|Still waiting for Council to take action|
Where I live there is a narrow dirt path which connects the road I live on to the main road where there is a row of shops. My neighbours and I use the path often. A few years back, the local convenience store opened another branch at one end of this dirt path on the main road: as part of the works they paved over one half of the path with some nice concrete slabs. But no one – that is the Ipswich Borough Council’s planning department – thought it wise to either force the local convenience store, through what’s called a Section 106 agreement, to pave over the remainder of the path or do it themselves with all that lovely taxpayers money they have taken off local residents.
|It is already illegal to park here!|
Now when I was a councillor I actually chaired a committee at the Borough Council which APPROVED, over two years ago, a scheme to pave the second half of the dirt path. But due to the elongated decision-making process, the decision made at my committee had to go up to the Executive committee (also known as the Cabinet) for Executive councillors to approve. Due to some bureaucratic hold-ups it didn’t get to Executive until February this year but they approved it without even a whimper – but that wasn’t the end of the story. The Council’s legal advisor – the same legal advisor who does not know the rules of Council meetings – said the decision ALSO had to be taken at a full meeting of all 48 Ipswich Borough Councillors. When it got to the full council meeting in March this year we all approved it unanimously. And now eight months later not one concrete slab has been laid.
I have instructed Legal to make a footpath creation order for the alleyway between Gladstone and Foxhall Road.
The order will be advertised shortly and if there are no objections we will be able to implement the scheme without the need to gain Secretary of State approval, which was the original thought and has delayed things somewhat.
Funding for the scheme has been approved by the Community Improvements Team and is still ring-fenced to this project.