Monday 28 January 2008

Another Bite of The Cherry

I understand that Arrowcroft's Solicitors (Berwin Leighton Paisner) are sending out to various parties another document, attempting to bolster Arrowcroft's case for the arena, which they intend to submit to the Secretary of State.

It is from Showsec about Crowd Management Strategy, and the hard copy is accompanied by a CD.

Unfortunately for Arrowcroft the CD seemingly contains numerous errors, and is accompanied by an errata slip.

The package makes much of the staggered arrival of spectators before events, but ignores that fact that people will leave afterwards en masse (particularly, late at night).

Whilst they are allowed to send it to the Secretary of State, the inquiry inspector will not look at it now that the inquiry is over.

In other words, it is a waste of time and effort.

This act of desperation by Arrowcroft appears to be a last ditched attempt to plug holes in their case.

Those who take a second bite of the cherry, need to beware that they don't swallow the stone.

Thursday 17 January 2008

D Day

A decision on Croydon's Gateway site will be made by the summer, the planning inspectorate has announced.

The secretary of state will decide on, or before July 30, as to which developer (Arrowcroft or Stanhope) gets to build on the land already owned by Stanhope (which also has planning permission).

Congratulations to Croydon council for dragging this sorry farce on for so long, and for allowing the blight that the citizens of Croydon have had to suffer to continue.

The Gateway site, but for the council, would have been developed years ago.