POOTER COCKELL HAS TAKEN THE ADVICE OF HIS DEAR FRIEND, THE DAME. HE WILL BE ANNOUNCING HE HAS TAKEN HER ADVICE AND WILL NOT ATTEND THE PLANNING COMMITTEE...
ANOTHER VICTORY FOR THE DEAR OLD THING!
On April 8th the Planning Committee meet to discuss various applications. So far....so boring.
However, there are two controversial applications for a property at 19 Hillgate St, Notting Hill.
If granted neighbours will suffer from a substantial loss of amenities....including loss of light and privacy.
One of the neighbours, a Mr Donald Cameron, has robustly protested about the way the applicant has applied for planning permission. He believes it to be a manipulation of the planning system.
But leave all that to one side: consider instead a far more controversial aspect.
Mr Cameron, a long term Conservative Party member, is well known to Councillor Cockell.
There is no love lost and much bad blood between these two. Why so?
Over the years, Mr Cameron, the retired CEO of an international communications group, has led a campaign to oust Cllr Cockell as leader of the Council on the grounds that:
- Fourteen years was far too long for him to squat
- That his allowances(sometimes totalling £120,00 a year) were totally unacceptable
- And that he abused his expenses and the Mayoral Bentley
On April 8th Cllr Cockell will be a member of the Planning Committee considering an application which could have serious consequences for Mr Cameron.
There is no suggestion that Cllr Cockell will be petty enough to use his position to get his own back, but it would be much more sensible if Cllr Cockell did not deliberate on an application which he is so conflicted on.
So step aside Cllr Cockell!