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SHOCKER - McLardy left reeling after quit threat

Published: 14 Jul 2011 09:328 comments

Independent Councillor Liz McLardy MBE has said she has been left 'reeling in shock' after NAC Chief Executive Elma Murray suggested she should re-consider her position as chair of the planning committee for the district.

Liz McLardy

Mrs McLardy, believes she has done nothing wrong and was only seeking a second opinion after council planners turned her down as she sought to re-designate Hunterston for leisure and industry, as opposed to industry only.

She told the "News" that all she is doing is representing the people in her district, as 16,000 objections were made concerning the clean coal power station proposal, and said she wanted to see more leisure and tourism opportunities considered in tandem with industrial use.

A Council spokesperson said: "Councillor McLardy mistakenly claimed in her letter that, under the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006, the Council could over-rule the National Planning Framework when it came to the designation of Hunterston.

"The Chief Executive has a duty to provide advice and guidance to Elected Members who may be at risk of breaching the Elected Members Code of Conduct in order to avoid the possibility of referral to the Standards Commission for Scotland."

Full story in this week's Largs and Millport Weekly News.

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