Public examination of Cerne Valley's neighbourhood plan

Dorset Echo: Public examination of Cerne Valley's neighbourhood plan Public examination of Cerne Valley's neighbourhood plan

A PUBLIC examination is set to be held for a pioneering Dorset community’s neighbourhood plan.

The Cerne Valley has been leading the way in drawing up a neighbourhood plan, which will guide future development in the local area.

Deborah McCann has now been appointed independent examiner of the Cerne Valley Neighbourhood Plan and will be holding a public hearing as part of the process of consultation.

The hearing will start at 1.30pm on Friday, July 11 at Cerne Abbas Village Hall.

The purpose of the hearing is to provide clarification and further information and issues that have been identified by the independent examiner.

She will conduct the meeting, deciding who can speak on what issues and for how long.

Those invited to speak have been sent invitations to the hearing and anyone else is welcome to observe, but should not expect to participate in the discussion.

For more information about the neighbourhood plan visit dorsetforyou.com/412073 or contact the local plan team at West Dorset District Council on 01305 252386.

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2:33pm Fri 4 Jul 14

February1948 says...

I read this article with interest but there are a few things which I find a bit concerning, if not sinister. This is a public hearing as part of the process of consultation but it is being held at 1.30pm on Friday, July 11. This timing eliminates a huge proportion of the people directly concerned who live in the Cerne Valley, but will be at work, or at this time of the year, away on holiday. Deliberate timing perhaps - safety in fewer numbers present who may, heaven forbid, not agree?
Deborah McCann will conduct the meeting, deciding who can speak on what issues and for how long and those who will be allowed to speak have been sent invitations.
This doesn't seem very democratic to me, as a resident of the valley, and I wonder what others feel?
Consultation is usually a process, it seems, whereby all the decisions have been made before "consultation" takes place.
Those invited to speak have been sent invitations to the hearing and anyone else is welcome to observe, but should not expect to participate in the discussion. Would those who have been invited to speak are known to agree with the decisions that have undoubtedly been made?
Strange sort of discussion that'll be!
I read this article with interest but there are a few things which I find a bit concerning, if not sinister. This is a public hearing as part of the process of consultation but it is being held at 1.30pm on Friday, July 11. This timing eliminates a huge proportion of the people directly concerned who live in the Cerne Valley, but will be at work, or at this time of the year, away on holiday. Deliberate timing perhaps - safety in fewer numbers present who may, heaven forbid, not agree? Deborah McCann will conduct the meeting, deciding who can speak on what issues and for how long and those who will be allowed to speak have been sent invitations. This doesn't seem very democratic to me, as a resident of the valley, and I wonder what others feel? Consultation is usually a process, it seems, whereby all the decisions have been made before "consultation" takes place. Those invited to speak have been sent invitations to the hearing and anyone else is welcome to observe, but should not expect to participate in the discussion. Would those who have been invited to speak are known to agree with the decisions that have undoubtedly been made? Strange sort of discussion that'll be! February1948
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