Archive for October 2016

Double counting

Despite a marked lack of co-operation from both Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire county councils, I have now managed to piece together a reasonably clear picture with regard to the Property Development Fund grant for the office block in Johnston. The starting point is the report to PCC’s cabinet on 5 January 2015 which set out the... Read More »

Live now – pay later

As a result of answers provided by Cllr Jamie Adams to my questions at yesterday’s council meeting, we now know that two-and-a-half years after Mr Cathal McCosker offered to repay £184,000 in grant monies for four properties in Pembroke Dock, only £25,000 has been collected. I should say that these questions followed Mark Twain’s injunction that... Read More »

One law for us…

There have been quite a few occasions lately when important questions depended on the interpretation of constitutional issues by the judges. During the Labour leadership contest, m’learned friends were called into action to first decide whether Mr Corbyn as the sitting leader needed the signatures of 15% of MPs (he didn’t) and whether the party... Read More »

Milking the system

Well over 90% of all planning applications are determined by planning officers acting under delegated powers. Certain types of development – large housing sites and industrial developments, applications submitted by council members, etc – are reserved for the planning committee, but all the rest are determined by planning officers in private. Prior to 2002, when the... Read More »