Why the delay?

Contributed by editor on May 23, 2004 - 11:44 AM

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<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>WHY THE DELAY?

<FONT face=Arial color=black>Hawkinge Parish Council Chairman David Callahan will be asking why he was not informed of Shepway's decision to refuse planning approval of the proposed Lidl Supermarket.

<FONT face=Arial color=black>The decision was made o­n the 5th May but it was not until today (23 May) that the district councillor and member of the Shepway Development Control Committee was told of the ruling by the Hawkinge Gazette when we asked for his comments o­n the decision.

<FONT face=Arial color=black>Cllr Callahan said: "Without knowing all the facts, I find it dissappointing that the application had been found to breach the rules of the employment land and it was refused, o­n the face of it, o­n what appear to be technicalities.

<FONT face=Arial color=black>"I will be asking questions of Shepway Council as to why a member of the Development Control Committee was not updated o­n developments" he said.

<FONT face=Arial color=black>Fellow councillor and member of the Development Control Committee Peter Smith told the Gazette he was aware of the decision, but that he o­nly knew of it after the Parish Council meeting o­n 12 May.