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Radley Lakes Public Inquiry adjourned until June

Due to the large number of witnesses coming forward and the length of time being taken to hear and cross examine each witness, the Radley Lakes Public Inquiry has been adjourned until 11.00am on 20 June at “a venue to be notified”.

Mr Charles Mynors QC, Counsel for the Objectors tried to persuade the Inspector, Mr Vivian Chapman QC, to impose a guillotine on the hearing of evidence for the Applicant. He said


“Npower is concerned about the length of the inquiry and the constant stream of new witnesses. We don’t want to lose the next three days is a similar way…. There has to come a point when we move on.”

where “the next three days” refers to the days 20, 21 and 22 June that had already been set aside to conduct the remainder of the inquiry. However the inspector was having none of it,


“This is a case of some complexity”

he retorted


“There have, in fact, not been many more witnesses, but it has taken longer to deal with each one. It would be dangerous to exclude evidence without due cause… However there may come a time to call a halt, but I do not think that time has yet come. “

He noted the concerns that three more days might not be enough and accordingly went on to set aside a further week, that beginning 20 September, in which to wind up the inquiry, should it not be possible to hear all the evidence in June.


Mr V Chapman QC - Inquiry Inspector

“This is a case of some complexity”


The timetable for the June sessions would be as follows:

Wednesday 20 June 11:00 – 17:00
Thursday 21 June 10:00 – 17:00
Friday 22 June 10.00 – 17:00

with time allowed for breaks and lunch.

[Update 26/04/07]
The venue has been announced. It will be the New Pavilion, Radley College (the same place as before).

Other links relevant to this posting


Herald 05/04/07

Oxford Mail 05/04/07

Oxford Mail 06/04/07

Oxford Times 06/04/07

Oxford Mail 09/04/2007


CPRE Campaign Briefing 07 April 2007

The Radley Swan

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