Clive Simpson, manager of planning services, said: “The drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre opened in June, but without formal planning permission.Really? Why? They aren’t from Dale Farm, are they?
“The operators originally thought they did not require planning permission.”
“The council has not pursued enforcement action as this temporary breach of regulations does not warrant immediate action.Yes, they’ve put in a retrospective planning application, which has angered the local residents, who don’t believe a suburban street is the best place for such an establishment.
“However, this may be reviewed following the determination of the planning application.”
They’ve got up a petition, and engaged the services of their local councillor, though his mealy-mouthed statement rather seems to indicate he’s twisting himself in knots to try to stay on the fence:
Labour ward councillor Daniel Munyambu is helping the residents and will be handing in their petition at the planning meeting when the application is decided.Wow, don’t strain yourself, Daniel…
He said: “If my residents come to me for help on a matter that concerns them, it is my duty to do all that I can to investigate that matter.”