Re all of the posts since my last one (edit- kite and pr posted while I was typing)-
Almost everything about the application procedure for this proposal stinks, from the sneaky way DCC/JCD submitted 70 single applications, to the clustering of applications to maximise the chances of success (5 No at the west end of Bolton Street alone, as I said above), to the arguably socially-motivated location policy, to the insufficient info submitted in many cases (see invalidations), even to the arm's-length way DCC got JCD and a consultant to take on the job rather than doing it in-house.
But I still maintain you're getting sidetracked by procedural issues here, rather than focussing on the substantive issue, which is the absolute undesirability of this proposal. Or, put another way, would you be happy to see these signs all over the city as long as the proper procedures had been followed (single application, correct tendering, accurate photomontages, etc. etc.)? My answer to that is a resounding NO, thereby fundamentally refuting the statement that "There is no way that this discussion would be taking place if they had made a single application."
And even if the intervention of the councillors has the desired effect (no guarantees, btw, however much it might be wished for emotionally), who's to say a similar proposal won't emerge, revised in light of all that's been discussed here in the last few weeks (you allude to this in your 'back to the drawing board' comment, hutton)? In which case, I return again to the fundamental question of the desirability of the proposal. This is the key as I've said and will, if necessary, say again.
Also, ftr hutton, by 'the back door' I didn't mean the councillors getting involved. I meant specifically the tactic that's emerging here of attacking the flawed aplication procedure instead of attacking the plain stupidity of this propopsal (it's not ad hominem
, but similar- I just can't think right now of the correct term for the logical fallacy being employed here).
Lastly, PVC King- other statutory bodies have an interest in this too, aside from the conservation bods. The DTO, for one, would surely have traffic concerns (probably similar to those I mentioned above), and the tourism groups might also have an opinion. I haven't checked the observations / objections to see- does anyone know who objected?
The People's Front of Judea.