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Durham Case Study questions transparency

the soldiers are gone but the tank tracks remain

 This is where it is proposed to extinguish the footpath
- a situation that could perhaps have been avoided if the public had been involved at an earlier stage. 


A south - westerly view towards Barnard Castle

2004 - November
The following brief quotes are from page 18 of the Durham University Case Study Report:
'One very visible difficulty relating to effective public engagement has been the Stainton Grove controversy.' 
'While a wide range of issues converged in this controversy, more active public engagement at an early stage … would undoubtedly have helped.'
'A further potential issue returns to the complex relations of dependence involved. The planning application formally came from Premier, owned by the county council, … and the planning application was considered by the county council.'
'In such a situation, the processes in place to prevent any conflict of interests must be fully transparent to the people affected.' (23 & 237-9)

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'There has not been any consultation with the people of Stainton Grove, which was promised by

Durham County Council' - a Teesdale District Councillor. (81) Darlington & Stockton Times, August 9 2002


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Our heritage is who we are today; we are the only ones who can protect it.

The law locks up the man or woman,
Who steals the goose from off the common,
But leaves the greater villain loose,
Who steals the common from the goose.

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