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I’m no twitcher, but I can spot a cuck- oo in the nest with the best of them. And there’s a monster of the genus – Cuculus equestrianensis giganticus –

perched expectantly right now on Lower Sun- bury’s north eastern fringe. You may recall an earlier column concerning the touchy relationship which has developed between The Jockey Club and Costco, who plan to build a warehouse store at Sunbury Cross. The Jockey Club want to monopolise as much of the traffic capacity at Sunbury Cross as they can, for the additional journeys that will be generated if it builds hundreds of houses at Kempton Park. If Costco uses some of that capacity, Kempton Park can’t. Well. The plot has thickened. The day after The Jockey Club wrote to the Spelthorne planners to complain, another letter arrived at Knowle Green from the Highways Agency. It forbad Spelthorne from making a decision on the Costco application until the Highways Agency had been through the Costco application themselves, particularly their Traffic Assessment. Coincidence?

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The Highways Agency, of course, is perfectly at liberty to issue such a holding notice. But who exactly is making the running on the Costco appli- cation? The Costco plan, we understand, has wide- spread support. The land is unsuitable for residen- tial use, the store will replace warehouses which have been unused for some time, and the scheme will generate additional permanent jobs in Spelthorne. Yet, another applicant, who we are constantly assured has not yet worked out the details of its application, is allowed to stand in the way. You will be familiar, of course, with how the cuckoo operates. It has a beguiling call, heralding the arrival of the bounties of spring. But it lays its eggs in other birds’ backyards. The cuckoo chick, when it hatches, demands priority feeding. To increase its chances, it throws the eggs of its foster brothers and sisters out of the nest. Those that survive that natural form of ethnic cleansing tend to starve to death. Personally, I’d rather have Cuculus canorus – the Common Cuckoo – roosting at Kempton Park.

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