MP calls for investigation into U's planning decision

MP calls for investigation into U's planning decision

Tim Young has defended Colchester Council's decision to allow Colchester United to use its Tiptree training ground for longer.

Priti Patel, whose Witham constituency covers the village, has called for an investigation into how the U’s application was dealt with.

First published in News

AN MP has accused Colchester Council of “failing to do a proper job” when it granted permission for a football club to use its village training ground for longer.

Councillors gave the green light for Colchester United to increase the number of hours players can use the Florence Park training ground, in Grange Road, Tiptree.

But now MP Priti Patel, whose Witham constituency covers the village, has called for an investigation into how the U’s application was dealt with.

She said: “I have lodged a formal complaint to the council’s Chief Executive and have asked that the independent Local Government Ombudsman intervenes as local residents have no confidence in the council.”

She added: “Residents have been badly let down by Colchester Council, who have failed to do a proper job with this application.

“Residents have no confidence in the council and it now needs to take a long hard look at itself and how it has handled this issue, which has been shambolic from the start.”

A spokesman for the Local Government Ombudsman confirmed a complaint has been received.

But Tim Young, borough councillor responsible for planning, has defended the decision.

“Raising the issue like this is fanciful and gives the residents false hope,” said Mr Young.

He added: “The council has done nothing wrong and I am absolutely and totally satisfied that we have done everything by the book."

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7:06pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Ontheball says...

Stop throwing your toys out of your pram Patel. You didn't get YOUR own way and you don't like it. Tough!
Stop throwing your toys out of your pram Patel. You didn't get YOUR own way and you don't like it. Tough! Ontheball
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8:20pm Tue 15 Jan 13

whittle1 says...

She's absolutely right. It's about time someone stood up to the bullying led by Cowling and his failing football club.
She's absolutely right. It's about time someone stood up to the bullying led by Cowling and his failing football club. whittle1
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8:31pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

She may have a point because CBC have history when it comes to CUFC. The councils own planning application for the stadium a few years ago was suspect when the planning committee ignored previous conditions placed on the application and pushed it through, ignoring those conditions.

CBC also ignored recommendations made by ECC regarding necessary highway improvements and to this day, nearly 5 years on, those improvements have still not been carried out.
She may have a point because CBC have history when it comes to CUFC. The councils own planning application for the stadium a few years ago was suspect when the planning committee ignored previous conditions placed on the application and pushed it through, ignoring those conditions. CBC also ignored recommendations made by ECC regarding necessary highway improvements and to this day, nearly 5 years on, those improvements have still not been carried out. Say It As It Is OK?
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8:39pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

I might add, had our own Colchester MP taken the matter seriously both at the time and subsequently then those highway improvements may have been carried out by now.
I might add, had our own Colchester MP taken the matter seriously both at the time and subsequently then those highway improvements may have been carried out by now. Say It As It Is OK?
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10:16pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Feisty CBC says...

Oh strewth! Another pic of Tim Young:(
Pass me a picture of Julie and then pass me the sick bucket :(
Oh strewth! Another pic of Tim Young:( Pass me a picture of Julie and then pass me the sick bucket :( Feisty CBC
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11:55pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Boris says...

Feisty CBC wrote:
Oh strewth! Another pic of Tim Young:(
Pass me a picture of Julie and then pass me the sick bucket :(
An understandable reaction, Feisty. But you can click the picture and see Priti instead. However, while she is prettier, her policies are even less pretty.
[quote][p][bold]Feisty CBC[/bold] wrote: Oh strewth! Another pic of Tim Young:( Pass me a picture of Julie and then pass me the sick bucket :([/p][/quote]An understandable reaction, Feisty. But you can click the picture and see Priti instead. However, while she is prettier, her policies are even less pretty. Boris
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3:37am Wed 16 Jan 13

Wayland says...

whittle1 wrote:
She's absolutely right. It's about time someone stood up to the bullying led by Cowling and his failing football club.
Failing because of NIMBY'S like you!
They can train in my back garden if they like! I get more noise from the local business park (which i also acknowledge and support).

She's only Right in acknowledging that there are pathetic complainers who hate to see anything bloom or progress.We should be proud that we have a league one football team.They won't be here forever.And with comments like yours, it's not hard to understand why!
[quote][p][bold]whittle1[/bold] wrote: She's absolutely right. It's about time someone stood up to the bullying led by Cowling and his failing football club.[/p][/quote]Failing because of NIMBY'S like you! They can train in my back garden if they like! I get more noise from the local business park (which i also acknowledge and support). She's only Right in acknowledging that there are pathetic complainers who hate to see anything bloom or progress.We should be proud that we have a league one football team.They won't be here forever.And with comments like yours, it's not hard to understand why! Wayland
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8:56am Wed 16 Jan 13

wellnow says...

She and the residents have got it wrong? Col u training ground in tiptree with the plethora space around the whcs.I also think questions should be asked.
She and the residents have got it wrong? Col u training ground in tiptree with the plethora space around the whcs.I also think questions should be asked. wellnow
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9:31am Wed 16 Jan 13

Bert_Stimpson says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
I might add, had our own Colchester MP taken the matter seriously both at the time and subsequently then those highway improvements may have been carried out by now.
I expect our own Colchester MP will remain silent on this matter. I believe his son was the Colchester Council planning officer involved in the decision to lift the restrictions on the training ground.

Small world isn't it.

I do look forward to the planning battles when the housing starts being built in Tiptree. Should be fun.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: I might add, had our own Colchester MP taken the matter seriously both at the time and subsequently then those highway improvements may have been carried out by now.[/p][/quote]I expect our own Colchester MP will remain silent on this matter. I believe his son was the Colchester Council planning officer involved in the decision to lift the restrictions on the training ground. Small world isn't it. I do look forward to the planning battles when the housing starts being built in Tiptree. Should be fun. Bert_Stimpson
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5:02pm Wed 16 Jan 13

jim_bo says...

Terribly small world Bert.

Sir Bob won't make much noise now from the sidelines as he has his gong which was in return for his silence.

If I was a betting man, i'd put money on him standing down at the next election.
Terribly small world Bert. Sir Bob won't make much noise now from the sidelines as he has his gong which was in return for his silence. If I was a betting man, i'd put money on him standing down at the next election. jim_bo
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5:55pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Boris says...

jim_bo wrote:
Terribly small world Bert.

Sir Bob won't make much noise now from the sidelines as he has his gong which was in return for his silence.

If I was a betting man, i'd put money on him standing down at the next election.
By continuing to toe the Coalition's line, he will no doubt be hoping for an upgrade to Lord. I suspect he will stand again, get beaten, and then become Baron Bob in the "Dissolution Honours".
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He ought not to pronounce either way on a Tiptree matter, as it is outside his constituency. Admittedly he has already pronounced on the deleterious Horkesley Park project, which suggests he might say somethng about Tiptree too, but since he and Cowling are not on speaking terms, this seems unlikely.
[quote][p][bold]jim_bo[/bold] wrote: Terribly small world Bert. Sir Bob won't make much noise now from the sidelines as he has his gong which was in return for his silence. If I was a betting man, i'd put money on him standing down at the next election.[/p][/quote]By continuing to toe the Coalition's line, he will no doubt be hoping for an upgrade to Lord. I suspect he will stand again, get beaten, and then become Baron Bob in the "Dissolution Honours". . He ought not to pronounce either way on a Tiptree matter, as it is outside his constituency. Admittedly he has already pronounced on the deleterious Horkesley Park project, which suggests he might say somethng about Tiptree too, but since he and Cowling are not on speaking terms, this seems unlikely. Boris
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9:01pm Wed 16 Jan 13

jut1972 says...

You'll notice no where in Priti's speil above is anything specific. I wouldnt be too happy if I was her constituent and thats the best argument she could muster.
You'll notice no where in Priti's speil above is anything specific. I wouldnt be too happy if I was her constituent and thats the best argument she could muster. jut1972
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2:49pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Boris says...

jut1972 wrote:
You'll notice no where in Priti's speil above is anything specific. I wouldnt be too happy if I was her constituent and thats the best argument she could muster.
To be fair, we only have a severely abbreviated report here. But we hear that the objectors when they spoke at the council meeting earlier this month were very poor in presenting their case. Priti will have represented them, because she wants their votes, but if they briefed her badly then it is no surprise that Priti represented them badly.
[quote][p][bold]jut1972[/bold] wrote: You'll notice no where in Priti's speil above is anything specific. I wouldnt be too happy if I was her constituent and thats the best argument she could muster.[/p][/quote]To be fair, we only have a severely abbreviated report here. But we hear that the objectors when they spoke at the council meeting earlier this month were very poor in presenting their case. Priti will have represented them, because she wants their votes, but if they briefed her badly then it is no surprise that Priti represented them badly. Boris
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