On the 20th December the GNDP's website announced:
Following the hearing session on 9 December 2010, the Inspectors advised that they thought a small number of possible changes to the strategy would require advertising, in order to give people a chance to comment.
The GNDP are waiting for the final details from the Inspectors but are able to confirm that the Programme Officer, Louise St John Howe, will be managing the process on the behalf of the Inspectors and will be writing to all interested parties shortly regarding the changes being advertised, details on how to respond and the date by which responses should be submitted.
The Programme Officer’s letter and the Inspectors’ Possible Changes will be published on the website when available.
There seems to be a slight change in strategy here and it is interesting that GNDP chose to word this announcement so that the implication was that there were just a few things which might just possibly need changing and that merely by advertising them and allowing comment then everything would be ok.
The Inspector actually suggested that GNDP needed to consult on their latest proposals (the so called Plan B) and that a six week consultation period would be required. A letter from Sandra Easthaugh, GNDP Manager, is now suggesting that the closure date is likely to be 2 February 2011 - which is six weeks from tomorrow - so one might assume that GNDP propose to issue details on their website within the next 24 hours or so and think that to hold a consultation over Christmas ans New Year is entirely fair and democratic.