Carnival case costs taxpayers £60k
Last month a judge found that South Somerset District Council (SSDC) had acted un lawfully. SSDC’s Area West Committee approved a planning application to build industrial scale sheds in the open countryside. The plans would see the sheds constructed in Kingstone Parish for local carnival clubs to work on their floats.
The decision was challenged by CPRE Somerset who claimed two councillors had a conflict of interest. The Judge agreed.
As a result the decision of the council to allow the application was judged to be unlawful.
The judge also pointed out that the advice given by SSDC’s Monitoring Officer was wrong in law.
Costs in the case have been awarded and SSDC will be required to pay both their own and CPRE’s legal costs. We understand the combined total of these costs will be £60,000.
These costs will of course ultimately be carried by South Somerset council taxpayers. When we approached SSDC about the outcome of the case and the costs that council taxpayers would now have to bear they told us: “This is a very disappointing outcome and the Council is considering its position.”
Meanwhile SSDC are going to discuss the outcome at the Area West meeting of the council on Wednesday 7 December. The meeting is to be held at the Guildhall in Chard where happily for SSDC, there are no facilities to broadcast the meeting live. Currently Area West is the only SSDC meeting which is not available as a live broadcast.
There’s a full report on the Carnival case in the 15 December Leveller.