Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 27, 2017

Whingeing Wally Westley’s Consultation Woes

It seems that Wally Westley wants to know “Why did Labour bother to go through a costly public consultation exercise and then completely ignore the overwhelming 83% who voted against the introduction of the charge?” when whingeing about the green bin tax wallytoy. Oh, simple really, he’s hoping to be elected to a lucrative LCC seat in the May elections. Note his admission that public consultation exercises are costly…and paid for from council tax!

So what’s the Conservative record on costly public consultation exercises? In 2009/10 there were 17 consultations. In 2010/11 there were 9 consultations. In 2011/12 there were 6 consultations. In 2012/13 there were 7 consultations. In 2013/14 there were 5 consultations.

Labour took control on 7 May 2015. There were 14 consultations leading up to the May 2015 elections. Since then there have been some consultations that were started under Conservatives and finished under Labour, and some started by Labour. Costs include fees for press notices. There seems not to be an item for consultation costs in the WLBC Accounts but no doubt there will be references to them somewhere.

Meanwhile, in the run-up to the May LCC elections, watch out for more wild and ridiculous political claims made by party political candidates rather than reasoned and informative comments.

Here is the latest consultation, the Stakeholder Survey 2017

The Council is seeking the views of community groups and local businesses about where we should make reductions in spending or increase income. The 2017 Stakeholder Survey gives your organisation a chance to influence the decisions the Council will make about the services we provide.

To complete the survey on behalf of your organisation visit https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=148724453844 or print off the attached pdf. The survey will take around five minutes to complete.

The deadline for submitting views is 7 April 2017. Results will be published on http://www.westlancs.gov.uk later in the year. If you feel you are not the appropriate person, then please pass this email on to the person who can give views on behalf of your organisation.

If you prefer to submit your organisation’s views by letter or email, or if you would like a paper or large-print copy, please contact Jane McNeice by phone on 01695 585380, or email jane.mcneice@westlancs.gov.uk.

We are keen to contact as many organisations and businesses as possible, so please accept our apologies in advance if you receive this invitation more than once. We will only be able to accept one response on behalf of each organisation. If members of your organisation wish to give their views as individual residents they can do so via the Citizen Survey on the council website http://www.westlancs.gov.uk/yourviews

We hope you will be able to take part. The views of local organisations are important and we’d like to thank you, in advance, for taking the time to influence the future provision of services in West Lancashire.

Yours sincerely. Kim Webber. Chief Executive


Responses

  1. It seems that Wally Westley wants to know “Why did Labour bother to go through a costly public consultation exercise and then completely ignore the overwhelming 83% who voted against the introduction of the charge?”

    What an ignoramous Wally is. He needs only to look back a short time ago when his own (then) controlling Party regularly ignored the majority of the local electorate during the farcical Local Plan.

    • About the farcical Local Plan, during which Wally publicly and falsely accused campaigners of telling lies door to door, and that really was a disgrace, but told us all we needed to know about his character. He is now leading his own local party, including the councillor who sits in two different councils, by the nose into oblivion. Nice one Wally, keep up the good work!


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