Yikes! Yes, it's yours truly here! I'm currently getting tanked up in Tbilisi but I just had to rush to the blog on the news that our beloved council's planning committee has voted 8-7 to defer the planning decision for CGP's 3m sq ft China Gateway business park to a full council meeting.
What a shock result! It seems the Blue Rinsers have dissenters in the ranks. A quick call to my spy on the spot last night elicited the following eyewitness account:
You should have seen the look on the CGP chap's face at the end - priceless! Blimey, I bet Ken Wills is climbing up the walls of his mansion right about now.
Cllr Gregory (head of the planning committee), cheerful soul that he is, tried to put a brave face on it but eeeeee, I dunno, don't think this one's quite done yet. Moores and Kirby were on the sidelines looking happy that the issue has been put back. I get the feeling that it's Moores and Bruce who could really be the key men in blocking this, if, and it's a big if, they'll make a stand against the gruesome twosome...
So, the plot thickens! What's just as surprising is that a quick call to my broker confirmed that CGP has yet to announce this decision to the stock market. Surely it must be regarded as vital market information? I think the shareholders should be told!
Right, I'm off for a coffee and shot at Near Opera, a cafe which, as the name implies, is, er, near the opera. There's a very attractive waitress there who keeps giving me the eye. I must say, over the past few days she's been on my my my my mind quite a bit!
Update: The full council meeting to decide this issue has now been set for 7pm on 11 September.