The man from the Planning Inspectorate came along to Thimblemill Recreation Ground this morning to look at the site as part of the club's appeal against the council planning committee's decision to refuse permission for luxury homes to be built on the site of the woodland.
The Inspector was polite, and introduced himself to those who had turned up to protest against the development, and his willingness to hear their views was in complete contrast to the Club Secretary who refused to allow objectors to go on to the site with the Inspector. It is that sort of behaviour which I suspect has led to the Club being in the plight they are financially, leading to their latest bid to flog off an area of natural woodland.
As one of the objectors said, how long before this old man's drinking club go through the same process all over again and try to sell off the pool?
The upshot of the visit is that the Inspector will make his decision in about 3 to 4 weeks.
Don't hold your breath folks