Area committees have been scrapped by Redbridge council

The meetings were cancelled last night at Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford

The meetings were cancelled last night at Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford

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Area committees have been scrapped by Redbridge council.

The Labour group, which took power at last month's election, vowed to end the meetings, which provide an opportunity for people to raise concerns with councillors and have some decision-making powers, to save money.  

The next round of meetings have been cancelled after a vote by full council.

Deputy leader of the Labour council Wes Streeting said: "Area committees are ineffective bodies that I would compare to an Anglo-Saxon court where residents pay homage to their leaders.

"It is a quite bizarre way of doing things and it is right that we will not see them past this summer because we have a huge amount of money to save and this is the first step to doing that.

"Change is uncomfortable but I believe this is a change for the better."

Speaking in the council debate, Liberal Democrat Ian Bond said he was very disappointed by the decision.

He said: "This is a very bad idea, the meetings are a way that people can take their problems to the council and for this to disappear is worrying for residents.

"Local groups and organisations want to secure funding for festivals and events but where will they go now? This decision will make it much harder."

 

 

 

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8:17am Fri 20 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Here we have the first of a long line of change that will deny the public a say in events that concern them.
Here we have the first of a long line of change that will deny the public a say in events that concern them. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 5

12:56pm Fri 20 Jun 14

D M says...

New Labour got enough of the public to put them in charge of Redbridge Council,last month.

Now,they are in power,New Labour,does not want the public to hold them to account and make requests of them at Area Committees.

What will be next?
New Labour got enough of the public to put them in charge of Redbridge Council,last month. Now,they are in power,New Labour,does not want the public to hold them to account and make requests of them at Area Committees. What will be next? D M
  • Score: 2

2:12pm Fri 20 Jun 14

T. Watts says...

Listen to Tory scum and trolls still whining on because they lost the election...
Listen to Tory scum and trolls still whining on because they lost the election... T. Watts
  • Score: -5

3:09pm Fri 20 Jun 14

ianbond says...

The situation is actually more complicated than reported above. Last night the meetings were cancelled, but the committees were not. Formally they still exist with the same powers as before (indeed five minutes before Labour voted to cancel the meetings, they voted to appoint councillors to all the Area Committees). The power to call meetings actually rests with the chair and members of each committee, who can call a meeting for the summer if they wish. Without any meetings, there is nowhere to go for any resident or local organisation wanting to raise a local issue, or apply for funding for a local event. And there is still no sign of the promised alternative from Labour, nor of what public consultation they intend to carry out as part of their proposed change.
The situation is actually more complicated than reported above. Last night the meetings were cancelled, but the committees were not. Formally they still exist with the same powers as before (indeed five minutes before Labour voted to cancel the meetings, they voted to appoint councillors to all the Area Committees). The power to call meetings actually rests with the chair and members of each committee, who can call a meeting for the summer if they wish. Without any meetings, there is nowhere to go for any resident or local organisation wanting to raise a local issue, or apply for funding for a local event. And there is still no sign of the promised alternative from Labour, nor of what public consultation they intend to carry out as part of their proposed change. ianbond
  • Score: 1

4:36pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

T. Watts wrote:
Listen to Tory scum and trolls still whining on because they lost the election...
'Tory scum'

Socialist speak? Why so rude?
[quote][p][bold]T. Watts[/bold] wrote: Listen to Tory scum and trolls still whining on because they lost the election...[/p][/quote]'Tory scum' Socialist speak? Why so rude? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 3

4:58pm Fri 20 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

Rude, and apt. Tories leach on the majority, sitting about in their inherited piles thinking they have a right to govern. Contempt is well deserved.
Rude, and apt. Tories leach on the majority, sitting about in their inherited piles thinking they have a right to govern. Contempt is well deserved. stickmanny
  • Score: -1

6:21pm Fri 20 Jun 14

D M says...

Perhaps,the socialist above,should know,there are several Redbridge Labour councillors, who own more than one house.

I know many Labour supporters,who have inherited property and money.

Envy and jealousy are not socialist traits.

I am not a scumbag. You ?
Perhaps,the socialist above,should know,there are several Redbridge Labour councillors, who own more than one house. I know many Labour supporters,who have inherited property and money. Envy and jealousy are not socialist traits. I am not a scumbag. You ? D M
  • Score: -1

11:16pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

D M wrote:
Perhaps,the socialist above,should know,there are several Redbridge Labour councillors, who own more than one house.

I know many Labour supporters,who have inherited property and money.

Envy and jealousy are not socialist traits.

I am not a scumbag. You ?
They are the worse hypocrites. Champagne socialists, easy to spout on about such socialist values when you have few million in the bank but distance yourself from it until you need a nice house, car or holiday, like the likes of Mandelson.
[quote][p][bold]D M[/bold] wrote: Perhaps,the socialist above,should know,there are several Redbridge Labour councillors, who own more than one house. I know many Labour supporters,who have inherited property and money. Envy and jealousy are not socialist traits. I am not a scumbag. You ?[/p][/quote]They are the worse hypocrites. Champagne socialists, easy to spout on about such socialist values when you have few million in the bank but distance yourself from it until you need a nice house, car or holiday, like the likes of Mandelson. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

2:39pm Tue 24 Jun 14

T. Watts says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
D M wrote:
Perhaps,the socialist above,should know,there are several Redbridge Labour councillors, who own more than one house.

I know many Labour supporters,who have inherited property and money.

Envy and jealousy are not socialist traits.

I am not a scumbag. You ?
They are the worse hypocrites. Champagne socialists, easy to spout on about such socialist values when you have few million in the bank but distance yourself from it until you need a nice house, car or holiday, like the likes of Mandelson.
Cornbeefur!

You missed out the bit about green toothed lefties on the Orford Road.

Yawn.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D M[/bold] wrote: Perhaps,the socialist above,should know,there are several Redbridge Labour councillors, who own more than one house. I know many Labour supporters,who have inherited property and money. Envy and jealousy are not socialist traits. I am not a scumbag. You ?[/p][/quote]They are the worse hypocrites. Champagne socialists, easy to spout on about such socialist values when you have few million in the bank but distance yourself from it until you need a nice house, car or holiday, like the likes of Mandelson.[/p][/quote]Cornbeefur! You missed out the bit about green toothed lefties on the Orford Road. Yawn. T. Watts
  • Score: -1

12:57pm Wed 25 Jun 14

mdj says...

'"Area committees are ineffective bodies that I would compare to an Anglo-Saxon court where residents pay homage to their leaders...'

When was homage disagreeable to the municipal mind?
At Anglo-Saxon courts the King was expected to listen to his subjects' grievances and grant redress; the downside of not doing so could be fatal.


' five minutes before Labour voted to cancel the meetings, they voted to appoint councillors to all the Area Committees...'

This is very interesting: are allowances involved? Pay for doing nothing?
In Waltham Forest it was found that Chairs of the former Community Councils got £4000 a year for their arduous duties, which worked out at £1000 per two-hour session.

If councils - of any party - get the idea that they do not need to run public forums, the answer is for local people to get together and run their own.
If a few residents' associations get together and book a church hall a few times a year it should only cost about 50p a head per session.

The councillors will soon find out whether ignoring them is a good idea.
'"Area committees are ineffective bodies that I would compare to an Anglo-Saxon court where residents pay homage to their leaders...' When was homage disagreeable to the municipal mind? At Anglo-Saxon courts the King was expected to listen to his subjects' grievances and grant redress; the downside of not doing so could be fatal. ' five minutes before Labour voted to cancel the meetings, they voted to appoint councillors to all the Area Committees...' This is very interesting: are allowances involved? Pay for doing nothing? In Waltham Forest it was found that Chairs of the former Community Councils got £4000 a year for their arduous duties, which worked out at £1000 per two-hour session. If councils - of any party - get the idea that they do not need to run public forums, the answer is for local people to get together and run their own. If a few residents' associations get together and book a church hall a few times a year it should only cost about 50p a head per session. The councillors will soon find out whether ignoring them is a good idea. mdj
  • Score: 2

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