Police called after attempt to disrupt meeting

Date: Friday 12th October 2018

THERE was standing room only in the public gallery at Penrith Town Hall last night as anti-town masterplan protesters turned out en masse to witness the formal adoption of Eden Council's local plan.

Before the meeting started, Keep Penrith Special campaigner Adrian Hill had circulated a statement to the press in which he said he spoke on behalf of more than 2,000 residents of Eden who had signed a petition to say "no" to the masterplan. He said he wanted councillors to take heed of what he was saying "however uncomfortable it may be".

Last month, at a meeting of Eden Council's scrutiny co-ordinating board, Mr Hill had also attempted to make his voice heard by standing at the back of town hall in order to address councillors.

A spokesman for Keep Penrith Special said Mr Hill did get to read the campaign group's statement in full on Thursday evening against the wishes of the district council. He did this in the reception area of the town hall at the conclusion of the meeting about the local plan.

"Eden District Council tried to throw out 30 members of the public. They even called the police who weren't interested in intervening," the spokesman said.

A Cumbria police spokesman said: "We were called at 7-30pm to a report of a disturbance following a public meeting. Police attended. However, no offences."

Full story in Saturday's paper