What happened to working for public?

PUBLISHED: 12:01 15 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:47 04 May 2010

COUNCILLOR Ashton stated that the Environment and Transport Committee is Liberal Democrat controlled. Councillor Ashton usually prides himself on his proficiency with figures; it was he who tried unsuccessfully to persuade council that a huge increase in

COUNCILLOR Ashton stated that the Environment and Transport Committee is Liberal Democrat controlled. Councillor Ashton usually prides himself on his proficiency with figures; it was he who tried unsuccessfully to persuade council that a huge increase in the cost of the proposed new council offices remained good value.

Here we go again, somehow four conservative members, one Independent and four Liberal Democrat add up to Liberal Democrat control. Even my rudimentary grasp of figures leads me to see a mathematical balance.

The Independent member has a voting record that is not coloured by politics. On the Broad Street car park extension proposals he spoke well against what he reasonably saw as short-sighted opportunism.

Immediately after the full council decision to proceed with further consultation on the car park, the Environment and Transport committee had to elect a new chairman. Not unreasonably I proposed Councillor Ashton.

He declined the nomination and proposed me. While I am pleased that he has confidence in my abilities I am sure that he will understand that until the council comes to its senses over his car park proposals, then I will probably not want to be responsible for driving this policy U-turn forward.

We have all read Cllr Ashton extolling the virtues of charging in past issues. What has changed in our parking situation that requires this change of tack? What happened to consistency of argument and working for the public good?

CLLR IAN ALLEN

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