Posts Tagged ‘Councillor John Connelly’

Another 4000 reasons to punish Labour

April 28, 2010

A Special Meeting of the Borough Council was called last night.  There is a provision within the Council Procedure Rules for a number of Councillors to do this.  The likes of Councillors Connelly and Sharma were signatures.

Here is the agenda.

Not one Councillor justified why it was necessary to call a Special Meeting for this, which is important as it costs approximately £4000 to have a Borough Council Meeting.  Whilst I do not put a price on democracy, residents have a right to know why certain Independents and Labour felt it necessary to call a Special Meeting for this.  Why did they not propose a motion at any of the scheduled meetings during the past four years and why was it so urgent that needed to be decided just over a week before Local Elections?  Or have I just answered my own question?

The performance of Councillors Sharma, Cadbury and Vaught was especially poor and unpleasant, indeed none of them were willing to take an intervention from me when they were speaking.  I wonder why that was?

Feel free to take a look at the agenda and decide whether you believe that last night was appropriate?  No justification was given for last night’s urgency.

Update: See here for an article about this.

Current news on budget

March 2, 2010

Beyond what was previously posted regarding tonight, there is now an amendment from Cllrs John Connelly and Peter Hills.  Tonight’s meeting can be viewed on the Council’s webcast.

Take Back Power Hounslow

July 7, 2009

The above events have been taking place this week.  I went along to Isleworth yesterday and was in the audience.  Earlier this evening, I was the other side of the table and was on the panel as Mary Macleod had a long standing engagement.  Cllr Andrew Dakers deserves credit for organising these meetings and for putting up his own money in advance to pay for the venues and advertising etc.  His parents were also working very hard in supporting his efforts and I really enjoyed speaking with them before & after the two events.

Here are some pictures from the first event in Isleworth:


When I was leaving, I noticed the following (I did not see them there when I entered):


Here are some pictures from the event in Hounslow:


From LtoR: Cllr John Connelly, Cllr Andrew Dakers, Peter Hughes (President, Brentford Chamber of Commerce), Me, John Hunt (Green Party)

And, at the end with people beginning to leave:


Whilst it would have been nice to have seen more in Hounslow, both meetings surpassed my own expectations.

I do not think I changed my own view on anything in any fundamental way but these discussions are very helpful.