Tesco plan review failure stirs more controversy in Bourne End

Bucks Free Press: Tesco plan review failure stirs more controversy in Bourne End Tesco plan review failure stirs more controversy in Bourne End

FURIOUS residents shouted in disgust as they saw a challenge of a council decision not to challenge Tesco's Bourne End plans put down.

Just a single vote was enough to stop councillors forcing a review of the decision last night.

In a tense and dramatic 'recorded vote' all members of Wycombe District Council stated one-by-one whether they were in favour of sending back the decision to a special committee.

But 19 voted against it, pipping the 18 votes for the motion, proposed by Liberal Democrat Cllr Brian Pollock.

In an impassioned plea before the vote, urging councillors to back the motion, Cllr Pollock said while the original decision may have been 'the day democracy died' this decision would be 'the day it was destroyed'.

There was colourful language from a highly passionate public gallery – which jeered and booed councillors who voted against.

There were a number of abstentions – and those councillors were labelled 'cowards' by the vociferous residents.

Huge controversy surrounded the previous meeting on February 8 when a stand-in chairman for the Regulatory and Appeals Committee voted twice for a motion to effectively pave the way for Tesco.

This is allowed under council rules.

Planning officers had advised councillors to accept the plans, saying the council would struggle to fight Tesco in a planning inquiry, which could incur huge costs.

The vote:

In favour: D Anson, M Appleyard, S Bazley, M Blanksby, C Ditta, R Farmer, S Fowke, D Green, S Guy, G Hall, J Joseph, J Langley, J Mann, B Pollock, R Pushman, M Rafiq, T Snaith, J Wassell,

Against:

M Abdul-Karim, D Barnes, D Carroll, L Clarke, A Collingwood, R Colomb, D Cox, J Gibbs, T Green, C Harriss, J Malliff, H McCarthy, P Priestley, P Rogerson, R Scott, J Teesdale, C Watson, R Wilson, K Wood.

Abstention M Hussain, B Jennings, P Lambourne, W Mallen, J Savage, B Bendyshe-Brown, I McEnnis.

Not present at the meeting R Gaffney, D Hayday, A Jones, N Marshall, S Marshall, J Pritchard, V Razzaq M Saeed, J White, M Yasin.

Councillors who left the meeting before the vote towards the end:

D Shakespeare, Roger Emmett, David Devine, Alan Hill, Margaret Draper, Arif Hussain,

More later.

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12:12pm Tue 1 Mar 11

towncryer says...

I'm told by some of the councillors that the Tory councillors had been whipped to reject the proposal or abstain.

If this is true these Tory cowards don't deserve to be re-elected in May !!

Im waiting to see the recorded vote to see who they are!!
I'm told by some of the councillors that the Tory councillors had been whipped to reject the proposal or abstain. If this is true these Tory cowards don't deserve to be re-elected in May !! Im waiting to see the recorded vote to see who they are!! towncryer

12:17pm Tue 1 Mar 11

miccles says...

"Planning officers had advised councillors to accept the plans, saying the council would struggle to fight Tesco in a planning inquiry, which could incur huge costs."


This is exactly why Tesco's are like they are, because everybody is "sh*t scared" of them, this is why Eden is back to front, because of Tesco's.
"Planning officers had advised councillors to accept the plans, saying the council would struggle to fight Tesco in a planning inquiry, which could incur huge costs." This is exactly why Tesco's are like they are, because everybody is "sh*t scared" of them, this is why Eden is back to front, because of Tesco's. miccles

2:38pm Tue 1 Mar 11

wayneo says...

towncryer wrote:
I'm told by some of the councillors that the Tory councillors had been whipped to reject the proposal or abstain.

If this is true these Tory cowards don't deserve to be re-elected in May !!

Im waiting to see the recorded vote to see who they are!!
It was a whipped vote, yes. What else do we expect. It's no different to the stadium, Clarke has been lobbying from within.
[quote][p][bold]towncryer[/bold] wrote: I'm told by some of the councillors that the Tory councillors had been whipped to reject the proposal or abstain. If this is true these Tory cowards don't deserve to be re-elected in May !! Im waiting to see the recorded vote to see who they are!![/p][/quote]It was a whipped vote, yes. What else do we expect. It's no different to the stadium, Clarke has been lobbying from within. wayneo

3:24pm Tue 1 Mar 11

Save Wycombe says...

This was an absolute disgrace, and the charge was led by Roger 'two votes' Colomb. He should be ashamed
This was an absolute disgrace, and the charge was led by Roger 'two votes' Colomb. He should be ashamed Save Wycombe

3:43pm Tue 1 Mar 11

wayneo says...

Save Wycombe wrote:
This was an absolute disgrace, and the charge was led by Roger 'two votes' Colomb. He should be ashamed
Yes he should but I doubt that he is.
[quote][p][bold]Save Wycombe[/bold] wrote: This was an absolute disgrace, and the charge was led by Roger 'two votes' Colomb. He should be ashamed[/p][/quote]Yes he should but I doubt that he is. wayneo

3:51pm Tue 1 Mar 11

J B Blackett says...

Roger Colomb is know round here as 'The Old Man of The C'. You can work out what the C stands for. I presume it is based on his political and voting record
Roger Colomb is know round here as 'The Old Man of The C'. You can work out what the C stands for. I presume it is based on his political and voting record J B Blackett

4:58pm Tue 1 Mar 11

severnside says...

An obvious pattern is emerging here:
Running Track - Tories against residents
Holywell Pool - Tories against residents
Stadium - Tories against residents
Bourne End Tesco - Tories against residents
It is obvious that our true blue snout- in-trough councillors are in it for themselves and do not give one jot for the residents they 'serve'.
I bet the stupid residents will still rush out and vote a Tory majority Wycombe District Council come May elections, and more fool them if they do, they will get what they deserve, i.e. more of this, four more years of it in fact!
An obvious pattern is emerging here: Running Track - Tories against residents Holywell Pool - Tories against residents Stadium - Tories against residents Bourne End Tesco - Tories against residents It is obvious that our true blue snout- in-trough councillors are in it for themselves and do not give one jot for the residents they 'serve'. I bet the stupid residents will still rush out and vote a Tory majority Wycombe District Council come May elections, and more fool them if they do, they will get what they deserve, i.e. more of this, four more years of it in fact! severnside

4:59pm Tue 1 Mar 11

severnside says...

An obvious pattern is emerging here:
Running Track - Tories against residents
Holywell Pool - Tories against residents
Stadium - Tories against residents
Bourne End Tesco - Tories against residents
It is obvious that our true blue snout- in-trough councillors are in it for themselves and do not give one jot for the residents they 'serve'.
I bet the stupid residents will still rush out and vote a Tory majority Wycombe District Council come May elections, and more fool them if they do, they will get what they deserve, i.e. more of this, four more years of it in fact!
An obvious pattern is emerging here: Running Track - Tories against residents Holywell Pool - Tories against residents Stadium - Tories against residents Bourne End Tesco - Tories against residents It is obvious that our true blue snout- in-trough councillors are in it for themselves and do not give one jot for the residents they 'serve'. I bet the stupid residents will still rush out and vote a Tory majority Wycombe District Council come May elections, and more fool them if they do, they will get what they deserve, i.e. more of this, four more years of it in fact! severnside

12:13am Wed 2 Mar 11

yog says...

Does Shakespeare ever last a whole meeting?

And why were so many Conservative Councillors missing from what is the annual budget setting meeting?
Does Shakespeare ever last a whole meeting? And why were so many Conservative Councillors missing from what is the annual budget setting meeting? yog

9:37pm Wed 2 Mar 11

mikesmith says...

severnside wrote:
An obvious pattern is emerging here:
Running Track - Tories against residents
Holywell Pool - Tories against residents
Stadium - Tories against residents
Bourne End Tesco - Tories against residents
It is obvious that our true blue snout- in-trough councillors are in it for themselves and do not give one jot for the residents they 'serve'.
I bet the stupid residents will still rush out and vote a Tory majority Wycombe District Council come May elections, and more fool them if they do, they will get what they deserve, i.e. more of this, four more years of it in fact!
All local councillors in Bourne End and Wooburn realise the real issue with Tesco and voted for this motion (i.e. against Tesco), including three who are Conservative. So it is not right to tar them all with the same brush. However, the spineless individuals who voted against deserve contempt. It is Wycombe-dwelling councillors failing to enforce planning regulations in an area seriously threatened by ribbon development, and gross neglience in wilfully letting a High Street wither away from the poison of a monopolising grocery chain. A total lack of principle.

Security word: miss-lead.
[quote][p][bold]severnside[/bold] wrote: An obvious pattern is emerging here: Running Track - Tories against residents Holywell Pool - Tories against residents Stadium - Tories against residents Bourne End Tesco - Tories against residents It is obvious that our true blue snout- in-trough councillors are in it for themselves and do not give one jot for the residents they 'serve'. I bet the stupid residents will still rush out and vote a Tory majority Wycombe District Council come May elections, and more fool them if they do, they will get what they deserve, i.e. more of this, four more years of it in fact![/p][/quote]All local councillors in Bourne End and Wooburn realise the real issue with Tesco and voted for this motion (i.e. against Tesco), including three who are Conservative. So it is not right to tar them all with the same brush. However, the spineless individuals who voted against deserve contempt. It is Wycombe-dwelling councillors failing to enforce planning regulations in an area seriously threatened by ribbon development, and gross neglience in wilfully letting a High Street wither away from the poison of a monopolising grocery chain. A total lack of principle. Security word: miss-lead. mikesmith

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