Although I don't know the direct cause of council's decision this time, it reminds me of an old story.
Quote some Diego's words:
Don’t think we woke up this morning and decided to get rid of any developer. We considered this for a quite long time. Over all, I think the decision was took after a too long time.
You can criticise, you can joke, but if the people you joke upon don’t laugh with you at the joke, then apologise and stop it!