Well, it seems the Boundary Commission has agreed to the Tory demands and reduce the number of councillors by TEN!
Mark Hawthorne, County Council Leader, said “I am pleased the Commission has agreed with Conservative arguments to cut the number of councillors. I could not look our staff who are facing redundancy in the face if councillors weren’t sharing the pain too.”
That just proves to me that he just doesn’t get democracy! Its not the councillors themselves who will feel the pain of this, its the constituents they represent, and the fact they will not be able to get as much time with their elected representative, if at all! Having pointed out in my last post that it would mean looking after 16000 people, I did think that it may not make much difference as I have never seen Vic Rice since he was elected, Jackie Hall seems to cover the patch.
This move will save the Tax Payer £88k. But what will it cost the tax payer in terms of accountability and scrutiny?
As much as it pains me to say it, I agree with Jeremy Hilton when he says “I’m worried about the community work and the scrutiny of policies and challenging the cabinet in the way they administer the county council services. It might be difficult for that to happen effectively with reduced numbers.”
I think he is right – I think this is a bad move – What price democracy?