LETTER: Council defence

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It would appear that last week’s Herald (July 9) is full of ‘get the council’.

The report on the ‘Wild Life’ feedback meeting gave the impression that councillors were part of its organisation.

As the chairman of the Licensing Committee rightly pointed out, the meeting was organised by SJM to collect feed-back from the public.

Mr Rosenberg appeared to use his position, as chairman of the Shoreham Society, to castigate the council for not organising it.

I, as a member of the Shoreham Society, have spoken to one or two members and was informed that this was Mr Rosenberg’s personal opinion and did not represent the members.

Perhaps SJM would like to ask the Shoreham Society to organise a constructive meeting.

Mr Mendoza’s column is unbelievable.

I am told that he has, a couple of times, been on councils and should know that councillors actions are covered by many restrictions put in place by the government.

Officers are the experts who interpret these rules.

Sometimes committees can disagree with the officer and if a reasonable reason can be given then an alternative decision can be reached.

In my experience this has happened on a number of occasions in planning matters.

When declining a planning application, good acceptable reasons have to be given, and usually are.

The applicant then has the chance to appeal.

A bad example of the appeal is Brighton & Hove Albion football stadium.

One man, the Labour Deputy Prime Minister, overturned the application declined by Brighton & Hove City Council.

Was that fair? I could not possibly comment.

Brian Coomber

Adur District Councillor

St Nicolas Ward

Buckingham Road

Shoreham

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