False starts to public consultation were announced in January 2012. Wiltshire Council followed later with a very obscure
notice of the actual start of open consultation, which very few saw. Most Wiltshire residents did not know that the
Pre-Submission Wiltshire Core Strategy became available to read in late February 2012. Some were made aware in the
final weeks only because of readersí letters in newspapers or summaries to members by the CPRE. WC allowed just 6
weeks for the public to study and respond, contrary to WC's own Statement of Community Involvement and WC's own Wiltshire
Compact which set a standard of 12 weeks. Wiltshire Council was not being straight about it.
Conservative Wiltshire Council shows us what it really thinks about society.
Yet, ironically, because of Wiltshire Council's subsequent changes and then corrections by the Inspector, there have been several
During the Examination in Public, in 2013, it was observed that Wiltshire Council was again employing a barrister - on top of
its tiers of over-paid planners - at an extra cost of many hundreds of pounds an hour for Council Tax payers (expense, which,
rather than for the public good, is wasted on spin for dud road projects).
Conclusively, the Inspector had the rotten Eastern Westbury Bypass project (which Wiltshire Council had tried to slip back in)
taken out of the Core Strategy. Now ruled against by three successive independent planning inspectors, it is a thoroughly
defective scheme which would actually be counter-productive.