We need answers

York Press: We need answers We need answers

IT IS unacceptable that senior Labour councillors are attempting to block Liberal Democrat calls for an inquiry into the botched Lendal Bridge trial (Lendal Bridge Inquiry Opposed, The Press, June 5).

Part of the problem with the trial from the start was the lack of consultation and openness with residents and businesses.

Labour now seems intent on repeating this mistake by trying to block an open scrutiny review of the policy.

Residents deserve answers to questions which Labour has ducked so far: why there was no proper public consultation, why signage was so poor, how the council ended-up running an "unlawful" scheme, and why the 50,000 plus motorists fined have not been repaid.

These questions are important so that lesson can be learned and mistakes not repeated. It is not good enough for the Labour leader and cabinet member to bury their heads in the sand and hope this goes away.

The final decision on whether to approve the scrutiny review will be taken next week by the cross-party economic scrutiny committee on which Labour holds a majority.

I hope that the backbench Labour councillors on this committee have the courage to support our calls for a review.

Coun Keith Aspden, Group Leader York Liberal Democrats, Heath Moor Drive, Fulford, York.

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2:00pm Sat 7 Jun 14

bolero says...

The Labour backbenchers haven't got the backbone to support anything.
And as for the Lib Dems; well we've had some of your fiascos in the past so don't get too smug.
The Labour backbenchers haven't got the backbone to support anything. And as for the Lib Dems; well we've had some of your fiascos in the past so don't get too smug. bolero
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2:24pm Sat 7 Jun 14

oi oi savaloy says...

VOTE UKIP!
VOTE UKIP! oi oi savaloy
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8:03pm Sat 7 Jun 14

gmsgop says...

The labour backbenchers have twice, in the last 6 months, voted against dictatorial proposals from the labour cabinet and Managment team- so not all hope is lost.
The first time when the Monitoring Officer and the cabinet tried to gag citizens by pushing through, with no consultation, amendments in the constitution severely limiting what Citizens could say in council meetings. They lost that and had an embarrassing climb down at the Audit and Governance committee.
The second time, 23 December - they voted against a proposal by Kersten England to immediately appoint a favoured interim Assistant Director without doing a national talent search. Councillors wanted to make sure citizens benefitted from the best talent our money could buy. Councillors voted to do the search and allow the interim to apply. And you will never guess the lengths to which the 'top management' did not got to find the best talent available. Suffice to say the two day interview process had a very limited number of candidates - I will leave it to our good readers to come up with the number of candidates on the interview list that had to go through the 'rigorous' interview process- of course this was no surprise to those of us closely scrutinising management actions....
So there is some backbone amongst the corporate scrutiny backbenchers. It shocks me that the majority party has the majority on that oversight committee is from the labour majority- they can only recommend anyway as I understand..... So let's hope integrity will win through as it did these last two times.

Gwen Swinburn
The labour backbenchers have twice, in the last 6 months, voted against dictatorial proposals from the labour cabinet and Managment team- so not all hope is lost. The first time when the Monitoring Officer and the cabinet tried to gag citizens by pushing through, with no consultation, amendments in the constitution severely limiting what Citizens could say in council meetings. They lost that and had an embarrassing climb down at the Audit and Governance committee. The second time, 23 December - they voted against a proposal by Kersten England to immediately appoint a favoured interim Assistant Director without doing a national talent search. Councillors wanted to make sure citizens benefitted from the best talent our money could buy. Councillors voted to do the search and allow the interim to apply. And you will never guess the lengths to which the 'top management' did not got to find the best talent available. Suffice to say the two day interview process had a very limited number of candidates - I will leave it to our good readers to come up with the number of candidates on the interview list that had to go through the 'rigorous' interview process- of course this was no surprise to those of us closely scrutinising management actions.... So there is some backbone amongst the corporate scrutiny backbenchers. It shocks me that the majority party has the majority on that oversight committee is from the labour majority- they can only recommend anyway as I understand..... So let's hope integrity will win through as it did these last two times. Gwen Swinburn gmsgop
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8:19am Sun 8 Jun 14

perplexed says...

Another example of 'shifty' politicians and their contempt for members of the public . Reminds me of the the Transport Secretary's veto of the HS2 negative report where Mr McLoughlin and Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office Minister, asked for permission from the whole cabinet to use the rare veto that has previously been used to protect highly sensitive information such as the blocking of publication of Cabinet discussions on the Iraq War, and which was recently ruled unlawful by the Court of Appeal.

Sadly, the cabinet including Lib Dem members agreed! What a surprise. Unfortunately, despite their protestations , you couldn't put a cigarette paper between the politicians of today !
Another example of 'shifty' politicians and their contempt for members of the public . Reminds me of the the Transport Secretary's veto of the HS2 negative report where Mr McLoughlin and Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office Minister, asked for permission from the whole cabinet to use the rare veto that has previously been used to protect highly sensitive information such as the blocking of publication of Cabinet discussions on the Iraq War, and which was recently ruled unlawful by the Court of Appeal. Sadly, the cabinet including Lib Dem members agreed! What a surprise. Unfortunately, despite their protestations , you couldn't put a cigarette paper between the politicians of today ! perplexed
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