Posted by: westlancashirerecord | October 21, 2016

News from Full Council

West Lancashire Borough Councill backed the “Total Eclipse of the S*n Campaign” totecl put forward by Councillor Kevin Wilkie who was at Hillsborough in 1989. He told Council he was 14 years old when he attended that match with his dad and a friend. After the crush he couldn’t find his friend but people were dead. He urged his fellow councillors to support him in putting a stop to the paper being sold in West Lancashire.

Councillors who voted against the Total Eclipse of the S*n Campaign expressed their condolences and some claimed that while they did not condone the actions or reporting by the newspaper they were concerned that the campaign would be an act of censorship on the residents they represent. Cllr Sam Currie who apparently has never knowingly spoken his own mind since being elected and represents Aughton and Downholland said he would “never buy or read the newspaper myself but it is up to the people of West Lancashire to make that decision for themselves, not through coercive censorship, but anyway Wally will guide me, ie censor me and coerce me, to my decision”. The vote was recorded, 30 councillors voted in favour of the motion, 12 voted against it, and eight abstained from voting.

The motion to introduce an annual charge of £30 to collect garden waste was passed. Being a specialist on the subject of occupying wheely bins wexitforwally, Cllr Wally Westley proposed an amendment to the motion that would see the £30 charge dropped but it failed by 26 votes to 21.

A motion was introduced to save money on the council budget. The motion for the introduction of various other changes was passed with a vote of 27 for and 22 against. It will introduce an annual charge of £30 to collect garden waste from next year; charge £25 per year per bin to have an extra green bin emptied; remove static recycling sites across the Borough; reduce the time period for discretionary Council Tax discounts on empty properties; reduce the car allowances paid to staff and Councillors for business mileage. But council tax payers see no appetite for Council charging staff who park free all day. And of course councillors didn’t vote like turkeys for Christmas and cut their numbers to 36 carryonatthecouncil.

On grammar schools, Councillor Dowling stated that the council should be proud of its existing good schools in the borough and they should oppose the introduction of grammar schools as it could be detrimental to the council schooling network. The vote to support this motion was carried with 29 votes in favour with 17 against and three abstentions.

The Labour Group put forward a motion to put a ban on fracking due to its incompatibility with their targets to tackle climate change. The vote for the council to deny fracking to take place on council owned land was passed with a unanimous vote by those who remained in the chamber. Question is, who left and why?

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