I had read agenda
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I would like to respond to a letter by Alan Phillips of Barnstaple (“Asda would mean jobs”, Opinion, April 24).
I take all my committee duties, especially on planning, very seriously. Whatever decisions are made by us affect people’s lives, whether we vote for or against an application.
In this case I stated that I was probably one of only a few members who had read the whole 130 pages of the agenda thoroughly. I didn’t use the word “bumf”.
I was in possession of a letter from Liberty Properties Ltd, where they may have challenged any decision that we made that day.
I was also aware that the Asda people had asked for their application to be heard at the same time as the Morrisons application.
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It was because of this I made my request for the application to be deferred. I would welcome more jobs for the area and any affordable houses offered by anyone. I agree that this area needs to be tidied and used. I will not say any more on the application because I do not want to put myself at risk of having to “sit this one out” when it comes back before us.
Councillor Jasmine Chesters
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