It is now almost 10 days since Robert Eggleston issued the Letter of Claim starting legal action against MSDC and there has as yet been no response. The letter was sent following legal advice that the Council’s vote to adopt the Site Allocations DPD on 29th June was unlawful because of missing environmental information.
The Letter gave the Council options to put right their errors and thereby avoid a costly and protracted court case.
They did find time to respond to a local journalist, downplaying this serious issue as a “technical procedural matter” – as reported in the Mid Sussex Times this week…
We can’t believe that MSDC want to spend thousands of pounds of your Council Tax money on unnecessary litigation. They could simply rectify their mistake and resubmit the DPD for another vote, this time with the required environmental evidence?
Surely they haven’t forgotten their recent unsuccessful legal dispute over Clair Hall? That cost them at least £27,000 when they admitted they were in the wrong just before it reached court!
This “technical procedural matter” could end being quite costly.
MSDC have until tomorrow to respond – we’re waiting…