Careful reading of these reveals little that is new.
The Council have acknowledged the impact its decisions would have, and that there was excellent science that it would not be able to accommodate in its plan, implicitly recognising that the protests have real substance - damage has been, and will be, done.
Well that's something; not much, but something.
We are still concerned that the Council seems to care more about presentation than the impact upon the careers of the people involved, who will see their research cancelled or curtailed, and the loss of UK leadership in several areas
Go and read it all.