Conservative councillors have voted down plans to cut delays in dealing with planning issues in North Norfolk.
North Norfolk District Council Liberal Democrat Councillors called for more staff to be appointed to deal with a large backlog of cases where developments had allegedly taken place with out planning permission. The move was rejected by Conservative Councillors who run the Council.
At the Council's Overview & Scrutiny Committee, Liberal Democrat Councillor Eric Seward called on the Council to spend an extra £100,000 on its enforcement work. This came after the Council had received a financial report showing an expected surplus of £876,000 for the current financial year.
Councillor Seward told the Committee that little more than one full time officer could not deal with a backlog of some 250 cases. Also, in the last three years the Council had not fined anyone who let their dogs persistently foul public foot paths or dropped litter in public places as there were no staff to deal with it.
Councillor Seward was supported by fellow Liberal Democrat Councillor Virginia Gay who said that timely enforcement work was essential to the good reputation of the District Council.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Sarah Butikofer said it was a shame such a modest proposal that would have improved council services was rejected by the ruling Conservative group.