Last Tuesday was the Borough Council Meeting. Here is the agenda. At the beginning, I made an announcement about a very major project at the Council, namely to safeguard the IT Operation at the Council by building a new Data Centre. This is not the type of success that would be well known outside of the walls of the Civic Centre but I can place my hand on heart and say how proud I am of what has been achieved – it was a crucial piece of work. It has been well managed and hugely reduces what was a major risk to the Council. The Interim Head of ICT has received a mention in the Press recently. I know that I, as Lead Member for Corporate Services at the Council, have a lot to thank Tony Glew for. A tremendous Leader who has contributed in a major way towards turning things around. I will probably say more on this once the Data Centre Project is closed.
Item 5 was a report in my name and one that I am very proud of. Yet another example of how this administration has turned things around since we became the administration in 2006.
The key feature of the report was the very clear indication that the Stage 3 Members Panel, established at my recommendation, has been a big success in terms of making sure that the Council resolves more complaints that it receives much earlier than previous.
I began to think that this was a good idea not long after I was elected in 2002, having seen how a constituent of mine was treated in one case. The matter was formally discussed in 2005. The then Labour Administration had no interest and produced rubbish arguments for why it would not work.
Now that this has been proven to be a big success, does anyone think that the Labour Group said anything on the lines of, “we are pleased to acknowledge that our previous opposition to this idea was not well founded”? Quickest ways to form an opinion are either to listen to the Council’s webcast or just judge on past experiences.