Some of you may be pleased to know that the application to place a telephone mast outside the Ursuline College on the Canterbury road in Westgate has been refused.
"Common sense prevails" commented Tom King, chair of the residents association. "The worst location possible", said Cllr Gregory, his views echoed by others in the chamber among them Iris Johnston and Brian Goodwin.
What surprised both me and Tom King, is that nobody turned-up to speak against the mast, given the effort put into the protest, so residents should count themselves lucky that both common sense and a little lobbying had the desired result.
Perhaps next time there's an issue of local concern, we need to identify who is going to represent opinion in the council chamber or risk losing without a shot being fired.
The other thing I noticed tonight, sitting through a two hour planning meeting, is that gardens are now brownfield sites in the eyes of government and if your neighbour has a big one, a garden that is, then you could find his new house extension right up against your house wall, with very little to say in the matter.
Cliftonville's Northumberland Avenue now seems to be under threat, a concern expressed by ward councillor Wise at attempts to buy contiguous gardens and build new housing plots on them. This could change the nature of the area if planning permission for the first one is given and councillors are rightly worried by the idea.
So if you have a spare million or so under the bed where Gordon Brown can't find it, go and buy a few large gardens and retire on the profits.