Monday, 18 November 2013
JOAN HANHAM AND SHADES OF TRUTH
Joan has this to say for herself... and it's quite inaccurate.
When Pooter didn't tell the exact truth he used the excuse, "I was being 'political' ", so it could be that Joan taught her protege, Pooter, that little tactic.
Joan, when a minister, had a meeting with certain local resident association representatives. At the meeting Joan was emphatic that she would not support any government intervention. Joan...you are being parsimonious with the truth or doing a 'Pooter'..
'As the immediate past Minister for Local Government in the Lords, I have supported a private members bill to restrict Basement development, i also chaired a working group of affected Councils to see what restrictions might be able to be imposed by LAS’s – When a councillor on the planning committee – i was consistently opposed to these developments – recognising the anxt(sic!) they caused neighbours. So, I don’t know where you got the impression that I was against trying to limit or stop their impact. There is, of course, a real dilemma and that is that they are ‘permitted development’ in planning terms – though K&C are working very hard, with their new regulations to do as much as they can to bring them within the planning process.'
' As I am not a Councillor and now not a Minister, I have no means of influencing anything to do with this matter, except to speak as a back bencher if the opportunity arises. I have done as much as I can....