BRIDGWATER FORWARD CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT PUBLIC INQUIRY
Today’s meeting of Sedgemoor’s Corporate Scrutiny Committee showed that Sedgemoor Tories do not understand public accountability! The news that Somerset County Council has subsidised Tesco’s planning application to the tune of £20,000 of taxpayers’ money was met with suggestions from Tory councillors that “Somerset County Council should deal with this”!
Bridgwater Forward says local people want to know why and how a deal was struck that enabled Tesco to duck part of their planning application fees, and why taxpayers have been asked to foot the bill!
Labour councillors have tried to call officers and councillors to account for bailing out Tesco, who have refused to pay the full cost of their planning application to build on the Brewery Fields and Northgate site.
'willing to subsidise a supermarket giant'
Councillor Julian Taylor (Labour) asked why a relatively impoverished local authority would be willing to subsidise a supermarket giant, and why it had taken so long to get answers to questions about the delays.
Given the unnecessary demolition of the Splash swimming pool and now this subsidy for Tesco , it is easy to understand why local people have lost faith and confidence in the ability of Sedgemoor District Council to act in the best interests of Bridgwater.
Bridgwater Forward calls for an independent public inquiry into the proposed sale of the Northgate site to Tesco.