South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats send our condolences to the family of Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, who was killed on Thursday whilst attending an advice surgery in her constituency. Jo was a popular Member of Parliament, elected at the 2015 general election, who dedicated herself to serving her community and campaigning for those in need, both in the UK and across the globe. Her death is a great loss to the House of Commons, the Labour Party and the residents of her constituency. Our thoughts are with her family and friends, and with her colleagues in the Labour Party.
Liberal Democrats have ensured that the public’s voice will be heard before any vote on a metro-Mayor in South Gloucestershire. But the Tories have tried to keep it quiet.
The council will decide on June 29th whether or not to support the creation of a new ‘Mayor’ to cover South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath, and North Somerset. But no formal consultation will take place until July, or August. Liberal Democrat leader Ruth Davis raised this at the council’s meeting tonight (May 18th).
Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Ruth Davis said: “For many years, this council has prided itself on our consultations. We go out of our way to talk to residents – and it can always be found on our consultation website. There is no link to the devolution document from that site, there was no press release put out until after we had asked, and the paper merely asks for ‘comments’. Normally, we would ask specific questions, and get clear views.
“This is an incredible offer coming out way, and we need the public to be engaged. We could have launched a proper consultation when this was announced in the budget. We don’t have time for that anymore, but at least we can publicise it better, and make sure it’s linked to from the consultation website where people are normally asked for their views.”
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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.”
After news broke that Stoke Gifford Council would charge a parkrun group to use their parks, South Gloucestershire Lib Dem Councillor Claire Young said: “This is outrageous. The Tory council chair has said people can run in Stoke Gifford whenever they like – except now they can’t on a Saturday morning unless they bring their wallet. We should be encouraging physical activity, and finding ways to support community groups where people want to do things together. Not attacking them, and putting a price on fun.”