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Councillors say they visited Hempsted house plan site in their own time after no show at site visit

By citizenmike  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson, Public Affairs reporter

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Land near Rectory Lane

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SOME councillors did visit the site of a controversial Hempsted housing application despite none of them turning up for a site visit.

Councillor Gordon Taylor, chairman of the city council’s planning committee, said that several councillors visited the lane off Rectory Lane in their own time rather than attending a planned site visit on April 14.

The site visit was called for councillors who were unhappy with the application, which was eventually refused. But nobody turned up to look at where the three-bedroom house would be situated.

Mr Taylor said: “To put the facts straight, this application came to last month’s committee and prior to the meeting I and several other members viewed the site.

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“Those of us that did visit were very concerned about the application having seen the site to be impacted. I proposed that the application be deferred to the following month to allow other members a chance to visit.

“It’s true that a site visit was arranged and no one turned up at that time. Those that had already been didn’t need to go again as nothing had changed since their first visit. Others members who didn’t attend on the set date made their own arrangements to visit.”

All councillors who visited the site in their own time refused the application at a meeting last week.

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  • MikeMorrisOBE  |  May 10 2014, 8:43PM

    Does anyone believe what politicians say anymore? I know I don't. Vote Hanman. lol

  • GlosAnarchy  |  May 10 2014, 8:09AM

    I think their non attendance is very good ammunition for an appeal, how much has this arranged site visit that they could not get off their gravy train to attend cost us?

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  • Kay_Powell  |  May 09 2014, 9:13PM

    This makes no sense. The site visit was arranged specifically for the councillors who were unhappy about the application. None of them attended at the arranged time, and yet they turned down the application. What did they think that the arranged site visit was for?

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  • Lecorche  |  May 09 2014, 4:03PM

    Never trust a politician. You know something is true when it's officially denied.

  • JemmyWood  |  May 09 2014, 2:23PM

    What proof do we have that the councillors visited as they claim? Not that I'm saying they are lying of course, becuase City councillors are upstanding bastions of society ( cough cough ahem), but how about they come forward and tell us when and at what time they did visit and how long they were there for?

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