Is a two-week lay-off enough for bus driver?

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A TWO-WEEK suspension for a bus driver reading a newspaper while driving? Is that for real?

The Journal’s website shows him moving off with the newspaper across his steering wheel, surely the police need to do more than ‘study the footage’?

If this is not a sackable offence for a bus driver, I don’t know what is!

So this week the SKDC spin machine wheel out the £60,000 a year Mayor to try to justify what has turned into one of the worst decisions by the council.

This week it is claimed that the parking in the old Market Place was not used by shoppers but by the people who work in the town - work in the shops, even. What fantasy world do these councillors live in?

If a shop is to stay open it requires more than customers, it requires people to serve them and these people are the ones who also need parking.

People have started to contact me privately to raise issues they see and one has pointed out that:

“There is free parking, if you work for the council. In the public car park behind the Tollemache Inn. The car park that was a public car park, but appears to be used now by just the council.”

Is this the reason why the loss of parking spaces doesn’t bother our councillors?

Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows a local planning authority to enter into a legally-binding agreement or planning obligation with a land developer over a related issue. The obligation is commonly referred to as a ‘Section 106 Agreement’.

These agreements are a way of delivering or addressing matters that are necessary to make a development acceptable in planning terms.

So strictly speaking Mr Mayor it was SKDC’s decision to spend money on ‘the work of art’ not the developers.

by Steve Cattell