Heritage I agree with some points of what you say, but when you say them or call the process that has developed, please be mindful that if it had not been for MIA the people of MARPLE would be non the wiser. Ms Cassidy and the corporation were outraged when staff leaked the information out to the public. Did you have sight of the emails I posted on this site, which the college after taking legal advice asked admin to remove? If you did then forgive me for repeating myself, but the contents of the emails were quite intimidating to staff members from Ms Cassidy. In one she wrote that she had been inundated with calls from the Town Hall, members of the public and other interested parties and as a result it had been decided that staff would not receive anymore information until the deal had been signed.
So Heritage you must forgive MIA for exposing this matter. Because we believe that staff, local shops, businesses and the residents living next to the two sites had a right to know. I was given this information by a concerned staff member, what did you want me to do with it ? Act like Ms Cassidy and the corporation and try to deceive the people of Marple ? Never I set higher standards for myself than that.
My only question on this is why do we 'have a right to know' what an individual or organisation is thinking / considering / planning? Is this the local thought police at work here?
Ultimately if the college were considering selling (or perhaps more accurately 'optioning') their land to whoever and for whatever purpose, there is an argument that it was their business. Why must
we know anything before a planning application was submitted? The whole point of the planning application process is that it is on submission of the application that full public consultation takes place, i.e. once there are facts on the table to consider and debate. There are no rules that say that the public must be informed as to what an individual or organisation might be thinking about doing months or years in advance of doing it.
Given that the information was leaked before CAMSFC had a plan in place to present (indeed before they even had a buyer for the land) I'm not surprised they were a little miffed that things got out and all hell broke loose. It precipitated them being asked lots of questions that they were not able to answer and had the result of winding the community up into a frenzy about a scheme that wasn't even a formal proposal.
I have no problem with MIA seeking to object to the concept of a supermarket at Hibbert Lane, but I do get tired of the constant accusations of skulduggery - when what it seems to amount to is the college being put in a very awkward position by some of its own employees when trying to 'plan' an option to secures it's future and then trying (rather awkwardly admittedly) to rescue the situation.
I have a lot of sympathy with a lot of things that Heritage has been saying over the last few days - don't waste all your ammo shooting wildly into the dark.