Here was the agenda.
The Conservative Group supported items 5, 6 & 9. It was unable to support item 7 as we do not believe that the promises made by Labour at the 2010 Local Elections are being kept. I proposed, and Councillor Brad Fisher seconded, the following motion:
“At the 2010 Local Elections, Labour made the following promise:
“Action on crime with 100 uniformed officers on the streets in this area and CCTV [closed circuit television] in crime hotspots.”
When it became the Administration, references to the Borough’s Five Areas were removed and the wording of the pledge was:
“Action on crime with 100 uniformed officers on the streets and CCTV in crime hotspots”
In view of the unacceptable difference between what Labour promised and what the Council is now pledging, Borough Council considers the first theme, a Safe Borough, to be lacking in credibility and calls for the Labour Group to keep its promises.”
We did not support agenda item 8.
The six tabled questions (three from each Group) were interesting. My supplementary question (item 15) would have surprised no-one, namely whether the Lead Member would agree with me that more flats on this site would be a sad outcome? The only surprise was the comments from others – they gave the impression that more flats would be a good thing. It should, however, be acknowledged that the answer to item 11 did state that some of the capital receipt would be ringfenced for community benefit. I do not recall a figure but will check the minutes when they are published.
As for item 16, the Lead Member did not guarantee a weekly collection.