Residents unhappy at plans to build houses and factories close to their homes are going to find it harder than ever to have their say. At a Council meeting last night, despite serious concerns having been raised earlier at a cross-party scrutiny meeting, the ruling Group on North West Leicestershire District Council voted to restrict residents access to the Planning Committee.
At a meeting of the Council on Tuesday 17th November, Tory Councillors forced through draconian changes to the Council’s Constitution. From now on, only the local ward Councillor will be allowed to call an application in to the Planning Committee where residents can go head to head with developers and explain their concerns.
Blackfordby Councillor Sue McKendrick, Leader of the Labour Group said "NWL Tories forced through ‘single member wards’ in NWL in May 2015. If a ward Member is now away on holiday, unwell or just unwilling to support residents' concerns, they will no longer be able to approach a neighbouring Councillor for support. I am surprised that those Councillors who raised concerns at scrutiny went meekly along with the Tory Whip on such a serious issue."
A recorded vote was taken and residents will be able to see from the Minutes when they are published if their Councillor went along with this idea.