Search

Concerns raised over mounting number of cancelled Gravesham council meetings

PUBLISHED: 10:18 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:51 16 June 2017

Gravesham council offices

Gravesham council offices

Archant

Meetings about community services, environment and housing have been cancelled since January

Concerns have been raised by Gravesham council leaders over the number of cancelled council committee meetings.

The council’s cabinet is formed of Conservative councillors who each have a portfolio. Each portfolio has it’s own politically balanced committee, called cabinet committees, made up of nine councillors, which meets regularly so members can share issues for the cabinet member to take to agenda meetings.

Since January seven meetings have been cancelled in total, something which Gravesham Labour leader, councillor John Burden labelled “concerning.”

A council spokesperson said: “In the last municipal year seven cabinet committee meetings across the five areas were cancelled. So far in this municipal year two meetings have had to be rescheduled due to the election.”

Cllr Burden said: “It’s absolutely crazy, it means that those of us who aren’t Conservative councillors and on the cabinet aren’t getting a say on anything.

“They’ve cancelled community services, and housing meetings. What about those Gravesham residents who need housing, they’re just expected to wait even longer. Performance and administration meetings also keep getting cancelled. Those meetings are for us to review how the council is operating, they’re extremely important, and yet for a lot of the meetings that come up portfolio holders are saying ‘there’s nothing to be discussed’ which is absurd.”

Council leader, David Turner, said: “I am also very concerned about this, and I understand why Labour councillors have raised this issue, as it means they’re losing their chance to have a say within the council.

“Portfolio holders have been cancelling meetings and stating their reason as there’s nothing to discuss, however, in my view they need to find something to talk about. There should always be more we can do, and therefore more to talk about.

“The cabinet committee meetings are very worthwhile and cancellation should be rare. However, some recent cancellations were caused by the intervention of elections. We should all be looking harder to find interesting things to discuss and I will be encouraging members of committees and cabinet members to suggest agenda items.

“I’m working to try and fix this issue within the council.”

Cancelled meetings include topics such as community services, environmental services, performance/administration, and housing.

Latest News

12:00

Which one of these nine defenders is England’s greatest centre back of all time?

Firefighters were called to a fire involving some vehicles and sheds in Gloucester Road, Gravesend this morning.

Yesterday, 20:30

Kent century-maker Sean Dickson admitted the first two days of their County Championship Division Two match with Warwickshire had been totally different at Tunbridge Wells.

A further 172 homes were approved for Ebbsfleet Garden City last night (Wednesday, June 20).

Yesterday, 20:00

Second-innings centuries by Sean Dickson and Joe Denly helped Kent to build a potentially game-defining lead of 431 runs as the hosts closed on day two of their top-of-the-table Specsavers County Championship clash with Warwickshire on an impressive 359-6.

Yesterday, 12:00

Some England kits from previous World Cups have been more memorable than the team’s performance, but can you match the England kit to the tournament it was worn in?

Most read

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Gravesend Reporter e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Gravesend Reporter twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder