Last week I submitted a request, supported by three members (to comply with the constitution) for a special meeting of the Councils Business Committee to investigate allegations that the Councils Community Patrol was being used to provide security to private businesses and individuals.
Two days later I receive an email from Democratic Services saying I can’t requisition a meeting with three signatories, telling me I had to have the agreement of spokespeople and Chair. I replied pointing out the wording in the constitution that allowed me to do that.
So about four hours later I receive another communication, this time telling me that it was not the Business Committees remit and it would have to be Environment Committee, so I duly arrange for three signatories from that committee to requisition a meeting.
So today I receive an email telling me the Chair of the Environment Committee, Labour Councillor Philip Brightmore had agreed to the meeting but not until some time in NOVEMBER, that will be at least 8 weeks after my request. Now for a Council that professes to be open and transparent, I have to ask why the delay?
It’s our Council tax that is paying for community patrol surely it is in everyone’s interest to ensure they are only protecting our Councils property. Over to you Councillor Brightmore.