Parish Council gets its money back

You will see from the Parish Council web site that Adderbury Parish Council has had the legal costs it paid in fighting two judicial reviews repaid.  The judicial reviews were sought in May 2017 by a solicitor living in the village and were dismissed by His Honour Justice Purle in July 2017 as being “totally without merit“.  Due to an oversight, our legal advisers had not requested costs to be awarded and the judgement was silent as to costs which amounted to £6,100 for the Parish Council.  The Parish Council subsequently applied for costs to be awarded and this received a favourable decision at first in March  2018 but this was taken to the Court of Appeal in December 2018 where the local lawyer was given leave to appeal the order for costs.  As a result of the statements by Rt Hon Lord Justice Holroyd in the Court of Appeal, our lawyers negotiated a settlement with the local lawyer and agreed to repay the full legal costs paid by the Parish Council.

This issue has consumed hours of time by the Chairman and Clerk and some members of the Parish Council were severely intimidated by the nature of communications they received employing complicated legal terminology for which they had had no training.

It is clear the whole process was intended to bully the Parish Council into abandoning its plans to build a community centre and sports facilities on the gifted land at Milton Road.  I am personally very pleased that the majority of members of the Parish Council had the courage to stand up to the bullying and intimidation and to win through at the end.

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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