Wednesday, 24 September 2008


On 19 July I reported on some odd goings on in Birchington in Berkeley Road.
I have noticed that this story was picked up by many of our local papers whilst I have been in Ibiza and today there is yet another letter in Your Thanet on the subject.
As I have been sent copies of the Independent Inspectors decision prior to granting of this final application by our Councillors in Full Council and the report made by a Planning Officer to members at that meeting, I show them in full below. (You will need to click on them to get legible size)
I am not going to comment at all on the extracts shown but let readers come to their own decisions.
The only thing that I will say is that the title of my strand in July was " The worry is not what our Councillors are told but what they are not told". In respect of the impending Full Council, this question now has added import.
When our Councillors receive their mail next Monday with the 'package' for China Gateway Phase 1 (sorry, 08/0400 at MIBP as it is a 'stand alone' application isn't it?) I wonder if they will have been fully informed by Cabinet and Senior Officers about this whole business up at Manston or will they be as much in the dark as Councillors were kept over a single house in Birchington?


Anonymous said...

I think the problem is that we expect both too little and too much from our councillors. They'd be fools to vote on this one without some idea of public opinion but at the same time I can't see all of them finding the time to read it all through... answers on a postcard as they say.

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for the neighbours who have to look at such an ugly tall building!

Anonymous said...

The officers report says it would be a similar height to the bungalows. How did they work that one out. No way could that ever have been considered possible if they knew the measurements. So were they deliberately being economical with the truth?