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Herefordshire Council's 'secret' hearing met with fierce opposition
4:43pm Thursday 5th April 2012 in Hereford City
CABINET members have this afternoon approved a number of new terms to the city's multi-million pound Old Market project amid an extraordinary meeting.
Around 50 members of the public at the council's Brockington headquarters were barred from listening to part of the debate because it contained sensitive information.
The decision was met with cries of anger from the public gallery and opposition councillors.
"There is nothing in this report that is personally sensitive but there is much that is politically sensitive," said Lib Dem leader Terry James, who along with Independent leader Bob Matthews and It's Our County head Mark Hubbard refused to sit in on the private part of the agenda.
"I don't wish to be party to such a charade," Coun James added.
The meeting resumed after 40 minutes of private debate.
Tory members, including Coun Russell Hamilton, said they fully supported the scheme.
"Are you going to sit by and watch the demise of this this city while others develop," he said.
"I ask cabinet to support this because in my opinion the county has no future without it."
For the full story see next week's Hereford Times.