Comment posted on Council website not currently accepting planning objections by Ewan Kennedy
I make absolutely no secret of the fact that I am a local resident and suggest that it’s not unusual for people to be concerned about the amenity of the area in which they live. It is of course welcome that Mr Gibson takes an interest in our environment from his home in Malibu.
And, Robert, I agree that the decision to grant consent for more houses on the Kames peninsula was a shocking example of bad planning, in breach of the policies that were supposed to protect that site. You will find that I objected to it at the time.
I see that A&BC have called for a photomontage of the proposal, so it will be interesting to see how obtrusive it will be. The problem with most repro castles is that they usually are highly visible, perhaps Shuna Castle being a good early example, that maybe being the whole point.
Finally I should clarify that my objection failed to go through as it exceeded the permitted length, not due to any software fault. I wouldn’t want to add unfairly to A&BC’s woes.
Recent comments by Ewan Kennedy
- Good news from salmon farming sector: Marine Harvest breaks ranks and seeks ASC certification
Don’t hold your breath as all this is promised by the end of the decade i.e. 31 December 2019 or 2020 depending on how you count your decades.
It will be interesting to learn how the sea lice data is to be collected and the methods monitored.
ASC is sponsored by the WWF and it’s no doubt purely a coincidence that Marine Harvest is a contributor to the WWF.
- saveseilsound’s new blog gives Jamie McGrigor the facts on Scottish Salmon Company ownership
There’s an article mentioning Mr Lopatinsky here:
He’s about 41 years of age and brought up in the United States, where he attended Cornell University. There are suggestions that his fund owns parts of Charlotte Square, possibly including Bute House.
As Roc Sandford suggests he’ll no doubt be delighted to clarify all these matters himself.
- Scottish Government gives Raasay crofters a consultation on shooting rights
This is staggering incompetence by someone and it’s fascinating that the Environment Minister blames the civil servants. One is left wondering what exactly Ministers actually do, if they don’t make decisions. There’s a full analysis of the legal background and the issues by Andy Wightman accessible here:- http://www.andywightman.com/
Towards the end of last year Mr Wheelhouse “decided” not to call in the very suspect decision by SEPA to grant a licence for pollutants to be dumped in Seil Sound at Ardmaddy South. It is likely that the decision will be subject to judicial review and it will be interesting to find out if civil servants are to be blamed for this as well, when matters come out in court.
- School closures: fascinating Court of Session opinion on Scottish Ministers’ appeal against judgment in favour of Western Isles Council
This is an extremely important and interesting decision, also commendably short. The Ministers were in the strange position of arguing that their powers were constrained whereas the Council argued they could look at the merits. But the Council failed in challenging the decision to call in. Effectively this means that the Ministers have more powers than they thought they had and the decisions will now need to be taken by them, after considering the issues rather than just the procedure.
- Phew. It’s not illegal to put up a dummy for election as a councillor
Almost right, Jim B. There’s a good analysis on the Lallandspeatworrier’s blog. Much worse than a typo, the dummy in the Procurator Fiscal’s office used the wrong section of the Act. It’s basic stuff for lawyers to get this sort of thing right and in the private sector he/she wouldn’t have any clients after this.
Ms Torry would have been economical on expenses
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