I do not normally respond to letters published in the media but in response to Mr Fox (“What do his constituents think?” 27th October) I moved the motion for the council not to hold any further public meetings as I was of the opinion that in these difficult financial times I could not justify scarce resources to another round of meetings.
That does not prevent others from doing so. Many in the community, on both sides of the issue, have expressed their views both at the round of meetings held last year, in the local media and individually to me and my colleagues. There are also several mechanisms available for those who wish to present their views either to the planning department or to the consents unit. I should also remind Mr Fox that the round of public meetings which were undertaken last year were the result of my intervention and amendment to a report where officers of the council were recommending that they make a submission on behalf of the council – not councillors (Min Ref 105/09 – SIC 15th July 2009). If I hadn’t made that amendment there would not have been any public meetings last year undertaken by this council.