It's been 12 months since the Ombudsman agreed to comeback on my 2002 complaint. However, I have still not received a copy of the Council's defence to my complaint nor a copy of the associated plans.
The County Council should have submitted a full set of plans to the Borough Council during 2001 for planning permission but they didn't. If they had I would have been able to comment on the plans then. However, at that time the County Council needed to circumvented any real scrutiny of their plans so they just lied about the need for planning permission and stated they were exempt.
5 years after I first submitted a complaint about this matter to the Local Government Ombudsman and 1 year after they agreed to comeback on my complaint and the Ombudsman still hasn't obtained a copy of the plans for me to comment on.
Whatever the reason, whether it be impotence or incompetence it does at least prove they are ineffective when it comes to offering any sort of remedy for local authority maladministration.
When a Council officer is on record saying that delay is helpful to them it makes you wonder!