Sefton Council’s most expensive committee has become a total farce, say the Liberal Democrats. The latest meeting of this body held in Bootle Town Hall on the 21st July lasted an amazing 48 seconds and included no discussion about any decision despite both the £2.9 Million Southport Town Centre Heritage Lottery bid, and the Sefton Borough Sports Field Strategy being on the agenda.
Opposition party Members are allowed to attend meetings of the Cabinet Committee as are members of the public however neither can play any part in the Cabinet’s deliberations.
Councillor Nigel Ashton, who attended the meeting said:
“I was absolutely shocked. You blinked and it was over. It was farcical. I had been told that the meetings were becoming shorter and shorter but did not believe it. So I took my stopwatch. This ‘meeting’ lasted all of forty-eight seconds.”
Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Councillor Sue McGuire said:
“When there are such serious pressures on council spending, so much so that important services are being cut, every hour that is spent by senior councillors and officers of the council needs to be productive and worthwhile. This Cabinet Meeting costs the Council Tax payers thousands of pounds per minute – and for what?
Councillor Sue McGuire added
“These Cabinet meetings clearly only rubber-stamps decisions already made elsewhere. Meetings like this are not open or transparent and its clear that any discussion on agenda items are undertaken elsewhere away from public scrutiny.”