As someone quicker off the mark has already reported (the perennial blogger Cllr Ware-Lane), there was some ‘fun’ at the recent Place Scrutiny meeting.
There were also some important matters discussed. One of the important matters that was there for debate (as requested by the Conservative Group – i.e. Me in this instance) was the proposals for the Blenheim Park Pavilion.
I have today emailed the Chief Executive requesting that the council holds a public meeting, to explain the proposals to the public and garner their views.
My inbox has received several messages from residents concerned about the proposals. The chief complaint (by me and residents) is that we don’t know much about them! Residents, understandably, fear the worst.
I was delighted to call, with the aforementioned councillor, for the matter to be referred back to Cabinet (basically to ask the Administration to think again). My reasoning was to allow for some consultation to take place and for residents’ views to be taken into account.
There is a wonderfully worded introduction to the on-line consultation: “The portfolio holder for Enterprise, Tourism and Economic Development, Cllr Graham Longley, has requested that a consultation is undertaken with local residents and park users regarding a proposal, received by the council, to build a new football pavilion and changing rooms in Blenheim Park.”
This is a load of boloney… he has only ‘requested’ this because his proposal was thrown out by me and the Conservative group (with an honourable mention to an Administration backbencher or two) and he now has to be seen to do something to ensure his plans are not dead in the water.
Well I’m sorry, an on-line consultation and a few letters to residents will not do. I am requesting that the council holds a public meeting, to explain the proposals to the public and garner their views.
Only your Conservative Councillor is standing up for your right to be informed and have a say at what happens in Blenheim Park. Cllr Longley wanted to plough ahead without listening and Cllr Waterworth… well where is he? I haven’t heard a word out of him about the proposals.