Transparency – not in the SDC vocabulary

Dear Residents,

It appears that Cllr Monk, Leader of Shepway Council is up to his old tricks again. If you thought about going along to the ‘Otterpool’ Cabinet meeting on the 7th March you may be faced with a firmly locked door to the public gallery. An eagle eyed local resident has contacted SDC with the email set out below:

 

Dear Mr Chambers

I can see from SDC’s website the meeting of the Cabinet regarding Otterpool will be behind closed doors.

See: http://www.shepway.gov.uk/moderngov/mgListPlanItems.aspx?PlanId=216&RP=142

I understand SDC will use LGA 1972 section 100A(3), and Paragraph 3 Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the LGA 1972

How are SDC allowed to use these sections of law when

Paragraph 9 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 states:

“9. Information is not exempt information if it relates to “proposed development” for which the local planning authority may grant itself planning permission pursuant to regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992.”

What legal precedent, if any, is SDC granting themselves permission to discuss these matters which relate to the proposed development of Otterpool Park, when Para 9 states very clearly that SDC Cabinet meeting behind closed doors relating to otterpool on the agenda cannot do this.

I look forward to your reply.

Regards

We await a reply from Jeremy Chambers, but in the meantime, please feel free to contact him yourselves at: jeremy.chambers@shepway.gov.uk

S&DRA

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