Liberal Democrat Borough councillor David Watts chairs his first Planning Committee tonight under the new coalition with Labour.
Party politics normally doesn't feature, but committee members may well be brushing up on their animal rights policies as the issue has been aired nationally in The TIMES.
Update [June 27]: David Watts' committee overturned the officers' recommendation last evening and granted permission for the wild cat enclosure. The villagers who were opposed to the project [on Green Belt land between a bridleway and the M1] had procured a last-minute offer from the Born Free Foundation to house the cubs. The applicants were determined to keep them but guaranteed to demolish the enclosure on the lions' death or removal.
See the BBC News coverage of the meeting here.