Friday, 14 January 2011

A strange interpretation of accountabilty

 I reported yesterday  on the strange case of the Leader of Sefton Conservatives defending the repeated failure of Labour Cabinet Member, Councillor John Fairclough, to attend Area Committee meetings to listen to what the public had to say over the Council’s failures on gritting – for which he is politically responsible

The Crosby Herald reported the story yesterday, and the Southport Visiter carry a similar story today (headed “Grit boss absent”), except this now carries a comment from my Birkdale ward colleague, Simon Shaw.

It is interesting to compare the approach of Lib Dem Councillor Simon Shaw. with that of Conservative boss Councillor Paula Parry.

Today’s Visiter article concludes as follows:

But Sefton Conservative leader Paula Parry said the attendance at Area Committees of Chief Executive Margaret Carney, and top Council officers Jerry McConkey and Peter Moore was sufficient and Cllr Fairclough did not need to be there.

Liberal Democrat councillor Simon Shaw said: "I am rather concerned there seems to be an emerging pattern of Councillor Fairclough being unwilling to hear what the public has to say about the council's failures over the Christmas period."

"This is the area for which he has responsibility."

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