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Deputy Gollop confirms intention to resign as DPA president

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Deputy John Gollop has submitted a file to the Bailiff's office outlining his intention to resign as president of the Development & Planning Authority.

John Gollop has confirmed his intention to resign as president of the Development & Planning Authority. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 24418960)

He tweeted on Friday saying that, with hindsight, the decision over a controversial application to build an open market house at Cobo should have been made by politicians at an open meeting and not left to staff.

Permission was given to demolish a property next to the Cobo Mission Hall at La Route de Cobo and build a bigger one in its place. Construction is under way.

Castel deputies, the douzaine and constables opposed the plans unanimously, over concerns about the size of the new building and how it would overshadow neighbours.

Deputy Gollop acknowledged that many States members were unhappy with the way his committee, which is responsible for land use policy and planning applications, did things, and wanted a more proactive committee that was not afraid to trump policy.

‘The committee requires leadership and I’m not sure I’m the person to give it,’ he said.

Today he told the Guernsey Press he handed in the file at lunchtime to the office at the Royal Court Chamber and intends to resign as soon as is practically possible.

'I very much believe that the #CoboGate wall fiasco demands a political penalty and a democratic sacrifice to answer the legitimate public enquiry,' he said.

However, he said this was not his only reason for reluctantly leaving his position and would provide a further and more in depth update soon.

Deputy Gollop said several of his colleagues asked him over the weekend to stay in his position as president of the DPA.

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