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The missing strategy

12.21.09 | 1 Comment

The council’s Open Space Strategy is supposed to inform decisions about, erm, open space in West Lancashire. 

It’s supposed to inform the ongoing and delayed Local Plan process, and it’s supposed to have informed a discussion last week at full council about playing fields in West Lancashire which I can’t mention too much because it was on ‘pink paper’ as confidential.  I mentioned it in the debate .  I can’t be sure, but I suspect the Tories didn’t even know what I was talking about.

The only slight problem is that it still doesn’t exist, nearly a year after it should have done.   The council has paid thousands of pounds in consultacy fees for it, and it was due for delivery on January/February 2009. 

I”ve followed up regularly ever since as I’m interested to see what it has to say, and I am told a draft arrived with officer in October, around 8 months late.   That’s as far as it’s got.  No councillor has seen it to the best of my knowledge, and my suggestion in last week’s debate that it might have been useful to have it to hand went unanswered. 

I’m told it might see the light of day in January 2010, a year later than it should have done.

It’s not officers’ fault.  They’re doing what they can in the planning division.  They’re understaffed and overwhelmed.  

Because of this important decisions affecting the lives of people in West Lancashire for many years to come may be made wrongly because of incorrect information.

This Tory council is incompetent.

Next up – what happened to that community transport scheme from over a year ago?

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