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Herefordshire Council has heavily redacted public reports
HEREFORDSHIRE Council has taken to blacking out whole pages of representations put to licensing reports previously available for public view.
A new premises application by the Steiner Academy at Much Dewchurch represents the most extreme example yet of the redaction imposed on licensing reports over recent months.
Previously, redaction has largely been limited to personal details. But in the case of the Steiner application whole or near-whole pages of public representations were redacted, leaving only single sentences – if anything at all.
The council has said it redacted the representations because – if it did not – it "would be possible to challenge the decision made by councillors on the grounds that they had taken into account issues other than those relating to licensing".
- See today's Hereford Times for the full story.