Fenland District Council leader cannot and did not replace the whole planning committee
THERE has been inaccurate information perpetuated in the media regarding the Whittlesey Supermarket planning issue which we would like to address.
The Leader of Fenland District Council did not and could not “replace the whole of the planning committee”. He can only stand down his own Conservative colleagues.
With regard to training, all councillors on planning have to undergo regular training as on other committees on the council such as licensing and could not remain on such a committee unless they have completed training. We both strongly support this approach.
The fact that some (not all) councillors, with years of experience, despite having such training, failed to understand the professional advice given at the second planning meeting where the Tesco application was approved is extremely unfortunate. It is for them to answer why they chose to take this route.
We hope that in the fullness of time, their decisions will become clear. We feel that we voted consistently, at both meetings based on planning principles.
You may also want to watch:
The responsibilities of councillors in serving their communities requires multiple skills. Representing residents on such committees is just one important facet.
CLLR MICHAEL BUCKNOR (Truly Independent)
- 1 'Loving, caring family man' dies in hospital weeks after A141 crash
- 2 Work to improve A47 between March and Peterborough begins
- 3 7 of the best pumpkin picking locations in Cambridgeshire
- 4 Butcher Ron to hang up his hat after 64 years
- 5 Dramatic pictures catch harvester on fire in 4am blaze
- 6 Police pursuit of suspected hare coursers ends in success
- 7 Paramedics warn of 'tents in car parks' amid mental health crisis
- 8 Illegal poachers stopped in their tracks by eagle-eyed public
- 9 Granddaughter launches bid to help others thanks to football legend
- 10 Board says Covid-19 figures are ‘stable’ at City hospital
CLLR DAVE PATRICK (Liberal Democrat)