|Posted by David Hughes on September 24, 2010 at 4:05 PM|
Councillor Ruth Cadbury, Deputy Leader of the Council said:
'In calling a Special Council Meeting on 21st September, the Conservative Group have not only wasted the time of busy Councillors, but also approximately £4,000 of Council Tax Payers' money. This is an extremely irresponsible action when they are very well aware of the critical financial position the Council may be in later in the Autumn.
Far from 'drastically reducing' the number of Borough Council meetings, we have actually increased the number from six to eight. Cllr. Bowen seems to forget that several Borough Council meetings were cancelled by Peter Thompson during the time the Conservatives were in power. In fact, we will probably have the same number of full Council meetings this year.
Cllr. Bowen knows full well that the meeting was unnecessary. One item should have been referred to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee rather than Borough Council, and the remaining items, although important, were not of an urgent nature, and could have been submitted to the scheduled meeting of Borough Council on 12th October. Cllr. Bowen also knows he has the right to refer any matter to Scrutiny, and this demonstrates a lack of understanding on how the scrutiny process works in holding the Executive to account'.
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