Holgate is a very decent old cove. Everyday he must rue the day he took on the poisoned chalice of clerking the rotten borough. How he must miss the refinement of Whitehall....clever colleagues etc.
But it seems our gullible Town Clerk has been duped by his underlings... yet again
In his letter to Greg Hands, he assures the MP that the Council checked no further land disposal consents were required for the Marlborough redevelopment, but that the Department for Education contacted them out of the blue, insisting they make a belated S77 application for disposal of playground.
However these two emails from the Department for Education paint a very different picture – they show that the Council was warned not once but twice in 2013, that they would need to apply for playground disposal SEPARATELY.
Was their failure to apply a DELIBERATE act or an act of STUPIDITY? In any case the "legal advisers" ought to be given the heave-ho.
The Council was caught red-handed by the DfE, about to dump a commercial block on school playground without consent and without the 6-week public consultation that now ends on November 6th.
There is still time to email your objections to the Council, condemning this murky business and insisting that the playground be preserved for the school children: write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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