As a newly-elected district councillor for Huthwaite & Brierley, I am deeply concerned about the number of phone calls I have received from my constituents alleging that Liberal Democrat councillors have apparently been knocking on doors in Huthwaite and advising residents that myself and my Labour colleagues are supporting all planning applications that have come in for Huthwaite & Brierely. The simple truth is that planning committees are quasi – judicial which in plain English means they are a non-political so as a Labour Group we would not be able to support all applications.
Each application is looked at separately by the councillors in that area and if they feel the need to call the application in to a planning meeting then they do so.
A discussion then takes place between officer sand councillors and the general public also have a chance to express their opinions and finally, after considering all the arguments, a vote takes place.
Prior to any planning meeting as responsible district councillors myself and Cllr Maxwell will always try and contact as many people in the local area who may be affected by the application to hear their views on the matter and as we get a free vote on the matter we will do so on behalf of the people who elected us.
I find it very disappointing that after a very difficult general and district election campaign that allegations of this kind have been made about what would be outrageous comments about their opposition.
If these allegations/reports are indeed true, it is a shame.
Coun Lee Anderson
Ashfield District Council member for Huthwaite