It’s fair to say that the DMF meeting that was held on Monday in Earl Haig was a bit on the contentious side. On the one hand, it was gratifying to see that many questions came not from campaign groups but from local residents on their own behalf – the community engaged.

On the other hand it was disappointing that FEC had no representatives there, leaving the architects and Council officers answering many questions with, “When the planning application arrives….” and “We’ll take that away…”.

Not quite good enough for most. Towards the end of the meeting one persion asked for a show of hands from the audience as to “Yay” or “Nay”. If memory serves the “Nay” had it by a 10-1 margin.

In the event, the two big changes were:

  • it’s not actually an apartment-hotel (which will surprise anyone who’s been to the consultation session as recently as Saturday) but now just a hotel-hotel – no four-star boutique element mentioned here;
  • and that the massed buildings in the car park are going to be seven storeys in height.

Neither one of those went down well. More to follow re: planning application etc