Is This The Shortest Planning Meeting, Asks Councillor?

wesleyan chapel 3Has Scilly’s Council set the World record for the shortest Planning meeting?

That was the question asked by Cllr James Francis after last Thursday’s session, which saw four planning applications reviewed in just eight-and-a-half minutes.

Two – for a new agricultural building on The Garrison and a couple of dormer windows on a property at Parsons Field – were approved in the first 4 minutes and 40 seconds.

And agreement for a wooden storage shed in the back yard of Mr B’s restaurant on Hugh Street took just 1 minute and 13 seconds.

The application that threatened to delay the proceedings was an extension to the rear of a house at Ennor Close.

Planning officers thought it was too close to the neighbouring boundary and would cast a shadow into their garden. They recommended delaying the decision until a future meeting.

But a last minute amendment saw the wall pushed back by 50cm.

That kept everybody happy and councillors nodded it through.



15 Responses to Is This The Shortest Planning Meeting, Asks Councillor?

  1. Margaret Davis February 2, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Gordon, you are right ! Today the public relies on the information available by IT and local radio ! Why does this Council not try to embrace these technologies efficiently .
    The web site is not kept up to date and the u-tube version appears days later and It does not always cover a complete meeting. The records of meetings have been months out of date for years!

    I know what their answer will be ! Saving money ?? and nobody is interested !
    There are a considerable number of people who are concerned for the future of these
    islands!

  2. Ian T. February 2, 2016 at 9:06 am

    There have been no comments on the subject matter of this item – only sniping at the inefficiencies of the council. Surely, a short to the point meeting means that the planning committee members had done their homework beforehand (which is what they should do) and didn’t spend hours nitpicking over the applications which, from my experience of planning meetings and meetings in general, is what tends to happen most of the time. Happy(Chinese) New Year to all my readers even those who think I have no right to comment.

    • Gordon Bilsborough February 2, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Thank you, Ian T. You are right. There were only four straightforward planning applications to determine, backed by detailed reports. The committee meeting was chaired very well by Councillor Gaz O’Neill with his customary “no nonsense” efficiency. The usual anonymous negative snipers should have looked at the webcast of the meeting before commenting.

      • MT Vessel February 2, 2016 at 8:09 pm

        It must have been a straightforward and very uncontroversial meeting if you managed to both turn up and vote with your conscience.

      • Jonny Exile February 4, 2016 at 8:18 am

        Please don’t encourage him Gordon. We’ve got the Council Tax setting process coming up and we desperately need a proper debate and scrutiny of Leijser’s spending rather than the usual slap-dash rush to approve everything that’s stuck in front of members.

    • lambsy February 2, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Perhaps something that irks those of us who live here and are subject to the vagaries of this haphazard council are that our councillors didn’t stand up and damn well insist that their views were considered when the airport was progressed they just rolled over and let others do what they wanted, result crazy building grossly overspent. YOU don’t live with the repeated nonsense and failure!

  3. Why do we tolerate them ? January 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Madam chairman you have a lot to answer for.

    How right you are .

    But answer she will not

    • Charmed January 29, 2016 at 10:08 am

      I don’t see why it is the Chairman’s fault. To a large degree the chairperson can only act on the information given to her by the Council. Trying to get reliable, accurate information out of them is near impossible.

      Perhaps all you critics would prefer to be chairperson instead? No, I thought not, too cowardly, far easier to sit behind a keyboard and snipe and moan about facts which you have completely no idea.

      So before all the negative comments come in, think, would you be prepared to stand for election and receive all the hostile comments, deal with a council that really doesn’t have the necessary qualified staff and doesn’t always operate within the required framework?

      Fuse lit off you go.

      • Elderflower January 29, 2016 at 2:16 pm

        Our present chairman was the principal player who oversaw the introduction of the current regime, the outcome of which has been a conveyor belt of embarrassing cock ups and grotesque overspends.
        Once adamant about what she perceived as high salaries she is now happy to pay much more (110k CE) to many more, for far less. Officers are running rings around her and because she has no grip on things local democracy is being side lined or only receiving lip service.
        Whilst she was always confident about her own importance she gravely overestimated her ability. Sadly she and those she has chosen to surround herself with lack both experience and credibility.

        • Charmed January 29, 2016 at 6:57 pm

          which is why this council must be disbanded before any more money is wasted.

  4. Margaret Keppler January 28, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Yes and the arrivals door has been jammed open for months so the wind whistles through, on the upside the one heater is going flat out which helps to keep the boiler busy! They couldn’t organise an alcoholic imbibication based social gathering in a brewery!

  5. Voxpop January 28, 2016 at 12:59 am

    This meeting still managed to spend longer debating a fifty centimeter reduction than it did on the whole airport ‘Ice Palace’ carbuncle c/w limbo under doors and wind tunnel baggage reclaim!
    What a shower we have in power, if they knew what they were doing they would be ashamed of what they have done.
    Madam chairman you have a lot to answer for.

    • Fred Up February 1, 2016 at 12:03 am

      You can’t really blame Madman Chairman for everything, once the councillors voted for the Ice Palace the work was handed over to the officers…….need I say more.

      • Adam Morton, St.Martins February 1, 2016 at 8:06 am

        I think that was rather the point! They didn’t vote for it , the officers drove it through on permitted development. These officers & ones from related quangos are also the self proclaimed experts trying to drive through-by laws on the local IFCA. The officers seem to operate entirely on their own agendas and are accountable to no one. The Councillors selected them and then lost control as the officers run rings around them. Time people asked to see some actual qualifications!

      • Geoff Seasick February 1, 2016 at 3:05 pm

        You most certainly can blame her, she was significant in reshaping the council into a less efficient, more accident prone, under achieving laughing stock!