Lobbying …..

31 May

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/10091781/Patrick-Mercer-MP-signed-a-contract-with-a-bogus-lobbying-company-undercover-photographs-show.html

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6 Responses to “Lobbying …..”

  1. Treacle Miner June 1, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    What has this to do with Sidmouth?

  2. sidmouthsid June 1, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    The ethics of lobbying is a hot topic in Sidmouth viz the council and the East Devon Business Forum and its Chairman Graham Brown. EDBF was instrumental in persuading the council to include land at Sidford Fiellds for industrial development.

  3. Marker June 1, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    Errrr re EDBF, I don’t think it was instrumental in any planning gain.. The Sidford Fields fiasco was delivered by parties not associated by EDBF…

    • sidmouthsid June 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

      Could you tell us more about what you mean by “the Sidford Fields fiasco”, Marker?

      Wasn’t it EDBF, then chaired by now disgraced ex-Councillor Graham Brown, who via their employment land input helped to create what most observers feel is the very large over-provision of employment land in the Local Plan? Or did the figures come from elsewhere….perhaps from the Independent consultants paid for by EDDC?

  4. Marker June 2, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    You need to look at who actually put the site forward for inclusion Mr Sid. EDBF although opaque was not responsible for the allocation… Everyone is focussing on G Brown. They are missing the point… It may give blood lust satisfaction for swivel eyed loons but it betrays the facts… Back to my ice cream at Orcombe Point… Yum yum…

  5. Dougal June 10, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Marker has a very restricted recollection of events over the past few years.
    Who was chairman of EDBF – and chairman of the LDF during the period when (secret) meetings addressed employment land allocations?
    How many regular attendees of EDBF have had land allocated in the Local Plan?
    Which company was regularly represented on EDBF during this period – and is proposing to develop the land in the AONB at Sidford?

    Most people would have great difficulty in claiming there weren’t any links here – unless they were kept in a dungeon at the Knowle and briefed only by Diviani and friends.

    No prizes offered as too many of you will get the answers straightaway.

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