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.”