Posted by: John Brace | 14th January 2020

Wirral Council councillors agree to consult on 3 options for Local Plan (1A (urban intensification), 2A (dispersed greenbelt release) and 2B (single urban extension))

Wirral Council councillors agree to consult on 3 options for Local Plan (1A (urban intensification), 2A (dispersed greenbelt release) and 2B (single urban extension))

                                       

Mayor Cllr Tony Smith (13th January 2020) Wirral Council Local Plan meeting

Mayor Cllr Tony Smith (13th January 2020) Wirral Council Local Plan meeting

By John Brace – Local Government Sketch Writer

The public gallery was full – so full some of the public were sent to a different room at Wallasey Town Hall.

Even the prayers at the start were about climate change.

Five councillors because of their close associations with property developers left the room after the hastily reordered business of appointing people to make recommendations on councillors’ pay and allowances.

Once the meeting got going it was noticed that Inspector Gadget had developed a fault. Even Chief Quimby was taken by surprise and had the meeting adjourned until 6.25 pm.

So would Penny and the Brain save the day (and the greenbelt) from Dr Claw and his developers?

Would the local be put back in Local Plan?

Was this becoming all just a little too melodramatic?

Later in the meeting (frustrated at his plan not going to plan) Inspector Gadget said, “This is too much of an important subject to be scoring political points about to be talking and playing to the gallery! We have a duty and responsibility here in this Council to work together to make sure we get this Local Plan through!”

Oh dear! Has this become Wirral Council’s Brexit?

Dragging on for years? Check.
Negotiating with a political power of a different political persuasion and blaming it all on them? Check.
Being accused of dragging the process out? Check.
Everybody having a different view as to what should be in the Local Plan? Check.

Oh dear!

Councillors agreed to consult with the public starting on the 27th January 2020 on three options (1A (urban intensification), 2A (dispersed greenbelt release) and 2B (single urban extension). The consultation options can be read on Wirral Council’s website.

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