Why is Deputy Premier Roban on an offensive to override planning decisions again and again? How many times now has he decided to ignore the experts?
Remember back in November 2011, Minister Walter Roban had to resign from Paula Cox’s Cabinet. He quit amid allegations of corruption and subverting the planning process.
The Minister decided to overrule a technical officer’s decision blocking PLP MP Zane DeSilva from building on environmentally protected land at Devonshire Marsh. Minister Roban then intervened to allow his PLP colleague to build warehouses on the marshland. When accused of ‘acting corruptly’ and ‘unethical behaviour’, Minister Roban swiftly resigned, admitting his actions had ‘… brought about questions of the Government’s integrity and accusations of corruption’.
Fast forward to April 2023, the public then witnessed Minister Roban overturning another planning decision, again in favour of MP Zane DeSilva on land near Devonshire Marsh.
And now the Minister overrules expert advice regarding Flatts village…
Perhaps Minister Roban should just change jobs and go run the planning department instead?
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