However, you have to wonder about new Whitley councillor Kelly Edwards involvement in the process. Tesco tell us that they have engaged the services of Green Issues Communiqué to be the PR consultants for the process and to that effect residents and councillors have been sent a letter detailing a couple of PR events being run by that company.
Now I knew that Ms Edwards worked for them and I asssumed that she was "hands off" but I'm staggered to find that she is actually the lead manager for the Tesco account at Green Issues Comminiqué.
It makes me wonder why, as an Abbey resident and former Redlands candidate, did she switch from a seat that Labour always told us they were going to walk to stand as the Labour candidate for Whitley. Was it to represent her consituents or her client?
It'll probably be blamed on the Council but I note that she hasn't published her declaration of interests yet.
From the Green Issues Communiqué web site:
Team – Kelly Edwards, Executive Director
Kelly Edwards has worked at Green Issues for seven years and is Executive Director in charge of operations. Kelly is based in Reading and is the lead manager of two of the company’s key accounts in retail and house building: Tesco and Bellway. She also has particular experience in renewable projects.
Update: I was reminded this morning (25/06/11) by a resident that Green Issues were the company responsible for the PR for the Lok 'n' Store development