Friday, 9 January 2015

Wokingham Lib Dems call an Extraordinary Council Meeting

Liberal Democrat councillors have called an extraordinary council meeting of the council to try and resolve the lack of democracy and debate at Wokingham Borough Council. They want to add in a much needed January meeting of the Council to the annual schedule of meetings.

Cllr Lindsay Ferris (Twyford ward) said “In November Wokingham’s Conservatives showed they don’t do local democracy by using their votes to stop the Council meeting at 10.30pm, preventing any discussion at all of items raised by the Lib Dems. Because the next meeting in February is kept for the budget, the next chance the Liberal Democrats have to raise these topics is not until March when it will be far too late for them to be discussed. Between November and February there are several months in which residents cannot ask questions or present petitions. We think there should be a Council Meeting in January to plug the gap.

Not only do we want the opportunity to raise issues in a timely way that are important to residents, also every January the council has to set the council tax base. But because there is no January meeting a smaller special meeting has to happen to agree this, one which does not include all the councillors.

This isn’t the first year we have asked for a January meeting. The Conservatives have ignored us so far but it’s too important for us to just drop it.  If the Conservatives stopped blocking calls for a January full council meeting Wokingham’s residents would get a council that works harder, engages in better democracy and is more open and accountable”

[Ed - Apologies to readers, this press release was added to the website late.]