Last nights fiasco
16/12/2014 08:04:00......Posted by Sara Bashford
~~Last night (Monday 15th Dec) at the Council Cabinet meeting I wondered why I was there. Normally at these meeting it is a chance for opposition members, including me, to ask questions about important and costly decisions which are being made that affect the borough. Well last night it hit an all-time low, as the Labour Leader of the Council refused to answer reasonable questions and just said in reply that everything was the fault of national Government. He failed to accept that all Councils and a Government of any colour would have to cut spending as it had blown out of control under Gordon Brown’s Labour Government’s reign.
He refused to even allow questions on why he is closing Purley Pool and why he allowed a report to be issued that said he would build over school playing fields. But what is so worrying is that all the things he has been campaigning about before being elected in May he has forgotten about. Three examples are:-
1. The Labour party campaigned to not have a Waste to Energy plant (incinerator) built in Sutton, which Croydon are a partner in – now he says they won’t change anything as it is too expensive – costs haven’t changed just their view.
2. They were going to move all staff out of Bernard Weatherill House – now his Cabinet Member for Finance says it is a fantastic building
3. They were going to rescind the Library contact and bring the service back in house. Well as we know this hasn’t happened and they have just ploughed more money into one Library in the very north of the borough.
On Wednesday we have another opportunity to ask questions at a Scrutiny meeting, but I don’t hold out much hope in getting any more detail than we did last night. Interestingly the meeting was going to be webcast so residents could see what cuts were being proposed, now it won’t be, what does that tell you.
If we get any answers we will update you, as I am sure it is as important to you as it is to us, to know what the Council now won’t or can’t do for us, which it has in the past.