KIRDFORD parish councillors are demanding a retraction after they were accused of ‘wasting time’ over a planning application.
They objected to plans to replace a derelict building at Filliams Farm in Plaistow Road with a three-bedroom home, but did not attend the Chichester District Council (CDC) planning meeting.
Plaistow’s district councillor Phillipa Hardwick said she wanted to ‘publicly express her disappointment’ and Petworth’s Janet Duncton said she was ‘quite shocked’.
But parish councillors are ‘extremely upset’ by the comments and want a retraction.
In a letter to CDC leader Heather Caird, they said they were not happy the applicant had not been told about their neighbourhood plan which meant certain elements did not comply with their policies.
Parish councillors objected, but supplied a copy of the plan to the applicant. The applicant sought legal opinion which was circulated to CDC members, but not to the parish council.
After the objection was lodged, a parish councillor had discussions with CDC ‘and all the points of contention/non-compliance were resolved’. The parish council no longer objected and there was no need to attend the CDC meeting.
Parish councillors worked in a pro-active constructive way to facilitate the positive consideration of the plan, they said.
“It is felt the comments attributed to councillors Duncton and Hardwick were inaccurate or ill-informed, with the result their comments as quoted in the newspaper showed a total lack of respect to this parish council and understanding of the facts of this case.”