The (Calverley Square) CPO Public Inquiry decision will be forthcoming in early May after the borough election. If the CPO is granted it will see our council spend in excess of £90m on new council offices and a new theatre.
Whilst the government’s inspector, Graham Dudley BA (Hons) Arch Dip Cons AA RIBA FRICS, should only have been interested in the evidence put before him and the testimony of witnesses and counsel, many people who turned up at the meeting would have made him realise that this is not what the public wants.
The Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government saw the strength of opposition from Borough residents after he received an overwhelming and reportedly unheard of number of objections along with compelling reasons that TWBC should not be allowed to continue with this vanity project.
“Independent” experts submitted their written evidence (Proof of Evidence) to the Inquiry which the inspector will judge against the Council’s evidence. Whatever the outcome, the bill will be footed by the ratepayer including the cost of the Council’s barrister and all their expert witnesses. You can read the evidence here: http://calverley.persona-pi.com/documents