I had an extremely useful meeting with a couple of Officers at Fenland District Council today. Given that I have been critical in the past and have been extremely challenging of them, I think it is only right that I say the positive stuff.
One of the things we did today was go through the timeline of what happened between the planning meeting of 29th August and the meeting of 19th September to discuss the actions officers took and, in particular, what they did after being notified of the error in the Tesco planning report (which they were notified of on 5th September).
It is a conversation I probably should have had some months ago and it is pretty clear to me, that even though I don't agree with everything that happened, it was for absolutely the best of intentions and, most importantly, was done with clear legal advice.
I still don't like what has happened, and I have said that I will continue to be challenging over the supermarkets issue. But if I am critical in public and in private (which I have been) - then it is important I make sure that I put some of the positives out in the public domain - and I think it is important my view following my discussion of this morning is made public.