Planning meetings switched
PUBLISHED: 13:18 23 January 2006 | UPDATED: 21:37 28 May 2010
PLANNING meetings at Fenland Hall are to be switched from 6.30pm to 2.30pm, despite consultation showing the public opposed the time change. A survey was carried out over seven meetings, with members of the public asked to fill in their choice of meeting
PLANNING meetings at Fenland Hall are to be switched from 6.30pm to 2.30pm, despite consultation showing the public opposed the time change.A survey was carried out over seven meetings, with members of the public asked to fill in their choice of meeting times from 2.30pm at hourly intervals until 6.30pm.Just three people went for a 2.30pm start compared with 19 who said meetings should remain at 6.30pm.Peter Humphreys, one of Fenland's busiest agents said he was disappointed at the move."It will mean any member of the public wanting to attend - and there are many - will have to take a half-day off work to do so," he said."Only one committee member voted to retain the 6.30pm start time, yet I know for certain most members of the public who were consulted opposed the change."The move was approved last Wednesday and was a group decision by the Tories with only Labour's Councillor Barry Howlett opposing it.But Councillor Martin Curtis, planning committee chairman, defended the unpopular switch saying it was a decision aimed at getting the most out of everyone."The primary reason for this change is to avoid important decisions being made at the end of a 13 or 14-hour day," he said."We think this is the only way to ensure we are getting the best out of officers and members."Cllr Curtis said the vast majority of planning applications were now available on-line and comments on them could be sent by the public, via e-mail.- What do you think? Should the meetings be changed to 2.30pm? Will it stop the public attending? E-mail your views to email@example.com.