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Saturday, 7 February 2009

Whose baby?

By popular demand, here's the potted life history of CCC's Unlawful Shameful Proposal. (See "Timeline" for full dates and details.)
  • The USP appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, last autumn.
  • The Herne Bay Councillors supported it, and told the Executive.
  • The Executive liked it, published their public notice as "consultation", and waited to see if there were any objections.
  • The objections were disregarded and the site was marketed.
  • Around this time, I was made aware of the unfolding horror, and went to speak to the Council, armed with a sturdy petition. One of the questions I raised was the legality of the proposal.
  • The Council's own legal eagles have said it's OK, but I'm convinced they're wrong.
  • The Executive have been told that it's illegal, and they're having a bit of a think before reporting back to full Council.
That's all well and good as far as it goes, BUT it doesn't answer a key question:

Where was this evil hatchling spawned?

I can find no mention of it on the CCC website before 23rd September last year. There are several policy documents with an optimistic, broad-brush approach to conservation, tourism and regeneration, but none of them single out this particular strip of green. So where did this idea come from? Who has ownership?

Whose proposal is it?

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