Dorchester development branded a 'fiasco'

Dorset Echo: CONSULTATION CALL Councillor Andy Canning, at one of the Charles Street protests CONSULTATION CALL Councillor Andy Canning, at one of the Charles Street protests

COUNCILLOR Andy Canning called for a public consultation before any decisions are made on the future of the scheme.

He said: “If the right way forward is found, putting some extra public money in would work, but it has to be a way forward that everyone agrees with.

“The council said that spending £16million on new offices would help kick start the building of new shops on Charles Street, and help create 600 new jobs. Well, the offices are nearly finished and there’s no sign of the shops.”

District councillors were briefed on the options in a closed meeting last week.

Coun Alistair Chisholm said the private meeting made a ‘mockery’ of the recommendations set out in a report by independent auditors KPMG earlier in the year.

In May the body recommended that the council ‘improve engagement with members and the public through more pro-active communication on the rationale for procedures’.

Coun Chisholm said: “We are talking about massive amounts of public money.

“Other than the option of doing nothing, I can’t see any of the other options could be achieved without looking at the investment of more public money, and that needs to go back to the public.

“It feels as though they are determined to forge ahead with the Charles Street scheme at any cost, just to save face. It is a fiasco”

The report said that because the site already has planning permission, and ‘the need to maintain certainty for the developers and the anchor tenants’, a public consultation was not considered to be appropriate.

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11:45am Thu 4 Oct 12

ETV says...

The Council - when is someone going to stop these incompetent maniacs?
The Council - when is someone going to stop these incompetent maniacs? ETV

11:58am Thu 4 Oct 12

Fred Kite says...

Independent public enquiry now!
Independent public enquiry now! Fred Kite

1:43pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Dorset Boy says...

Have all the public consultations you like. WDDC mandarins will still disregard the taxpayer's comments and still carry on in their sweet way wasting our money.
Have all the public consultations you like. WDDC mandarins will still disregard the taxpayer's comments and still carry on in their sweet way wasting our money. Dorset Boy

3:40pm Thu 4 Oct 12

bnaty12 says...

Labours legacy, just like a Marxist state we have a bloated civil service with little or no proper accountability, swilling at the bottomless pit of tax payers money. Backed up by their thug run Unions.

A civil service that seemingly answers to nobody and when there is any answering to be done, they have a complaint system that is designed to run you around in circles and hopefully you will give up, if you don't they will then give it over to a toothless Quango staffed by more of the same.

It is high time for proper transparency and true accountability. How can these estimates keep getting so wrong, sometimes 100's of percent wrong. sack the idiots doing it, if it was private sector you would be out of a job, not being paid a hundred grand of tax payers money to wash over it and carry on.
Labours legacy, just like a Marxist state we have a bloated civil service with little or no proper accountability, swilling at the bottomless pit of tax payers money. Backed up by their thug run Unions. A civil service that seemingly answers to nobody and when there is any answering to be done, they have a complaint system that is designed to run you around in circles and hopefully you will give up, if you don't they will then give it over to a toothless Quango staffed by more of the same. It is high time for proper transparency and true accountability. How can these estimates keep getting so wrong, sometimes 100's of percent wrong. sack the idiots doing it, if it was private sector you would be out of a job, not being paid a hundred grand of tax payers money to wash over it and carry on. bnaty12

4:16pm Thu 4 Oct 12

CoogarUK.com says...

The Charles Street scheme hasn't turned into a fiasco overnight. It has always been a fiasco. Anyone with an ounce of common sense or a smidgen of intelligence has been pointing that out for years... but no-one listened. You reap what you sow, I'm afraid.

Btw, I believe phase two only has outline planning permission, not detailed, though will happily stand corrected on this if wrong.
The Charles Street scheme hasn't turned into a fiasco overnight. It has always been a fiasco. Anyone with an ounce of common sense or a smidgen of intelligence has been pointing that out for years... but no-one listened. You reap what you sow, I'm afraid. Btw, I believe phase two only has outline planning permission, not detailed, though will happily stand corrected on this if wrong. CoogarUK.com

4:46pm Thu 4 Oct 12

alan_h says...

How anyone can blame "Labour's legacy" for this fiasco baffles me. This has always been the responsibility of a small group of councillors, all of them Tory and none of them representing the people most affected - the residents of Dorchester.

CoogarUK - even if phase two did have detailed planning permission, that would hardly apply to the proposed amended plans and certainly not to any construction at Fairfield.
How anyone can blame "Labour's legacy" for this fiasco baffles me. This has always been the responsibility of a small group of councillors, all of them Tory and none of them representing the people most affected - the residents of Dorchester. CoogarUK - even if phase two did have detailed planning permission, that would hardly apply to the proposed amended plans and certainly not to any construction at Fairfield. alan_h

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