Posted by: John Brace | 22nd January 2018

David Ball briefed Wirral Council Planning Committee on upcoming judicial review

David Ball briefed Wirral Council Planning Committee on upcoming judicial review

                               

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Planning Committee (Wirral Council) 18th January 2018 Part 4 of 5

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Planning Committee (Wirral Council) 18th January 2018 Part 5 of 5

David Ball (left) explains about the judicial review to the Planning Committee (Wirral Council) 18th January 2018

David Ball (left) explains about the judicial review to the Planning Committee (Wirral Council) 18th January 2018

Unfortunately this blog post will have comments deliberately turned off as proceedings are classed as “active” in this matter at the time of publication. This is because of legal proceedings in the Administrative Court (Manchester) in which a hearing date has been set.

David Ball of Wirral Council (agenda item 17) gave an update to councillors on Wirral Council’s Planning Committee about the judicial review. You can watch what he said to councillors above.

A hearing date has been scheduled later in January 2018 at the Administrative Court in Manchester.

Wirral Council had withdrawn the first enforcement notice, but a second enforcement notice had been served.

The second notice limits the time for compliance to 3 months from the date that the notice takes effect.

He explained that the 3 month period starts 28 days after the service of the notice.

As a caveat the solicitor advising the Planning Committee pointed out that when enforcement notices are served, the individual (or body) that the notice is served on can appeal it.

A hearing date is scheduled for 31st January 2018. Presumably from the description given by David Ball it will be at Manchester Civil and Family Justice Centre, 1 Bridge Street West, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 9DJ. Unfortunately I do not know the time, length of the hearing or case number at this stage. The daily cause list for the Administrative Court (Manchester) sitting on the 31st January 2018 should be published on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

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  1. I see Wirral Council have a job post on Indeed, Its in the Legal Dept, wages start at £81 thousand rising to £92.
    I was thinking of applying, as i am honset and don’t tell lies!

    • Ahh you mean the Monitoring Officer and Assistant Director of Law and Governance post.

      It’s currently being done by a temp from Weightmans while they recruit someone.

      I cross examined the last person who had the permanent post (Surjit Tour) at a First-tier Tribunal hearing in 2016.

      I pointed out that in his witness statement he had got the date incorrect about when he started in post, which gave the impression he had been doing the job longer than he actually had (therefore exaggerating his expertise).

      He agreed with me that his witness statement was inaccurate.

      So I ended cross examination at that point. 😀

      He resigned last year though and no longer works for Wirral Council as he got a job at Sandwell Council.

      So honesty when being cross examined (if your witness statement is incorrect), can be embarrassing!


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