It has come to my attention that the gentleman on the left, Cllr Bill Hayton has stepped down as TDC's Chair of Planning, in favour of the gentleman on the right, former Labour Cllr Ken Gregory. I say 'stepped down' but the real question I can't help asking , is, has he been pushed?
Why should that cross my mind? One of my sources tells me Cllr Hayton was definitely not drinking in The Lanthorne on Sunday 13th April with 'Our Leader' and its owner and other well known Thanet personalities. (See Fly on The Wall posting of Fri 18 April). Another source tells me that he would not have been welcome anyway, given the comments imparted to the IOTG after a TDC Planning Meeting turned down a very sensible car-park extension application at a very nice hotel in Pegwell. (This hotel is ideally placed by the way, to look after a large number of frequent foreign visitors visiting the area and China Gateway in particular over the next few years.)
Other comments that have come my way suggest that Cllr Ken Gregory would be ' better suited' to see some major and contentious applications due to come up shortly before the Planning Committee such as China Gateway and Eurokent's revised format for housing, business and leisure as opposed to 'industrial/employment' use. What special qualities does Cllr Gregory have that Cllr Hayton lacks?
Having watched Cllr Hayton on a number of occasions, in full control and with excellent grip as Chair of Planning and getting very full agenda dealt with, I would have thought his experienced pair of hands would be just the ticket for the busy and difficult times ahead.
Has he upset some 'important people' or does he just need a rest?