We notice that the Avebury Parish Council is to form a planning sub committee with a quorum of only three Members that will “have the right to make a decision on the council’s behalf”.

Even though “all members of the Parish Council would be emailed all draft decisions and allowed 72 hours to respond” this doesn’t seem to us to be the best looking decision in the world for although forming small sub-committees of this sort is perfectly normal and practical elsewhere, Avebury is not a normal village – it is a World Heritage Site. What happens there is not just the concern of the locals but of the national and international community and therefore allowing decision to be made by just three people doesn’t look like a very sensitive move. Particularly bearing in mind that the predecessors of the current council actually voted in favour of the Bond’s Garage redevelopment contrary to the wishes of all the official and professional bodies!