A public slap in the face

Tory-run South Gloucestershire Council is refusing to give local people a say before a crucial vote on a new Metro Mayor.

 

The council published a new website (www.southglos.gov.uk/devolution) on the 10th of May, explaining that while the decision would be taken in June, the first ‘consultation’ would be in July or August.

 

Liberal Democrat leader Councillor Ruth Davis said: “This is crackers! What on earth is the point in a consultation taking place after the vote?

 

“This is one of the biggest decisions we will ever have to take. The nearly £1bn of investment over 30 years, combined with a Metro-Mayor to cover the whole area is a knife-edge decision. The public should absolutely be involved – and they’re being told their voice is going to be shut out until after the Tories have decided.

 

“We’ve been promised all along that there would be a proper public consultation, and the vote would be after we’d heard the voices of local residents. It tells you all you need to know about the Tories – the views of residents are irrelevant. You’re not allowed to say anything until after they’ve already decided. It’s disgraceful.”