Let­ter to ed

Newslink - - OUT & ABOUT -

In the Newslink (Oc­to­ber 27) the Mayor neatly sidestepped the main thrust of my let­ter on Cooper’s Wells costs.

The type and ex­tent of the pro­posed covenant is com­pletely ir­rel­e­vant to the ques­tion:

Why, when the covenant pro­posal fell through, did the coun­cil choose des­ig­na­tion in­stead of pur­chase of what­ever land it needed?

It may deny the ev­i­dence given by the Trust at the Com­mis­sion Hear­ing that it had of­fered to sell ei­ther the whole farm or the re­quired acreage to the coun­cil, just as it has de­nied its ev­i­dence that the pro­posed covenant claimed no lim­it­ing cause.

Will it also deny that it was in no po­si­tion it­self at any time ot of­fer to buy the land in ques­tion?

And will it also deny that there was ab­so­lutely no other so­lu­tion than the highly ex­pen­sive des­ig­na­tion? Freda War­man, Gore Gore and dis­tricts mayor Tracy Hicks replies:

The need for the des­ig­na­tion was ex­ten­sively can­vassed at the hear­ings by the in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion­ers, who ul­ti­mately ap­proved the pro­posal, with some amend­ments.

At the time, the Trust was re­ported as be­ing happy with the out­come and chose not to ap­peal.

Given this is­sue has been de­bated ad nau­seum in Newslink’s let­ters to the editor col­umn, I will not be re­spond­ing fur­ther via this fo­rum.

If Ms War­man wants to talk to me di­rectly she is more than wel­come to call into the of­fice.

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