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Wentworth Street car park protesters appeal to government
PROTESTERS are appealing to the Government to call in the decision to approve plans for a supermarket on Wentworth Street car park.
Separate open letters have been written to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, Ryedale MP Anne McIntosh and Greg Clark, Minister for Planning, asking for the matter to be determined by an independent inspector.
Mr Pickles has until May 22 to make a decision as to whether or not call in Ryedale District Council’s decision to give outline planning permission for a store.
“I think the public should know where she stands on this issue,” he said.
“If she is not prepared to support calling in the application, perhaps the Conservative Party should take this into account when deciding whether or not to adopt her for its candidate at the next election.”
Coun Andrews said he was not asking Miss McIntosh to take sides, but to support the requests made by various bodies in Malton and Norton to have the planning application for a superstore on the car park called in.
“Following this week’s local election results, I would hope that the Conservative-led Government will now want to be seen to be listening to what the people have to say and to be responding to people’s concerns in a sensitive and helpful way.
“One way of demonstrating this to the people of Ryedale – particularly the business community in Malton and Norton – would be to call-in this application, so that it can be dealt with fairly, and not just by a council which has its own vested financial interest in the outcome.”
Coun Andrews said that under the current composition of Ryedale District Council, the Conservative group could not escape full responsibility for what happened to the district, should the car park be redeveloped as the Conservative group wished.
“The impact will not stop at Malton and Norton, and will damage every market town in Ryedale,” he said.
“The Secretary of State, Mr Pickles, and his Minister for Planning, Mr Clark, are both Conservative MPs. If the decision of Ryedale District Council is not called in, the Conservative Party at a national level will not be able to escape responsibility for the consequences.
Their claim to be champions of the local community with an effective “localism” agenda will have been seen to be nothing more than a sham and a charade – mere window- dressing for government spin.”