Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Media Release: Lib Dem Councillor Slams #WestBerks Council for Spin in Housing Sites Media Release

I issued the following media release today:

Lib Dem Councillor Slams West Berkshire Council for Spin in Housing Sites Media Release

Alan Macro, Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Housing and Planning on West Berkshire Council, has slammed the Council for "spin" in a Council media release about the timetable for the allocation of housing sites. He said "from their self-congratulatory media release, you would never guess that the date for submission of the housing sites has been delayed by at least nine months. They originally aimed for the Council to agree on which of the sites should be
at its meeting last December. Now they are aiming for this autumn. What is worse, they refused our request to allow a couple of extra weeks for people to respond to last summer's consultation because a decision was "urgent". We wanted that extra time because the consultation period was over the school holiday period and we wanted everybody to have the opportunity to fully look at the proposals and comment on them. We now know that claim of urgency was hypocritical".

He added that "the affected communities will now be in limbo for months because they will not know if sites near them will be selected for housing. The Council really ought to have put more resources into processing the consultation responses to avoid this long delay".   

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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