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Sir Humphrey’s contempt for elected representatives: Part VII

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On Sunday I blogged that the third consultation period for the path expired on 29th June and, as Holywells Councillor Liz Harsant told me, there were no objections by residents.

Newly elected Holywells Councillor Pam Stewart contacted the officer in charge of the footpath creation scheme for an update.

His reply is re-produced below:

Now that the date of 29/06 has come and gone, I have requested that the final design for the footpath be undertaken as a matter of urgency to enable programming by Highway Services team for construction.

have copied the officer dealing with this scheme into this email so you can contact him directly.  I will also request that he keeps you informed of scheme progress

So we still have no clear date when the works, approved by elected representatives from all political parties at my Committee in August 2009, will take place.

This is becoming a bit of a joke. This dirt track was approved for paving by elected representatives of the appropriate Ipswich Borough Council committee, was approved by all 48 elected representatives of the Full Council, was legally cleared for progression on 18th May this year and has completed three consultation periods and still we have no idea when the first paving slab will be laid.


The contempt for democracy by officers at Ipswich Borough Council is quite disgraceful. I wonder if the 
path was in Gipping Ward or Gainsborugh Ward we would have had such foot-dragging behaviour from the mandarins at Grafton House.

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Author: gavinmaclure

IT professional; political blogger, former Conservative councillor

3 thoughts on “Sir Humphrey’s contempt for elected representatives: Part VII

  1. Come on Gav,we only have a little time. I'll meet you up Wickes at 7 and we can get the gravel. I think we'll need both cars!

  2. Unfortunately Gavin I suspect you would find, if you asked Labour members, that they struggle just as much to get things done in their wards. At least that is the excuse they give me for doing bugger all for four years then expecting people to vote for them…

  3. Pingback: The never ending story of a footpath, or, the ultimate in pavement politics | Ipswich Spy

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