Thursday, July 10, 2008

1-1. Now for the decider.

I have been off line now for about three weeks because of work being done and the computer being disconnected. But in that three weeks, the high court of appeal has overruled the original high court decision that was given in December last year. What is remarkable about this is that not only was the original decision made against the council and not Persimmon homes, it was Persimmon homes not the council who appealed and they won?

The appeal court judges decided that there was no evidence that the council have behaved in a biased and predetermined way, but this flies in the face of the opinion of the first high court judges decision who deemed that there was?

Obviously I am disappointed. Obviously my belief in British justice has taken a knock, especially when I have a statement from an inside source from the council who is prepared to go on record and state that they know for definite that three senior officers of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council made the decision to go ahead with the planning meeting for Coatham, even though they knew that what they were doing was unlawful.

I am also confused by the fact that after the Coatham planning meeting had taken place, the Labour leader of the council George Dunning, stated in a press release that he knew that the planning meeting was tainted. After the high court decision had been given in December both he and his MP, who just so happens to be the Solicitor General of this country, both made statements in the press telling everyone how they knew, even before the planning meeting took place, that what was happening was unlawful and shouldnt have been taking place and that they had warned the Liberal democrat/Tory/East Cleveland Independent coalition that they shouldn't be going ahead with the meeting at that time.

Yet strangely after the appeal court judges overturned the high court decision a couple of weeks ago, neither the leader of the council or his MP, the Solicitor General of this country, has remonstrated and made the stance that they did in December last year? Neither of them have insisted what they were insisting just seven months ago, that they knew all along that what was taking place was unlawful. Why not? Why have they made no comment? More than this, how can three High Court appeal judges insist that everything is okay, when the Solicitor General of this country has already stated publicly that she knew all along that what has happened was unlawful?

None of this makes any sense.

Which is why I am going to try and ensure that everything is done to appeal the appeal courts decision and take this issue all the way up to the House of Lords.

Because of these contradicting factors, I am going to try and ensure that highest court in this land sits in judgement on this case. Persimmon homes PLC, even though they have made a statement saying that they are not starting work on any more new sites until the housing market improves which will take years, despite dropping out of the FTSE 100 index, despite according to the BBC news, making 1100 of its employees in this region redundant as part of a cut back on their workforce all over the country, appealled against the High courts decision that went in our favour and it wasn't even made against them! They simply didnt accept the High Court judges decision. I am going to try and do all that I can to make sure that we appeal this decision and that we do not just sit back and accept it, in view of the mound of evidence and the evidence which is there.

A battle was won in December and another battle was lost in June. Let see if the highest court in the country can settle this issue once and for all?

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