CAMPAIGNERS concerned about the council’s sale of County Hall are disappointed at the Government’s response to their petition.
Activists used an archaic procedure to petition Parliament over the lack of consultation by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
But Reg Barritt was less than happy with the response from Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who said it was Government policy not to interfere with the jurisdiction of a local planning authority “unless it is necessary to do so”.
Mr Barritt, of Hartington Street, in Handbridge, said: “It seems we are to be dismissed with a cursory reply that does not answer the question we put at so much trouble to ourselves.
“Obviously we are not invited to Westminster, as we had hoped to be, to make any further representation on the matter.”
It was Chester’s deposed Labour MP Christine Russell who submitted the 350-name petition to Parliament on behalf of community activists concerned at the Tory council’s lack of consultation over the sale.
The issue was taken on by her successor, Conservative MP Stephen Mosley, who fears Handbridge could be overtaken by students once County Hall is occupied by Chester University. The petition had called for the affair to be scrutinised by the Select Committee for Communities.
The council has always insisted it complied with its obligations.
Spokesman Ian Callister said: “There was no requirement on the council to consult with the public simply because County Hall is an administrative building and not a building providing a direct service.”
The council has now moved into the new HQ building.