At Mondays Council meeting the issue of devolved services was discussed, with a proposal from Cllr Smith for a public consultation. I will let you make your own judgement by pointing you at the YouTube recording of the full council meeting. (Recording by John Walker – TOPCAMERAMAN)
The relevant section is between 1 hr 17 minutes and 1 hr 37 minutes:
We are interested to hear that the Council will seek ways of consulting with “Informed members of the community” says Councillor Fyson. What is interesting is who will decide who those “Informed Members” are?
We also note with interest Cllr. Gent’s comment that the 3 people who object the most are not even here! That may be down to his view that Councillors do not need to consult with the community because Councillors were elected to do that for them!!! If Cllr. Gent took a quick look at our snap poll he would find that the score is now 12 for and 35 against the council’s proposal, significantly more than three and surely enough to make them think that a consultation process is essential.
We also note that while Council voted on the amendment to Cllr Smiths proposal they did not vote on the original Cllr. Smith proposal. The Mayor was also incorrect in his assertion that Cllr. Smith needed to state how the consultation would take place. Cllr. Smith’s proposal for consultation with the public was seconded and therefore should have been voted on by Council. The Mayor does not have the authority to challenge the wording of the proposal on his own and it is up to the Council to decide how they fulfill the proposal for consultation. We await with interest the proposals from the working group making this decision. The other interesting fact is that this years Council tax included an additional precept of about £100,000 in anticipation of the transfer of assets, but that funding is not ring-fenced in any way. We will watch with interest to see how those funds are allocated over this period.