Saturday, June 02, 2007

The last piece of the puzzle

The County Council stated that they redesigned the roadway (in the vicinity of my property) in line with national and local road design guidelines. However, that is simply not true. Their 2001 redesign does not meet any of the national or local highway guidelines. That's probably why they didn't seek planning permission at the time and have never sought it since. However, the Ombudsman excuses all this by stating that there is no legal requirement forcing a Council to follow guidelines. I accept that, however, that doesn't change the fact that the Council lied (maladministration) about their design meeting the guidelines and it doesn't change the fact that departing from those guidelines without a valid reason also constitutes maladministration (maladministration doesn't have to be illegal). Especially when public safety has been ignored and people may be killed or seriously injured as a result of their poor design. And it doesn't change the fact that they failed to obtain the necessary planning permission (maladministration) before trying to complete the works and it doesn't change the fact that they lied (maladministration) when they stated that their plan didn't need planning permission.

All this was obvious in 2002 when I submitted my complaints to the Ombudsman but after a 5 year delay and 12 months of investigation the Ombudsman is still asking me to provide irrelevant information and evidence in a desperate attempt to find a solution to the underlying problem for the County Council. However, the Ombudsman is statutory empowered to investigate complaints of maladministration not find a way out for a Council.

Essentially that's the reason behind 10 years of injustice that I have suffered. The Ombudsman thought they had provided a way out for the Council in their 1998 report into my initial complaint, however, that seriously backfired and caused the Council even more problems. Ironically, whilst attempting to stuff me in 1998 they inadvertently stuffed the Council instead.

Ever since the Ombudsman has simply ignored further maladministration (at my expense) whilst trying to extricate the Council from the situation they helped create.

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