These are the words used at the steering group meeting on November 12 by deputy chairman Councillor Cosgrove to describe those who have registered their discontent with the way in which the group is handling the Neighbourhood Plan.
Councillor Cosgrove had earlier said that “landowners” (directed at Professor Chris Wright of the Faversham Creek Trust) had to be excluded from meetings when their own interests were discussed, in order to prevent them from intimidating other members of the group. He drew a comparison with Norhern Ireland.
Chairman Nigel Kay, normally quick to bang his gavel and call for order at the slightest sign of disrespect from the public gallery, was content to let these remarks pass without comment.
In the Standing Orders upon which the steering group places great store, the definition of misconduct includes “behaving irregularly, offensively, improperly or in such a manner as to scandalise the Council or bring it into contempt or ridicule.”
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