the 21st May 2007, the OCC Planning Committee met once again to
discuss NPower's proposals in respect of their planning conditions,
and despite the Chairman's view that the Officers should have delegated
powers to deal with NPower's proposals, the Committee did at least
agree that the remaining conditions should come back before the
Planning Committee once agreed.
followed a backdrop of a complaint from a Mrs. Searle who had found
that planning permission for a school extension had been passed,
without her being in attendance because the Officers decided they
could move the planning meeting which was scheduled to hear the
application and without notifying the objectors of the change. So,
she turned up to hear the application only to find it had already
been determined. This is the arrogance of the County Council
Officers who were later reprimanded by the Ombudsman when Mrs. Searle
complained, but she had no remedy because the Ombudsman ruled that
the Planning decision was correct. Democracy in action
once more in Oxfordshire.
Save Radley Lakes also
addressed the Committee concerning the Waste
Recycling Group planning application - which related to an extension
of time and lorry movements to fill a dirty great hole which all
of a sudden last December became available - we believe that NPower
let their option (Plan B) go on this gravel pit once they knew they
had their planning permission for Thrupp Lake.
Radley Lakes argued that the void space should be used for NPower's
ash, and objected to the fact that thousands of lorries would be
allowed to deliver household waste to Sutton Courtenay. Strangely
the number of lorries purported by NPower to be needed last year,
was a determining factor in the Planning Committee's decision to
destroy Thrupp Lake, when NPower they said they would have a lorry
leaving the power station every eight minutes with fuel ash.
objections presented made no difference to the Tory led Councillors
who with Cllr Joslin, a labour councilor and a member of NPower's
Local Liaison Committee, determined that it would be alright to
have waste coming from Slough and elsewhere, and NPower could destroy
Thrupp Lake because it suited them commercially.
Councillor Hayward used his casting vote to defeat the motion for
a deferral of planning permission.
fact that Cllr Joslin did not leave the room during the discussions
and voted on an issue in which he clearly had an interest was in
sharp contrast to one of the other Councillors, Cllr Dryden, who
left the room because he had signed a Save Radley Lakes Petition.
If he had remained, the vote might have been different.
Joslin, having decided to throw his weight behind WRG then twittered
on about the number of lorries and hoped that they wouldn't be allowed
through the Ladygrove Estate.
again it seems the people of Oxfordshire are served by individuals
who do not bear the interests of the ratepayers at heart, only big