Council's last meeting prior to Christmas was an extended one with some tough decisions required of those assembled.
The nursing home on Cormiston Road has become a contentious issue. It was decided that Council must come to a decision based on planning rules rather than any sense of personal response to the design. If an application is refused on anything other than proper grounds, it can be taken to a planning tribunal where it may be passed, with legal costs incurred.
My own final amendment to increase parking by a further five spaces brought a long debate to a close and enabled the application to be passed. I am certain this will go to the tribunal and I will watch it with interest.
Other items on the agenda passed unanimously without much debate.
On the morning of Council meetings, Councillors hold workshop meetings and discuss many of the matters coming before Council later in the day. Council staff and management are often involved in discussion and asked to provide extra information or plans. This may give the impression that some issues are decided in advance of Council's meeting. However, like any organisation, much of the work is in the preparation.
Councillor for the West Tamar
Update on Cormiston Road Nursing Home
13 March 2015