Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Public inquiry called for over Warrington Council planning row

AN independently chaired public inquiry should be held over the ongoing row about the destruction of planning records at Warrington Borough Council.

That is the view of Warrington’s Liberal Democrats who will make the demand at Monday’s full council meeting.

 Clr Bob Barr, (LD Lymm) said: “Faith in Warrington’s planning service has been seriously shaken by the recent Local Government Ombudsman’s report that highlights serious maladministration.

My comment: Whilst the Local Government Ombudsman may have reported maladministration and recommended compensation to the individuals who complained they are clearly a waste of time as far as ensuring the the underlying problem within Warrington Council are resolved. Why an earth did the Local Government Ombudsman not call the Police in when they discovered the council had acted illegally and destroyed documents they were legally obliged to keep? 

Read the full story from the source Warrington Guardian

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UPDATE 29th June 2011: AN independent inquiry into the binning of planning documents and the handling of planning complaints from Culcheth residents will now go ahead.

Council leader Clr Terry O’Neill announced the move after a crescendo of calls for concerns raised in the Local Government Ombudsman to be examined externally.

My comment: Warrington Council allow a developer to do something that they shouldn't have, they ignore all complaints about the problem for as long as they can. Then all planning records are destroyed. Yet no one up to now appears to have considered the obvious possibility that a corrupt planning officers took a bung and then destroyed the evidence to cover it up. Why no Police investigation?

Read the full story from the source This is Cheshire

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