Town strategy document is gobbledygook’ to councillors

PUBLISHED: 15:48 13 September 2007 | UPDATED: 15:14 12 May 2010

A TOWN councillor is demanding an explanation of a report issued as part of the Royston town centre strategy. Cllr Rod Kennedy said a scoping document issued last month was gobbledygook . He told members of Royston Town Council s planning committee on Mo

A TOWN councillor is demanding an explanation of a report issued as part of the Royston town centre strategy.

Cllr Rod Kennedy said a scoping document issued last month was "gobbledygook".

He told members of Royston Town Council's planning committee on Monday evening: "Someone has to take us through it so we can understand it."

The 27-page scoping document was issued as part of a town centre strategy which is currently being drawn-up by North Herts District Council.

A draft report on the actual strategy is expected to be presented to the district council's Royston area committee next week.

Cllr Kennedy said, however, that the whole strategy needed a baseline which did not exist in the scoping document.

"Unless we have a baseline we cannot judge the strategy," he said. "This document has been prepared at public expense and I think we need an explanation.

"It is about the town centre - our town centre," he said.

The district council said in a statement issued to town councillors that members may have "mistaken" the scoping document as a strategy report.

The district council said there will be consultation with the town council and other bodies once the strategy is produced.

Over recent months consultants have been carrying out work on the life of the town centre and parking issues.

It added that the strategy would "address the key issues" in the town centre.

Cllr Paul Grimes said the scoping document should have provided an idea in which to measure the strategy against.

"We don't seem able to grasp the report," he said.

He said the district council should produce a "simple summary" of the document.

Cllr Philip Mayne said the scoping exercise had seemed to have produced a "meaningless document".

The district council pointed out earlier that the scoping document had been produced as a statutory publication in the process of drawing a new local plan.

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