Third 'no confidence' vote for East Lindsey District Council
A THIRD parish council has now given a 'no confidence' vote to East Lindsey District Council in a matter of weeks.
Orby Parish Council unanimously voted to show they had no confidence in the district authority following planning related issues which effect the village.
This actions comes off the back of similar votes taken by Chapel St Leonards Parish Council and Hogsthorpe Parish Council who had both also given votes of no confidence after a number of decisions made which effect the parishes, including recent planning decisions.
But despite there now being three parish councils showing they have no faith in the district authority on matters effecting them, ELDC has declined to comment to the Target on whether they think they need to improve relations with parish councils.
Margaret Cooper, chairman of Orby Parish Council, said the action came after planning decisions relating to Boulevard Care, the Gunby Inn, wind turbines in the area as well as the parish's village plan.
At the last East Lindsey planning committee villagers reacted angrily when the committee approved plans for new buildings at the Day Opportunity Centre run by Boulevard Care, despite local residents concerns about road safety issues in the area. Councillor Cooper said: "The parish council are totally fed up with not being listened to.
"We are not against any of the applicants personally but with the Boulevard Care application, there are no footpaths or bus route so clients are going there and they are not going to be able to walk safely to integrate with the community.
"The road is 30mph but no-one sticks to that - this is an accident waiting to happen.
"We have also worked hard on creating a village plan which residents have said they only want building which is in-fill.
"We had a public meeting and a planning officer attended and saw that most people were concerned about this application but they still went and recommended approval to the committee."
She said that for years residents have objected to applications by the Gunby Inn for caravans at the back of the site and now East Lindsey have given permission for touring caravans.
Mrs Cooper said: "The council is just not listening to what local people - who know this village - are saying. We know what the problems are.
"It's almost as though they are saying parish councils do not count.
"Now parish councillors feel what is the point on commenting on applications."
The council has written to chief executive Stuart Davy.
A spokesman from the authority said the concerns relating to planning issues in their area will be considered over the coming days.
They said: "Parish councils are consultees on planning applications which are subsequently dealt with through the district council's planning process.
"In such circumstances views are taken into account in the decision making process in line with the requirements of locally agreed policies and the National Planning Policy Framework laid down by government."