family, Home and Way of Life. For the benefit of doubt, we kindly inform you that this whole experience was endorsed under the ‘respectful’ leadership of Mr. John Callcutt.
For the benefit of doubt, we seek only social justice from Crest Nicholson Plc. We seek a 'Fair' and 'Just' Solution to end our nightmare.
We seek help from English Partnerships and others to, proactively encourage Crest Nicholson Plc, towards achieving that goal. With social justice, we know there is every chance of enabling ourselves and our children to a better quality of life. Indeed Mr. Callcutt is set to achieve as much in his forthcoming appointment with English Partnerships.
We kindly acknowledge and respect English Partnerships’ prerogative in making such key appointments. However, in view of these dire circumstances, which we believe that you will appreciate, we would like to take this opportunity of inviting English Partnerships’, ‘Link Associates’ and Commercial Venture/Projects, to join with us and our five daughters, in our Family Campaign for Social Justice from Crest Plc.
Please be assured that our Family appeal to English Partnerships and 'Link Associations' is not made in isolation. We have made similar appeals to Crest Nicholson Plc and other corporate and non-corporate enterprises, which includes, but is not limited to:- UBS Bank, BITC, HBOS Plc, Lloyds TSB Group Plc, Lloyds TSB Bank, Legal and General Group Plc, KPMG, Barclays Bank, Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Scotland, National Bank of Egypt International, Linklaters, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Heron International, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC Bank, Barclays Bank, The Cooperative Bank, The British Marine Federation, British Waterways, The Vale of Glamorgan Council, Quay Marinas Limited, and Crest Nicholson Investors & Associations.
We understand that Crest Nicholson Plc will hold their Annual General Meeting, at the Runnymede Hotel and Country Spa at Egham in Surrey on Friday 7th April 2006. Please support us in our Family Campaign for Social Justice. In the first instance, please write, fax, telephone, email your message of support, or concern, to the following:
The Board of Directors Crest Nicholson Plc
Mr. John Matthews, Mr. Stephen Stone, Mr. Paul Callcutt, Mr. Peter Darby, Mr. Stephen Lidgate, Mr. Richard Scholes, Mr. Lloyd Wigglesworth,
C/O Mr. John Matthews Chair
Crest Nicholson Plc
Tel 01932 847272
Fax 01932 840150
We believe that English Partnerships and all associations will be keen to aspire, obtain and uphold the operating ethos of Business in The Community, who are also aware and appear sympathetic to our campaign. We feel sure that you will know this organisation, which acts under the presidency of HRH Prince Charles, promoting the values of Corporate Social Responsibility and Responsible Business Practice. We believe that some English Partnerships' link partners and projects-associates, are already members.
In view of the above we sincerely hope that you will not be too inconvenienced with our appeal and we hope that you will join with us in our Family Campaign for Social Justice.
Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us immediately.
Marie Louise and Vince Shalom
With our daughters,
Hannah, Naomi, Rachel, Rebekah and Jessica.
*Openly addressed as indicated
Mrs Margaret Ford (Chair English Partnerships)
The Executive Directors English Partnerships
Trevor Beattie, Director, Corporate Strategy,
Neil Bradbury, Regional Director, North East and Yorkshire
Dennis Hone, Regional Director, Eastern England and Milton Keynes,
Duncan Innes, Regional Director, Southern England,
John Lewis, Director, Strategic Joint Ventures,
Eileen Scott, Director, Organisational Development,
Paul Spooner, Regional Director, North West and West Midlands,
John Walker, Finance and Commercial Director,
Non-Executive Directors English Partnerships
Dr Pauleen Lane, Deputy Chair,
Dr John Belcher,
Aman Dalvi OBE,
Margaret Fay OBE,
Dr Anne Wright CBE,
English Partnerships - A - Z Project List
Advantage West Midlands,
ATCM (Association of Town Centre Management),
The Avenue Project,
Basildon Primary Care Trust,
Basildon Renaissance Partnership,
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Ambulance and Paramedic Service NHS Trust,
Bolton Primary Care Trust,
Bradford Centre Regeneration,
British Railways Board (Residuary) Ltd.,
British Waterways, (Enquiry Pending BW Board Directors Are Aware of our Family Campaign)
Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust,
Building For Life,
BURA (British Urban Regeneration Association),
CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment),
The Castleford Project,
Central Milton Keynes,
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust,
Cheshire West Primary Care Trust,
Chiltern and South Bucks Primary Care Trust,
CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association),
CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications In Real Environments),
Coalfields Regeneration Trust,
Contour Housing Group,
DEFRA (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs),
Department for Trade & Industry,
Department of Health,
Design for Manufacture Competition,
Development Trusts Association,
Driving Standards Agency,
East of England Development Agency,
East Midlands Development Agency,
East Midlands Property Awards,
The Empty Homes Agency,
English Cities (English Cities Fund - Legal and General are Aware of our Family Campaign),
English Historic Towns Forum,
Environmental Industries Commission Yearbook,
Gloucester Heritage URC,
Heritage Lottery Fund,
HM Prison Service,
Home Housing Group,
Home Office, (Aware of Seized Family Passports Threatened with Destruction)
House Builders Federation,
The Housing Corporation,
Improvement & Development Agency,
iN Business for Neighbourhoods,
Institute of Wastes Management,
Land Restoration Trust,
Leicester Regeneration Agency,
Locate in Kent,
London Development Agency,
London Thames Gateway Forum,
Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth URC,
Manchester Methodist Housing Group,
Ministry of Defence (Defence Estates),
National Federation of Builders,
Newcastle Gateshead Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder,
New Deal for Communities,
New East Manchester,
The New Swindon Company,
New Opportunities Fund,
NHBC (formerly National House-Building Council),
Nian Information (online housing bookshop),
NLUD (National Land Use Database),
Northwest Development Agency,
NUFU (National Urban Forestry Unit),
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister,
OffPAT (Office of Project Appraisal Training),
Oakgrove Millennium Community,
Opportunity Peterborough URC,
The Prince´s Foundation,
RAF Staff College – Bracknell,
Regeneration East Midlands (REM),
RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects),
RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute),
RTPI Online Directory of Planning Consultants,
RUDI (Resource for Urban Design Information),
Royal Bank of Scotland,
Sapling (Architecture, Planning & Landscape Information Gateway),
Secured by Design,
Sheffield City Council,
Silverdale New Vision,
Single Regeneration Budget,
South East England Development Agency,
South East England Regional Assembly,
South West Housing Body,
South West of England Regional Development Agency, (The Way Ahead)
Sustainable Development Commission,
Sussex Downs and Weald Primary Care Trust,
TCPA (Town and Country Planning Association),
Tees Valley Regeneration,
UDAL (Urban Design Alliance),
Urban Regeneration Companies,
West Lakes Renaissance,
West Northantshire Development Corporation,
English Partnerships Regional Offices/Divisions :-
London & Thames Gateway
2 Exchange Tower
Harbour Exchange Square
Tel: +44 (0)20 7531 2400
Fax: +44 (0)20 7531 2401
Tel: +44 (0)1977 669430
Fax: +44 (0)1977 669431
Tel: +44 (0)1233 651700
Fax: +44 (0)1233 651701
43 Temple Row
Tel: +44 (0)121 237 6257
Fax: +44 (0)121 237 6133
Tel: +44 (0)1344 390 539
Fax: +44 (0)1344 390 738
Bristol BS32 4TD
Tel: +44 (0)1454 203 360
Fax: +44 (0)1454 203 361
Central Milton Keynes
Central Business Exchange II
414-428 Midsummer Boulevard
Central Milton Keynes
Tel: + 44 (0)1908 692692
Fax: + 44 (0)1908 691333
51 New North Road
Tel: +44(0)1392 435 188
Fax: +44(0)1392 428 201
St George´s House
Tel: + 44 (0)191 487 6565
Fax: + 44 (0)191 487 5690
Tel: + 44 (0)115 988 8477
Fax: + 44 (0)115 853 3666
Jordan House West
Hall Park Way
Tel: + 44 (0)1952 293131
Fax: + 44 (0)1952 293132
110 Birchwood Boulevard
Tel: + 44 (0)1925 651144
Fax: + 44 (0)1925 411493
Family Contacts via Website