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Councillor Davod Harrison

Insult of the Day

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Most days, I get a few insults. It’s all part of the job. It seems to heat up as we near elections.

Today, as a favour, not an obligation, I drove to Winchester and substituted for another Councillor to sit on the Regulatory Committee of Hampshire County Council.

It’s similar to a planning committee, but we deal with things like applications for village greens, quarry and waste sites, determining bridleways, rights of way etc.

A waste company wanted to extend their hours of operation to permit them to run large lorries to a waste site up until 11pm at night.

I could see some advantage in the proposal because it would mean less lorries stuck in heavy traffic at congested times.

However, I thought that it would be better if the Committee approved a permission up until 10pm, reducing the chances of lorry noise disturbing people’s sleep.

I checked with the operators who said that they could accept the lower time limit.

I therefore proposed an amendment to the officers recommendation that we extend the time to 10pm at night, not the 11pm.

To my shock, a Tory Councillor accused me of “political posturing”.

His accusation was then supported by the Tory Vice Chairman of the Committee.

I didn’t know how to react to this stupid accusation… the idea of my proposing a sensible amendment to allow people in another part of Hampshire a little disturbance late at night is somehow going to give me a political advantage and that’s the reason I proposed it??

Fortunately, these views didn’t prevail and the majority of the Tory dominated committee voted in favour of my amendment.

Duty done.

A small victory.

An unnecessary insult overcome.

Don’t think I will be quite so willing to do the same favour next time though!

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