THE leader of Solihull Council has hit back at claims that the authority is trying to put a positive spin on the controversial Parkgate develop-ment.
Last month, the cabinet met in private to discuss the future of the plans to redevelop Shirley town centre. Earlier this week, Cllr Howard Allen (Lib Dem, Shirley West) voiced concerns that the council had been selective in the information which had been released since the discussions.
But the council leader Ken Meeson has strongly denied the accusations and said that the report of the scheme had been considered by all party groups.
“Following the consideration it was agreed that a formal press release should be issued to provide basic information to the public on the revised scheme,” said Cllr Meeson.
“They will also have the opportunity to access all the details and make representations when the planning application is published and before decisions are made.”
Cllr Meeson once again defended the decision to hold the meeting behind closed doors - citing reasons of commercial confidentiality.
But Cllr Allen said: “My view is all the detail of the proposed changes, which I consider turn a second rate scheme into a third rate one, is of public interest and any meeting should have been held with the press and public able to attend.”
Following the meeting, the council issued a statement which said the scheme was very much on course. However, the plans had undergone a number of changes and would be re-submitted to the planning sub committee once they had been finalised. If the proposals are given the nod, the council has said that work could begin next summer.