Yesterday was the first day of the Examination in Public of the GNDP's Joint Core Strategy and by all accounts it is going to be an interesting three weeks ahead with calls already been made for GNDP to withdraw the strategy.
On day one there were complaints about the apparent furtive way in which the GNDP had carried out their business. The point was made by many of the participants that the way in which the GNDP had decided to hold their meeting behind closed doors was undemocratic and when the Inspector mentioned that they could have chosen to have open meetings with sensitive issues been discussed below the line, the response was "we chose not to do it like that". Elected representatives sometimes had to resort to Freedom of Information requests to gain information from the partnership which doesn't sound very transparent and begs the question whatever were they trying to hide? Not only from the public but from councillors outside this elite body which had originally been formed as "an informal partnership following the designation of the area as a New Growth Point".
Apparently our very own Blog was used as evidence to show that the GNDP were either incompetent or had deliberately tried to make access to their website difficult.