Christchurch council postpone Druitt Gardens tree felling meeting after businessman seeks judicial review

Christchurch council postpone Druitt Gardens tree felling meeting after businessman seeks judicial review

LEGAL CHALLENGE: Campaigners protesting at the Cornfactor site

AT WORK: Workmen removing trees

EXPERT: James Cain, a planning expert at Coles Miller,

First published in News by

CAMPAIGNERS have launched their own legal challenge over the felled trees controversy at a Christchurch beauty spot.

And their move has prompted the postponement of a key meeting of councillors tonight.

Four trees were cut down in Druitt Gardens last month, just weeks after councillors voted to put preservation orders on them.

Renaissance Retirement, who have permission to build a retirement complex on the adjacent Cornfactor site, say the trees were damaged on two separate occasions during an archaeological dig.

PA full, internal, inquiry was ordered by Christchurch Council following stinging criticism from residents, campaigners and Dorset County Council’s own tree officer.

The inquiry findings were due to be discussed at a special audit and scrutiny meeting at Civic Offices tonight.

But the legal challenge, by local businessman and campaigner Alistair Somerville Ford, who is seeking a judicial review in the High Court into how the whole issue has been handled, has forced the council to defer the meeting.

A council statement said: “Late on Friday, the council received notification that an application for a judicial review has been made regarding the planning application for the Cornfactor site, however the grounds for the judicial review have not yet been received.

“In the absence of these detailed grounds, it would not be prudent for any meeting which has a bearing on these legal proceedings to take place at this time.”

As reported in the Echo on Friday, the council’s internal report outlines a catalogue of errors during the controversy.

A legal assessment of the planning permission granted to Renaissance was ‘flawed’ in relation to tree issues, the report adds.

'Council acted irrationally'

James Cain, a planning expert at Coles Miller, handling the review for Dr Ford, said: “A claim for a judicial review against the issuing of the recent planning permission at the Cornfactor site has been submitted.

"Dr Ford is seeking to quash the approval of the Cornfactor planning consent and to quash the approval of details under planning conditions attached to that consent relating to archaeological works.”

He said they believed the council had approved foundation works which would result in predictable damage to protected trees and failed to have regard for the decision of their own planning committee to issue TPOs.

The council had acted irrationally and irresponsibly, failed to protect the trees and “acted under an error of law”, he claimed.

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6:23am Tue 18 Mar 14

Tictock says...

Well done that man, has the belief and the resources to take on apparent maladministration.
Well done that man, has the belief and the resources to take on apparent maladministration. Tictock
  • Score: 53

6:32am Tue 18 Mar 14

RM says...

Well done Dr Ford. Force the Council to be accountable to the people who employ them.
Well done Dr Ford. Force the Council to be accountable to the people who employ them. RM
  • Score: 56

7:21am Tue 18 Mar 14

BIGTONE says...

Nice 1.
The s**t will hit the fan now.
Nice 1. The s**t will hit the fan now. BIGTONE
  • Score: 27

7:26am Tue 18 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Hope the man's effort ends with charges of a conspiracy between the contractor and the councillors that gave the nod to fell the tree,best of luck sure you have more support than the culprits,win this one and run for council.
Hope the man's effort ends with charges of a conspiracy between the contractor and the councillors that gave the nod to fell the tree,best of luck sure you have more support than the culprits,win this one and run for council. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 42

7:29am Tue 18 Mar 14

afcb-mark says...

It looks like those contractors knew exactly what they were doing with their diggers. Archaeological dig, pull the other one!
It looks like those contractors knew exactly what they were doing with their diggers. Archaeological dig, pull the other one! afcb-mark
  • Score: 43

8:16am Tue 18 Mar 14

Crank says...

The four trees are the tip of a monstrous iceberg: about 100 trees have actually been felled in the Druitt Gardens woodland since the council bought it off the county in 2006. 'They paved paradise . . . '.
It's this town's own little exercise in jungle slash and burn, with not a squeak raised to prevent it, and the Audit report having the gall to tell us that more 'tidying up' aka clearance of wildlife habitat, is planned for the Bank Close car park boundary.
Alistair Ford is like the angel of vengeance. We are so grateful. Now all we have o do is reinstate the place, sadly impossible.
The four trees are the tip of a monstrous iceberg: about 100 trees have actually been felled in the Druitt Gardens woodland since the council bought it off the county in 2006. 'They paved paradise . . . '. It's this town's own little exercise in jungle slash and burn, with not a squeak raised to prevent it, and the Audit report having the gall to tell us that more 'tidying up' aka clearance of wildlife habitat, is planned for the Bank Close car park boundary. Alistair Ford is like the angel of vengeance. We are so grateful. Now all we have o do is reinstate the place, sadly impossible. Crank
  • Score: 31

8:18am Tue 18 Mar 14

tinkerten says...

About time our local council was made to be more accountable to the residents. Does make one wonder how this project was passed in the first place and why the tree felling was allowed, but I think we can all guess. Well done Dr Ford, the majority of residents are grateful to you.
About time our local council was made to be more accountable to the residents. Does make one wonder how this project was passed in the first place and why the tree felling was allowed, but I think we can all guess. Well done Dr Ford, the majority of residents are grateful to you. tinkerten
  • Score: 34

8:38am Tue 18 Mar 14

skydriver says...

tinkerten wrote:
About time our local council was made to be more accountable to the residents. Does make one wonder how this project was passed in the first place and why the tree felling was allowed, but I think we can all guess. Well done Dr Ford, the majority of residents are grateful to you.
Quite right and all this is due to very poor leadership with Cllr Nottage.
The quicker he and the rest of them are removed from office the better. A fresh start is what's required . To stop all this,we do ,we will attitude from ALL of the councillors.
[quote][p][bold]tinkerten[/bold] wrote: About time our local council was made to be more accountable to the residents. Does make one wonder how this project was passed in the first place and why the tree felling was allowed, but I think we can all guess. Well done Dr Ford, the majority of residents are grateful to you.[/p][/quote]Quite right and all this is due to very poor leadership with Cllr Nottage. The quicker he and the rest of them are removed from office the better. A fresh start is what's required . To stop all this,we do ,we will attitude from ALL of the councillors. skydriver
  • Score: 23

9:11am Tue 18 Mar 14

SurfReefFunTime says...

Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money.

A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it!

A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened!

Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : )
Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money. A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it! A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened! Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : ) SurfReefFunTime
  • Score: -43

9:30am Tue 18 Mar 14

skydriver says...

SurfReefFunTime wrote:
Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money.

A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it!

A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened!

Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : )
Read the article, it's NOT taxpayers money.
[quote][p][bold]SurfReefFunTime[/bold] wrote: Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money. A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it! A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened! Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : )[/p][/quote]Read the article, it's NOT taxpayers money. skydriver
  • Score: 17

9:32am Tue 18 Mar 14

Elftick says...

Speak truth to power. Good luck, Dr Ford
Speak truth to power. Good luck, Dr Ford Elftick
  • Score: 11

9:52am Tue 18 Mar 14

SurfReefFunTime says...

skydriver wrote:
SurfReefFunTime wrote: Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money. A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it! A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened! Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : )
Read the article, it's NOT taxpayers money.
I can read but its wasting the tax payers money as the council have to use their time to deal with this matter when they already have clearly.

You people have nothing better to do. Get a hobby = D
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SurfReefFunTime[/bold] wrote: Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money. A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it! A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened! Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : )[/p][/quote]Read the article, it's NOT taxpayers money.[/p][/quote]I can read but its wasting the tax payers money as the council have to use their time to deal with this matter when they already have clearly. You people have nothing better to do. Get a hobby = D SurfReefFunTime
  • Score: -35

9:53am Tue 18 Mar 14

selectortone says...

Good for you Dr Ford!

This sorry episode stinks of collusion and corruption. It must NOT be allowed to sink into a fog of council obfuscation. Those responsible should be held accountable.
Good for you Dr Ford! This sorry episode stinks of collusion and corruption. It must NOT be allowed to sink into a fog of council obfuscation. Those responsible should be held accountable. selectortone
  • Score: 21

10:21am Tue 18 Mar 14

Say-It-Like-It-Is says...

Christchurch Borough Council are either incompetent or something worse. They ride roughshod over their residents' wishes, and act with total disregard and arrogance towards their community. They are not fit for purpose and we have our chance to see them off in the local elections in 2015.
Christchurch Borough Council are either incompetent or something worse. They ride roughshod over their residents' wishes, and act with total disregard and arrogance towards their community. They are not fit for purpose and we have our chance to see them off in the local elections in 2015. Say-It-Like-It-Is
  • Score: 14

10:25am Tue 18 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

Say-It-Like-It-Is wrote:
Christchurch Borough Council are either incompetent or something worse. They ride roughshod over their residents' wishes, and act with total disregard and arrogance towards their community. They are not fit for purpose and we have our chance to see them off in the local elections in 2015.
No you won't, because as usual all the blue rinse brigade will vote for them regardless of what they have done, because they always have done, and always will do. Can't vote for those common non-Tory people, you know!
[quote][p][bold]Say-It-Like-It-Is[/bold] wrote: Christchurch Borough Council are either incompetent or something worse. They ride roughshod over their residents' wishes, and act with total disregard and arrogance towards their community. They are not fit for purpose and we have our chance to see them off in the local elections in 2015.[/p][/quote]No you won't, because as usual all the blue rinse brigade will vote for them regardless of what they have done, because they always have done, and always will do. Can't vote for those common non-Tory people, you know! speedy231278
  • Score: 5

10:27am Tue 18 Mar 14

Say-It-Like-It-Is says...

SurfReefFunTime wrote:
Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money.

A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it!

A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened!

Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : )
At least whilst CBC resources are deflected to deal with the judicial review it will take their attention away from scheming to inflict more misery on their residents!
[quote][p][bold]SurfReefFunTime[/bold] wrote: Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money. A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it! A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened! Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : )[/p][/quote]At least whilst CBC resources are deflected to deal with the judicial review it will take their attention away from scheming to inflict more misery on their residents! Say-It-Like-It-Is
  • Score: 5

10:29am Tue 18 Mar 14

Say-It-Like-It-Is says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Say-It-Like-It-Is wrote:
Christchurch Borough Council are either incompetent or something worse. They ride roughshod over their residents' wishes, and act with total disregard and arrogance towards their community. They are not fit for purpose and we have our chance to see them off in the local elections in 2015.
No you won't, because as usual all the blue rinse brigade will vote for them regardless of what they have done, because they always have done, and always will do. Can't vote for those common non-Tory people, you know!
Not this time as I suspect that even they have had enough.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say-It-Like-It-Is[/bold] wrote: Christchurch Borough Council are either incompetent or something worse. They ride roughshod over their residents' wishes, and act with total disregard and arrogance towards their community. They are not fit for purpose and we have our chance to see them off in the local elections in 2015.[/p][/quote]No you won't, because as usual all the blue rinse brigade will vote for them regardless of what they have done, because they always have done, and always will do. Can't vote for those common non-Tory people, you know![/p][/quote]Not this time as I suspect that even they have had enough. Say-It-Like-It-Is
  • Score: 11

11:02am Tue 18 Mar 14

billy bumble says...

Say-It-Like-It-Is wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
Say-It-Like-It-Is wrote:
Christchurch Borough Council are either incompetent or something worse. They ride roughshod over their residents' wishes, and act with total disregard and arrogance towards their community. They are not fit for purpose and we have our chance to see them off in the local elections in 2015.
No you won't, because as usual all the blue rinse brigade will vote for them regardless of what they have done, because they always have done, and always will do. Can't vote for those common non-Tory people, you know!
Not this time as I suspect that even they have had enough.
Yup - they have
[quote][p][bold]Say-It-Like-It-Is[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say-It-Like-It-Is[/bold] wrote: Christchurch Borough Council are either incompetent or something worse. They ride roughshod over their residents' wishes, and act with total disregard and arrogance towards their community. They are not fit for purpose and we have our chance to see them off in the local elections in 2015.[/p][/quote]No you won't, because as usual all the blue rinse brigade will vote for them regardless of what they have done, because they always have done, and always will do. Can't vote for those common non-Tory people, you know![/p][/quote]Not this time as I suspect that even they have had enough.[/p][/quote]Yup - they have billy bumble
  • Score: 9

11:25am Tue 18 Mar 14

SimonJB says...

SurfReefFunTime wrote:
skydriver wrote:
SurfReefFunTime wrote: Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money. A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it! A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened! Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : )
Read the article, it's NOT taxpayers money.
I can read but its wasting the tax payers money as the council have to use their time to deal with this matter when they already have clearly.

You people have nothing better to do. Get a hobby = D
So its OK for you to comment, but not anyone else?
What a complete and utter MORON!!
[quote][p][bold]SurfReefFunTime[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SurfReefFunTime[/bold] wrote: Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money. A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it! A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened! Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : )[/p][/quote]Read the article, it's NOT taxpayers money.[/p][/quote]I can read but its wasting the tax payers money as the council have to use their time to deal with this matter when they already have clearly. You people have nothing better to do. Get a hobby = D[/p][/quote]So its OK for you to comment, but not anyone else? What a complete and utter MORON!! SimonJB
  • Score: 13

11:59am Tue 18 Mar 14

Wallie45 says...

Christchurch Council has been proven time and time again to be either completely irresponsible or corrupt. Local planning issues have become a joke; just look at the supermarket fiasco, the hospital balls-up and the Mudeford Quay scandal. Until now we have all felt powerless. Good for Dr Ford. Finally someone with some balls who is able to fight for what is right. This council has to go, especially Mr Nottage and his chums.
Christchurch Council has been proven time and time again to be either completely irresponsible or corrupt. Local planning issues have become a joke; just look at the supermarket fiasco, the hospital balls-up and the Mudeford Quay scandal. Until now we have all felt powerless. Good for Dr Ford. Finally someone with some balls who is able to fight for what is right. This council has to go, especially Mr Nottage and his chums. Wallie45
  • Score: 22

1:25pm Tue 18 Mar 14

ukipifyouwant2 says...

SurfReefFunTime wrote:
Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money.

A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it!

A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened!

Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : )
SurfReefFunTime is EXACTLY RIGHT, bigger problems do exist.
If Christchurch Council ignore Tree Preservation Orders, and Dorset Council, who's leader forgot to mention he was a director of a development company, fail to enforce a legal covenant preventing development of Druitt Gardens, then yes, the BIGGER PROBLEM of all is Christchurch Council.

Do you want part of Druitt Gardens accommodating 100 more carpark spaces ? Because if Christchurch Council get away with breaking the law this time, there will be a trench dug, a quick call made to Christchurch Council, and within hours every tree in sight will be cut down and part of Druitt Gardens will be tarmaced over.

SurfReefFunTime is EXACTLY RIGHT, the bigger problem isn't about a few trees, its about Christchurch Council not listening to residents and treating them with shear and utter contempt. If it takes a judicial review to reveal the truth, then so be it.
[quote][p][bold]SurfReefFunTime[/bold] wrote: Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money. A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it! A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened! Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : )[/p][/quote]SurfReefFunTime is EXACTLY RIGHT, bigger problems do exist. If Christchurch Council ignore Tree Preservation Orders, and Dorset Council, who's leader forgot to mention he was a director of a development company, fail to enforce a legal covenant preventing development of Druitt Gardens, then yes, the BIGGER PROBLEM of all is Christchurch Council. Do you want part of Druitt Gardens accommodating 100 more carpark spaces ? Because if Christchurch Council get away with breaking the law this time, there will be a trench dug, a quick call made to Christchurch Council, and within hours every tree in sight will be cut down and part of Druitt Gardens will be tarmaced over. SurfReefFunTime is EXACTLY RIGHT, the bigger problem isn't about a few trees, its about Christchurch Council not listening to residents and treating them with shear and utter contempt. If it takes a judicial review to reveal the truth, then so be it. ukipifyouwant2
  • Score: 10

1:27pm Tue 18 Mar 14

SurfReefFunTime says...

SimonJB wrote:
SurfReefFunTime wrote:
skydriver wrote:
SurfReefFunTime wrote: Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money. A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it! A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened! Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : )
Read the article, it's NOT taxpayers money.
I can read but its wasting the tax payers money as the council have to use their time to deal with this matter when they already have clearly. You people have nothing better to do. Get a hobby = D
So its OK for you to comment, but not anyone else? What a complete and utter MORON!!
I didn't suggest you couldn't post ; )

Where did I say that?

Theres a large group of mamby pamby tree huggers who have nothing better to do...sat in their 2nd homes etc etc. Get a life :)

Do feel free to comment away though.
[quote][p][bold]SimonJB[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SurfReefFunTime[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SurfReefFunTime[/bold] wrote: Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money. A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it! A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened! Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : )[/p][/quote]Read the article, it's NOT taxpayers money.[/p][/quote]I can read but its wasting the tax payers money as the council have to use their time to deal with this matter when they already have clearly. You people have nothing better to do. Get a hobby = D[/p][/quote]So its OK for you to comment, but not anyone else? What a complete and utter MORON!![/p][/quote]I didn't suggest you couldn't post ; ) Where did I say that? Theres a large group of mamby pamby tree huggers who have nothing better to do...sat in their 2nd homes etc etc. Get a life :) Do feel free to comment away though. SurfReefFunTime
  • Score: -14

1:29pm Tue 18 Mar 14

SurfReefFunTime says...

ukipifyouwant2 wrote:
SurfReefFunTime wrote: Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money. A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it! A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened! Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : )
SurfReefFunTime is EXACTLY RIGHT, bigger problems do exist. If Christchurch Council ignore Tree Preservation Orders, and Dorset Council, who's leader forgot to mention he was a director of a development company, fail to enforce a legal covenant preventing development of Druitt Gardens, then yes, the BIGGER PROBLEM of all is Christchurch Council. Do you want part of Druitt Gardens accommodating 100 more carpark spaces ? Because if Christchurch Council get away with breaking the law this time, there will be a trench dug, a quick call made to Christchurch Council, and within hours every tree in sight will be cut down and part of Druitt Gardens will be tarmaced over. SurfReefFunTime is EXACTLY RIGHT, the bigger problem isn't about a few trees, its about Christchurch Council not listening to residents and treating them with shear and utter contempt. If it takes a judicial review to reveal the truth, then so be it.
Of course changes need to happen across the country so why don't you all make your choices known in the next election?

If you don't like it put yourself up for the vote! Go canvass etc.

Things never really change though do they...
[quote][p][bold]ukipifyouwant2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SurfReefFunTime[/bold] wrote: Wasting more council time with judicial reviews...nice way to waste tax payers money. A few trees...common. Druitt gardens looks much better than it did when it was a mud path and it was so dark you couldn't walk through it! A retirement block there though! Now that shouldnt have happened! Havent you people got anything better to do than moan about a few trees. Bigger problems exist in the world! Get over yourselves. : )[/p][/quote]SurfReefFunTime is EXACTLY RIGHT, bigger problems do exist. If Christchurch Council ignore Tree Preservation Orders, and Dorset Council, who's leader forgot to mention he was a director of a development company, fail to enforce a legal covenant preventing development of Druitt Gardens, then yes, the BIGGER PROBLEM of all is Christchurch Council. Do you want part of Druitt Gardens accommodating 100 more carpark spaces ? Because if Christchurch Council get away with breaking the law this time, there will be a trench dug, a quick call made to Christchurch Council, and within hours every tree in sight will be cut down and part of Druitt Gardens will be tarmaced over. SurfReefFunTime is EXACTLY RIGHT, the bigger problem isn't about a few trees, its about Christchurch Council not listening to residents and treating them with shear and utter contempt. If it takes a judicial review to reveal the truth, then so be it.[/p][/quote]Of course changes need to happen across the country so why don't you all make your choices known in the next election? If you don't like it put yourself up for the vote! Go canvass etc. Things never really change though do they... SurfReefFunTime
  • Score: -1

1:51pm Tue 18 Mar 14

retrogeoff says...

Fully agree with those supporting Dr Ford's actions. Also agree with sentiments set out by ukipifyouwant2 above. Would add that this case appears to warrant a full independent forensic examination and process audit to inform both the council and the general public on a potential breach of the fundamental trust that should exist between the two parts of our democracy. Otherwise we all might as well go and live in the Ukraine.
Fully agree with those supporting Dr Ford's actions. Also agree with sentiments set out by ukipifyouwant2 above. Would add that this case appears to warrant a full independent forensic examination and process audit to inform both the council and the general public on a potential breach of the fundamental trust that should exist between the two parts of our democracy. Otherwise we all might as well go and live in the Ukraine. retrogeoff
  • Score: 8

4:05pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Loyal2AFCB says...

The council would benefit from an infusion of new blood and more importantly LOCAL blood. Roll on 2015.
The council would benefit from an infusion of new blood and more importantly LOCAL blood. Roll on 2015. Loyal2AFCB
  • Score: 9

5:32pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Tango Charlie says...

I wish all the campainers the best of luck in the review. I hope you have enough clout to counter the monies set against this by the developer.
I wish all the campainers the best of luck in the review. I hope you have enough clout to counter the monies set against this by the developer. Tango Charlie
  • Score: 8

7:48pm Tue 18 Mar 14

xchresident says...

The deferment of this meeting shows Christchurch Council is running scared.That Report is in the public realm and you can bet all sorts of groups and individuals have gone into it in micro deetail, pin pointing the discrepancies. Councillors and Officers could not have looked forward to a public airing of all their errors and worse with video cameras rolling.

Where's the famous 'transparency?'

No doubt they think the public have short memories.

The level of cynicism expressed by ordinary people on the High Street is astonisheing, openly referring to back-handers, Blue rinse to Blu ray--they are united in their disgust.
The deferment of this meeting shows Christchurch Council is running scared.That Report is in the public realm and you can bet all sorts of groups and individuals have gone into it in micro deetail, pin pointing the discrepancies. Councillors and Officers could not have looked forward to a public airing of all their errors and worse with video cameras rolling. Where's the famous 'transparency?' No doubt they think the public have short memories. The level of cynicism expressed by ordinary people on the High Street is astonisheing, openly referring to back-handers, Blue rinse to Blu ray--they are united in their disgust. xchresident
  • Score: 9

9:00pm Tue 18 Mar 14

twynham says...

"The level of cynicism expressed by ordinary people on the High Street is astonishing, openly referring to back-handers, Blue rinse to Blu ray--they are united in their disgust."
.
Well said and oh so true xchresident .
"The level of cynicism expressed by ordinary people on the High Street is astonishing, openly referring to back-handers, Blue rinse to Blu ray--they are united in their disgust." . Well said and oh so true xchresident . twynham
  • Score: 6

9:57pm Tue 18 Mar 14

breamoreboy says...

Loyal2AFCB wrote:
The council would benefit from an infusion of new blood and more importantly LOCAL blood. Roll on 2015.
Why? I suspect that the Conservative majority will again be so large that all council decisions will still be made by the inner cabinet, and that the other councillors will then be told how to vote. Democracy, don't make me laugh.
[quote][p][bold]Loyal2AFCB[/bold] wrote: The council would benefit from an infusion of new blood and more importantly LOCAL blood. Roll on 2015.[/p][/quote]Why? I suspect that the Conservative majority will again be so large that all council decisions will still be made by the inner cabinet, and that the other councillors will then be told how to vote. Democracy, don't make me laugh. breamoreboy
  • Score: 3

10:54pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

Nice to see someone stand up and take this Council to court. It is clearly out of control. We did the same in Swanage a few years back, and pretty much shook things up.

However, this will not stop the council holding part of its public meeting behind closed doors, as is allowed. Keep a close eye on it.

Councils can be murky places. They hate light being shined upon them.
Nice to see someone stand up and take this Council to court. It is clearly out of control. We did the same in Swanage a few years back, and pretty much shook things up. However, this will not stop the council holding part of its public meeting behind closed doors, as is allowed. Keep a close eye on it. Councils can be murky places. They hate light being shined upon them. Yankee1
  • Score: 7

9:15am Wed 19 Mar 14

uberbloke says...

I know that people here don't like the "Blue Rinse Brigade" but the fact is they turn out and vote so we get the "democracy" we vote for...
I know that people here don't like the "Blue Rinse Brigade" but the fact is they turn out and vote so we get the "democracy" we vote for... uberbloke
  • Score: 1

8:57am Sat 22 Mar 14

brian74 says...

please keeping signing the e-petition on the government website..
listed below:


e-petition
INQUIRY INTO CBC PLANNING DEPARTMENT

Responsible department: Department for Communities and Local Government

Christchurch planning department have allowed developers to destroy protected trees.The trees had a TPO placed on them and the developers cut through roots on two separate occasions which placed four trees in a dangerous condition which then had to be felled.
The public was put at risk by cutting trees and leaving them in an unstable condition.

The government must take action and hold an inquiry into the wrongdoing.
please keeping signing the e-petition on the government website.. listed below: e-petition INQUIRY INTO CBC PLANNING DEPARTMENT Responsible department: Department for Communities and Local Government Christchurch planning department have allowed developers to destroy protected trees.The trees had a TPO placed on them and the developers cut through roots on two separate occasions which placed four trees in a dangerous condition which then had to be felled. The public was put at risk by cutting trees and leaving them in an unstable condition. The government must take action and hold an inquiry into the wrongdoing. brian74
  • Score: 0

9:03am Sat 22 Mar 14

brian74 says...

Still outstanding questions:-

1) was the HSE informed of the incident - two accidents in one week that resulted in dangerous unstable trees.
2) logged as an incident - the contractor and CBC
3) what measures were taken after the first accident?
4) What did the contractors method statement and risk assessment say.
Still outstanding questions:- 1) was the HSE informed of the incident - two accidents in one week that resulted in dangerous unstable trees. 2) logged as an incident - the contractor and CBC 3) what measures were taken after the first accident? 4) What did the contractors method statement and risk assessment say. brian74
  • Score: 2

9:08pm Sat 22 Mar 14

agp1337 says...

Not to do with this post, but Ray's latest:
Fatal, I hope. Information that you, as a Councillor, on the blog, with COUNCILLOR before it - the Councillor's blog, representing us - have published - to make us envy you, presumably, that you are staying at a hotel costing minimum £550 per night and that we plebs must just look on and dream. This, for you, is a disaster. WHY did you do it? It just requires a little sense. Gloves off from now!!! You are presumably paying for it yourself, but WHY publish it? How can you be so unutterably stupid and uncomprehending? Copy and links going to Mac The Knife - and already sent to the Echo.
Not to do with this post, but Ray's latest: Fatal, I hope. Information that you, as a Councillor, on the blog, with COUNCILLOR before it - the Councillor's blog, representing us - have published - to make us envy you, presumably, that you are staying at a hotel costing minimum £550 per night and that we plebs must just look on and dream. This, for you, is a disaster. WHY did you do it? It just requires a little sense. Gloves off from now!!! You are presumably paying for it yourself, but WHY publish it? How can you be so unutterably stupid and uncomprehending? Copy and links going to Mac The Knife - and already sent to the Echo. agp1337
  • Score: 1

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