Conservatives leading Poole Council seem determined to avoid scrutiny and public debate.
This was shown yet again at the November council meeting when Lib Dem councillors backed motions:
- critical of plans to downgrade Poole A&E – particularly the impact that traffic congestion could have on patient safety and whether the already stretched ambulance service can cater for people with serious injuries who need to get to Bournemouth Hospital quickly.
- calling for a ban on fracking on or under land within Poole boundaries.
- urging the council to support the Lord Dubs’ Safe Passage Initiative to accept three refugee children a year for 10 years. This is linked to the 80th anniversary of Kindertransport which brought 10,000 children from Germany to the UK.
All of these motions were passed back to committees when they should have been debated on the night.
Councillor Marion Le Poidevin (Branksome West) said:
“Lib Dems are determined to hold the Conservative administration to account whether they like it or not.
“We're working for the best possible outcomes for local people, the environment, and those caught up in war and suffering unimaginable hardship.
“We challenge the Conservatives to work for the good of Poole and its people, not party advantage.”