Friday, July 28, 2006

Planning mtg, Whitstable, Casework

Bit of a time since my last posting - sorry.
Planning mtg last Thursday - long mtg with lots of cases (none in Ladywell). V difficult balancing act - can't reject applications without good reason under planning regulations or council is at risk of getting sued, however vociferously neighbours may object. Also can't currently oppose application on grounds that there is no renewable energy requirement, but hopefully this will change when the local development framework is revised.

Saturday was Lewisham Green Party's annual outing to Whitstable and despite the weather forecast it stayed dry and we all had a good swim in the sea and laze around on the beach. I would highly recommend Whitstable as a day trip, easy to get to (train from Crofton Park, change at Bromley South).

Lots of casework recently, on a variety of issues - query re trees being cut down on Chudleigh Rd (due to protruding roots), someone chasing a freedom of information request they hadn't received (data now sent, but a complaint has been lodged with the Information Commissioner) question re road resurfacing, maintenence issues in a sheltered housing complex, someone who'd been waiting 2 years for the council to send a bill for work done to her property, someone wanting info on solar panels . . .

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