There was standing room only at last night’s Ryde Society meeting as residents clashed with Isle of Wight councillors over regeneration plans. Read the report from the meeting.
Residents clashed with the Isle of Wight Council officers and councillors at a packed public meeting on Monday night over plans for regeneration of Ryde seafront.
The meeting, held by the Ryde Society – whose Chair, Stella Davis, said the seafront is an internationally important site of special scientific interest – was addressed by Chris Ashman, the council’s Director of Regeneration and its Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Resources, Cllr Stuart Hutchinson.
No consultation over Harbour sale
Residents’ anger centred on accusations that the Council has been investigating ‘selling off’ Ryde Harbour without consulting the community.
The meeting at the Esplanade Hotel – attended by up to 200 people – turned acrimonious when celebrity writer, resident David Icke, claimed regeneration was “about making money for a very few people” and said the Isle of Wight Council should be the subject of an independent investigation and financial audit.
Whittle “a vacuous child”
During heated exchanges, Cllr Wayne Whittle gibed that Mr Icke should consult his ‘father’ as it had been alleged that he had claimed to be the son of God (a reference to Mr Icke’s appearance on the Terry Wogan show back in 1991).
After the meeting Mr Icke said:
“Cllr Wayne Whittle reveals himself – not for the first time – as being a vacuous child and why anyone votes for him will forever remain a mystery to me.”
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