Lib Dem’s stay-away Councillors

Chandlers Ford P.C Lib Dem group

MIA: Lib Dem Cllrs Arnett,Broadhurst,Bull,Bicknell,Pragnell and Roberts

Liberal Democrat Councillors have failed to show up for Chandler’s Ford Parish Council Meeting for the second time this year.

Out of 18 Parish Councillors, nine of the eleven ruling Conservatives turned up but all seven members of the opposition –  six members of the Lib Dem group and the single Labour member – stayed away.

The special meeting on September 26 was to discuss the planning application for the relocation of the waste recycling dump from Woodside to Chestnut Avenue – a matter of great concern to many parishioners in the Velmore area.

It’s understood apologies were received from Cllrs Broadhurst, Roberts and  Bicknell.

Three Council officers also attended.

No Liberal Democrats were present at the May general meeting of the Parish Council either.

See also Lib Dem Councillor reported to watchdog

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  2 comments for “Lib Dem’s stay-away Councillors

  1. October 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    In Hedge End, Councillors are obliged to turn up because there is virtually no opposition. Just one gallant independent keeping the opposition flag flying. If the Lib Dems didn’t turn up the meetings wouldn’t happen because there wouldn’t be a quorum. What the Lib Dems tend to do here in HEdge End is stifle any debates that they find inconvenient…

    In Chandlers Ford, where the Tories have control, there’s an easier solution for the Lib Dems. If there is a debate they don’t want to have, don’t turn up for the meeting.

    I also think that multi-hatting was a factor here. If you are a Lib Dem on the Borough Council, committed to see through a decision taken by the Borough, you clearly aren’t going to want to be harangued and pressed to do something different when wearing the Parish hat…

    Honestly folks, the sooner we make multi-hatting a thing of the past, the better…

    And three-tiered local Government too, whilst I’m at it. In my opinion, Eastleigh would be much better off run as a Unitary Authority. It removes the multi-hatting problem at a stroke…!

  2. October 9, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I was all geared up for a long rant on this but I read Ray’s comments and he has hit the nail on the head.

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