Princes Parade: Will Oaklands Surgery get that £151,200 CIL money?
Regardless of one’s personal position on Princes Parade, one thing should be perfectly clear and that’s the cost of the legal fees spent by Folkestone & Hythe District Council defending the Princes Parade case.
The Judicial Review case brought by the Save Princes Parade group (SPPG) was dismissed by Justice Dove on the 22 June 2020.
The SPPG have applied to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal Justice Dove’s judgement. No decision on this has been handed down yet.
It costs money to defend a legal case; and according to the Council’s own published payment to suppliers data for 2019/20, the costs for their solicitors – Attwells – to defend the case was £63,725 (including VAT).
Now there is also another issue regarding Princes Parade, which is little known, and hardly spoken of at all by those directly, or indirectly, involved in the legal dispute.
Princes Parade is due to generate £151,200 of community infrastructure levy to go towards providing extra services at Health Care centre known as Oaklands in Hythe due to an expansion in the number of people potentially using the facility if Princes Parade get the go ahead, after the legal battle is resolved.
Another fine expose of the poor mathematical skills of council officers, delightfully contrasted with health improvements for Oakland Surgery or development of Princes Parade.
All affected are on the horns of a dilemma.
So, Cllr L Whybrow (Green) in her previous incarnation as a person on the SPPG committee, wanted and pushed through a Judicial Review, costing the Council tens of thousands to defend the Princes Parade case. Now she sits as a Cllr collecting just over £16k. She has cost the Council lots of money while pocketing some by joining Monk’s Cabinet. Such behaviour tells you a lot about the woman.
Selwyn Froggit-Monk is cleverer than he looks.