HC Deb 16 December 1958 vol 597 cc931-2
28 and 29. Mr. Ridsdale

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs (1) in the case of a petrol station to be built on the Kirby road, near Frinton-on-Sea, what evidence of need was produced to show that this petrol station was necessary; and what were his inspector's conclusions on the question of need;

(2) when considering the question of a petrol station in Kirby Road, near Frinton-on-Sea, what account he took of his circular No. 25/58, issued on 1st April, with particular regard to ',he question of need.

Mr. Bevins

The inspector who held the local inquiry reported that there was no strong evidence of need for the petrol station. The point at issue on the appeal was not, however, whether a station on this site was necessary, but whether it would be injurious to amenity; and on that point, as my hon. Friend knows, my right hon. Friend did not feel that refusal of permission would be justified.

Mr. Ridsdale

In view of my hon. Friend's undertaking, given in the Adjournment debate last week, can he say whether his right hon. Friend the Minister has studied this case again? Is my hon. Friend aware that his replies to date have convinced people that a mistake has been made which he is trying unsuccessfully to cover up? Is there any sign yet of the Minister thawing from his frozen attitude of unwillingness to revoke this decision?

Mr. Bevins

I said in the Adjournment debate that my right hon. Friend would study what my hon. Friend said on that occasion. My right hon. Friend has done that and has decided against revocation of the decision.