8.10.2001 - Letter to Mayor Melvyn Howell, Chairman of Council Meeting 9 October 2001


THE TELEPHONE HOUSE NEIGHBOURS ASSOCIATION
37 Church Road
Royal Tunbridge Wells
TN1 1JT

e-mail: telephonehouse@cs.com
internet: http://uk.geocities.com/telephonehouse

Councillor Melvyn Howell
Chairman and Mayor
"Council Meeting on 9 October 2001"
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Town Hall TN1 1RS

8 October2001

Dear Sir

Questions from Members of the Public
Council Meeting on Tuesday 9 October 2001, 6 pm

Re: Operational Service Board Meeting 26 July 2001- Minutes (pages 73 - 79)
- Planning Appeal Decision Re Telephone House, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells (p 78 & 79)

We would like to put the following questions to Members of the Council:

  1. Has the report by the Director of Operational Services, requested by the Operational Services Board Meeting on 26th July, been published?
    If not, will Councillors authorise its publication please?

  2. Has the report OPS/01/07/09 of the Borough Secretary and Head of Planning and Building Control Services, presented to the OSB Meeting of 26th July, been published?
    If not, will Councillors please authorise publication?

  3. Will Councillors consider setting up an independent inquiry
    - firstly, to examine the conduct of council officers involved in the Telephone House Development and in the Draft Local Plan Review Policy H6(a) and
    - secondly, to make recommendations, if necessary, for their future conduct in relation to similar developments throughout the Borough?

Yours faithfully
Annemarie Topliss
Secretary

cc: Cllrs. L. Price, D. Wakefield, K. Lynes


COMMENT

The questions were "stood over" until the next Council Meeting 4 December 2001.

On 4 December 2001: question 1)
was obsolete as the report of Mr Haynes, Director of Operational Services, was published on 27 November 2001.

On 4 December 2001: question 2) was answered by Cllr. Paul Oliver-Smith, Chairman of Operational Services Board:
- "The Report weakens the Councilís position - therefore the monitoring officer recommended not to circulate it to your group."

On 4 December 2001: question 3) was answered by Cllr. Paul Oliver-Smith, Chairman of Operational Services Board:
- "I shall keep it under review, but I think it will be unnecessary depending on the outcome of item 11 of this evening's agenda (Cllr. Bullock's motion)."



Continue with: Letter to Mayor, Melvyn Howell
Chairman of Council Meeting 9 October 2001

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's Internal Inquiry into the Telephone House Debacle
question 1)

27.11.2001 - Director of Operational Services, John Haynes' Report into the Telephone House planning application / planning appeal

Could the Inspector's decisions have been challenged ?
question 2) - NOT the Report, but

The Minutes of Operational Services Board Meeting, 26 July 2001:
- Planning Appeal Decision for Telephone House, Church Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells