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Broads mess raises vital questions about unity between our public bodies

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Ever had one of those arguments that starts off on something relatively insignificant and then just grows and grows until by the end of it you can barely even remember what the fight was about in the first place?

Well, I think we're seeing the local government equivalent play out right now.

As reported by this newspaper, what initially started as a difference of opinion over the future of two boat moorings in the tiny village of Haddiscoe, has escalated into a bitter row involving people in positions of high authority within at least three of our public bodies.

In case you've missed it, I shall quickly summarise.

Two brothers who own the area in question want to utilise it for boat moorings. A decision to refuse was made by officers under delegated powers at the Broads Authority, rather than went to members.

A brouhaha ensued leading that decision to be overturned, but bizarrely the brothers still could not utilise the area as they wanted to. So far, so parochial.

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