‘Farcical’ council status slammed

SKEGNESS Town Council’s quality status is a ‘farce’ - a former councillor claims.

John Byford was dismayed to discover that poor councillor attendance forced the cancellation of last Tuesday’s direction and strategy committee meeting.

Along with other town councillors he has called for ‘fresh blood’ and a radical shake-up of the system.

“I think the council has fallen apart and totally lost the plot about where it is going.

“I’m pleased there is an election coming up and I really hope we get some fresh blood on the council.”

Coun Byford, who now sits on East Lindsey District Council was a town councillor for eight years, during which time it was awarded its quality status.

Although he said there were still some excellent councillors he feels the committee structure is excessively complicated and a hindrance to progress.

“It has no direction it has no strategy - it has failed.” He said

“I always objected to this committee structure - they give them these fancy names but no one knows what they are about.”

Fewer than half the committee members attended the meeting and not all of the absentees sent their apologies.

As a result the meeting was deemed to be ‘inquorate’ and could not legally proceed.

One of the absent councillors, Coun Neil Cooper, believes the current system of forcing councillors to sit on at least one committee was unnecessary and counter-productive.

With many additional responsibilities in his county and district Burgh-le-Marsh Parish council roles he willingly attends full town council and planning meetings but felt it would be wrong to put his name for a committee when he was already absolutely ‘flat out’.

“It’s not about how many committees there are its about what outcomes we achieve, you can talk about these things forever without anything ever getting done.” He said

Coun George Saxon has also voiced his concerns with the current committee system.

“I’ve said all along I am against these committees.

“It basically means everything has to get done twice, so things can take three or four months to resolve, by which time it is too late. He also said he believed the committees put too much decision making power into the hands of too few councillors who have key roles in several committees.