Phil Gadd says…
SKDC recently altered the constitution which removes a lot of public engagement.
However, they did promise a committee would look into the alterations and make recommendations back to full council for consideration.
I had previously ( quite successfully) used the questions to keep Riverside in the press and current. It appears they want to remove public involvement across the board.
So, what used to happen? You put in written question 72 hrs in advance of meeting . It was scrutinised and if relevant approved. You then turn up at the meeting put your question and they provide a prepared answer. You could then USE the supplementary question, which had to be relevant to your original question & the original answer provided to get clarification ..such as could you promise when? how much will the compo be? how will that be assessed? etc.
They had previously voted to remove supplementary questions and also the same person , or any member of the public else cannot ask a question on the same issue for six months!.
All it has done is removed the opportunity to continue bringing them to book. The answer provided is usualy rubbish but if you are smart the supplementary can nail them down…hence why they have removed it!
Last Monday I wrote to Mark Whittington who chairs the Constitution meeting with my concerns. He stated they would recommend to reinstall the supplementary public question.
On Monday all the tories, including Whittington, voted to remove supplementary. There is no way back..
Public involvement is slowly being excluded.
See from 1:12:25 Item 5 on this subject
Tories all voted to remove supplementary!!