Friday, 18 March 2011

Councillors storm out of Cheshire West & Chester Council meeting

FURIOUS Labour councillors from Ellesmere Port stormed out of a full meeting of Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Leader Cllr Derek Bateman (Central and Westminster), his deputy Cllr Pat Merrick (Grange and Rossmore), Grange and Rossmore councillors Angela Claydon and Tony Sherlock, Paul Donovan (Sutton and Manor), Lynn Clare and Justin Madders (Central and Westminster) and other opposition councillors left the ruling Tories to themselves and the handful of Lib Dems as they were out voted in a bid to debate a controversial auditor’s report.

It involved the multi-million pound sale of County Hall in Chester and the purchase of the new HQ offices nearby which led to questions to the district auditor who recently issued a report.

They claimed the auditors had unearthed “a catalogue of financial and legal bad practice” and called on the council to issue “an unreserved apology” to taxpayers and to improve its procedures. 

Cllr Jones said: “It’s beneath contempt how they treat any opposition to their plans. Transparency is an unused word here.” 

My comment: Their track record proves they are as transparent as a brick wall. Even going to the trouble of trying to charge everyone for FOI requests in an attempt to stem the flow of information into the public arena. In addition their predecessors also had a track record of financial and legal bad practice. For more information see my early posts regarding Cheshire County Council.

Read the full story from the source Chester Chronicle

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