A strange way to upload documents

Nishkam put up some 50+ additional files for its application some days ago on its own website. These have still not appeared on the Council’s planning website (which is still up and down like a yo-yo).

Well, that is not quite true. Two of the documents has appeared but in a really bizarre way.

Nishkam has announced a plan to cut 22 trenches for archaeological purposes. It has agreed this with Historic England. Nishkam has sent a letter to the planners to explain this and also submitted a document from CgMs Consultants explaining the purpose of the investigation and the methods that will be used.

The covering letter has not been put on the Council website but the map of the trenches and the CgMs document are there. But here’s the strange thing. These documents exist in pdf format on the Niskham website and were presumably sent in that form to the Council (along, no doubt, with hard copies). For the Council website, however, someone has gone through the time-wasting exercise of scanning the documents and putting the scans on the site instead of the original documents. This (1) is a wast of time, (2) makes the files much larger than the original, (3) reduces the quality and (4) makes the documents unsearchable.

What on earth is going on at the Council planning website. We will be asking about this?

Scanned version on the left, original pdf on the right. Ten times the file size for one tenth of the quality!
Scanned version on the left, original pdf on the right.
Ten times the file size for one tenth of the quality!

So someone is taking time to scan documents and then to upload the scans to the website rather than simply uploading the original document. Bizarre!

Note added 26th August. The above map, in any form, appears to have been removed from the planning website (did they react to our comments above?). The scan of the CgMs document, however, remains.