Councillor allowed to speak on Atlantic Array

RWE npower cited 'technical challenges' as it shelved plans for the Atlantic Array earlier this week

RWE npower cited 'technical challenges' as it shelved plans for the Atlantic Array earlier this week - Credit: Archant

Councillor Phil Pennington had to declare an interest in the matter due to owning land on the proposed Atlantic Array cabling route.

A COUNCILLOR who owns land along the proposed Atlantic Array cable route has been granted dispensation to speak and vote on the matter.

Torridge District Council’s standards committee agreed to the dispensation for Councillor Phil Pennington, after receiving a written request.

Councillor Anna Dart, chairman of the committee, said the decision was in the interests of those living in Cllr Pennington’s ward.

She said: “It’s important that local people are represented at committee level.


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“Cllr Pennington has openly declared an interest and now he is free to represent his Ward and residents’ views without prejudice’.”

Cllr Pennington, who represents Monkleigh and Littleham, thanked the standards committee for the decision.

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He said: “As elected members, we all want Torridge to thrive economically, and by the very definition, we all have a pecuniary interest to some degree.

“The exclusion of elected members from the relevant committees is to deny many residents a voice on the issues facing them.”

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