Stay-away councillors pose planning hitch

PUBLISHED: 11:56 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 10 June 2010

FOR the second time this year not enough town planners attended last week's meeting to make any decisions. Half-a-dozen councillors turned out last Monday, fewer than half of the 14-member committee. But the minimum number, or quorum, to make any recommen

FOR the second time this year not enough town planners attended last week's meeting to make any decisions.Half-a-dozen councillors turned out last Monday, fewer than half of the 14-member committee.But the minimum number, or quorum, to make any recommendations to the district council is eight - two more than the number of councillors who showed up. And with the exception of an advertising consent and tree preservation orders, the decisions were all recommendations.Councillors had to delay making a final judgment on recommendations until the next meeting on November 10.In March councillor Richard Turner said: "This is a farce. People have put in and paid for these applications and expect us to deal with them properly - and not enough councillors are here to make the decisions."I feel uncomfortable making these decisions without knowing all the facts. People deserve better.

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