Following the decision of our planning consultant Mike Dando to step down because of a serious health issue the NDP Steering Group has decided to seek an replacement.

To that end we have been consulting with not only Mike Dando but other experts in the field as well and we shall be meeting a potential replacement consultant on Thursday, November 5th with a view to making an appointment.

A group spokesman said: “While we are really sad to be losing Mike Dando we totally understand that his focus must be on his health. We are really grateful that he has been gracious enough to help us find a potentially suitable candidate and we hope to make an announcement that we have found the right person soon.

“We have made considerable progress this year and while we have dropped a little time on our latest consultations we hope that by making a good appointment we’ll be able to catch up again soon.”