Those of you who are following this on Ruby's blog may wish to have the chance to read my response to some comments, which Ruby felt unable to publish - partly because of a misundertanding as to why subsequent comments she published impacted on me.
I hope you will allow the following comments Ruby, as, though often mentioned I have not said that much.
David - as one of the cleverest with words you do your best to show me in a bad light, and I am grateful to Amanda for coming to my rescue. Yes I did drop in before you arrived to say hello to any of my residents at the Ruin hearing, but I had actually briefly left a meeting with the Leader and Chief Executive in order to do so. Having said hello I returned to the meeting.
Ruby - you say some agreement should have been reached through dialogue. My reading of the situation is that agreement was sought by complainants and the council employees to turn down the volume. You have fun at the expense of the EHO doing her job (in very unsocial hours) but you only print the part that amuses. Did you read all of the papers? You mention three complaints, but actually letters were received from six households in Nelson Road.
Can I add that I am beginning to feel the fall-guy in all this. My only part was in giving informal advice to my electors who were complaining to me and sought help, via my monthly surgery, just as I have done in all the other hearings affecting my electors. The Licensing Act 2003 is complex and needs some explaining.
The Rising Sun is not in my ward, nor did I make any representation on my or anyone's behalf in connection with the hearing - which I did not even attend.