Town councillor steps down from leading Burnham's neighbourhood plan

A town councillor has stepped down from leading a plan to help shape Burnham’s future.

Jack Sheppard announced at a Burnham Town Council meeting on Wednesday **16th** that he will not be carrying on his role as the lead member for the town’s neighbourhood plan.

At the meeting, he said his decision was partly due to the consultants the council had decided to get on board.

He said: “I wasn’t in favour of Allies and Morrison being the consultant and that has a bearing on my decision.

“It’s not the company but the way they came to us.”

See this week's Standard for the full story.

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1:10pm Mon 5 May 14

Opsiomath says...

The most appalling things are:

# it's around 2 years since Burnham Town Council budgeted to hire a specialist consultant to help them with the Neighbourhood Plan implementation
# it's over 9 months since they appointed Allies and Morrison (who seem to be decent people)
# progress made in the last few years = Zero

BTC need to now quickly take ownership and drive progress (rather than kicking the issue into the long grass for political purposes), otherwise developers and MDC will decide the future shape of the Town rather than the residents.

Methinks the Tories are rightfully going to experience a big electoral backlash both this year and next .. 2 years of delay doesn't happen by accident and this cynical delay warrants severe punishment by the electors
The most appalling things are: # it's around 2 years since Burnham Town Council budgeted to hire a specialist consultant to help them with the Neighbourhood Plan implementation # it's over 9 months since they appointed Allies and Morrison (who seem to be decent people) # progress made in the last few years = Zero BTC need to now quickly take ownership and drive progress (rather than kicking the issue into the long grass for political purposes), otherwise developers and MDC will decide the future shape of the Town rather than the residents. Methinks the Tories are rightfully going to experience a big electoral backlash both this year and next .. 2 years of delay doesn't happen by accident and this cynical delay warrants severe punishment by the electors Opsiomath
  • Score: 3

11:37pm Mon 5 May 14

El Presendente says...

In an ideal world it would be nice if the remaining elected members of Burnham Town Council made their views known publicly using the local press about these proposed developments, so the people who elected them can decide 'if' they are the best candidates to represent the best interests of the community, a vast majority of whom seem against such radical plans to alter the unique character of Burnham.
In an ideal world it would be nice if the remaining elected members of Burnham Town Council made their views known publicly using the local press about these proposed developments, so the people who elected them can decide 'if' they are the best candidates to represent the best interests of the community, a vast majority of whom seem against such radical plans to alter the unique character of Burnham. El Presendente
  • Score: 2

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