Photo of the Cabinet Room where secret decisions are now being taken
Like a scene out of the film ‘Back to the Future’, Council Leader Kevin Davis arrived back at the Guildhall in May, set up a secret Cabinet Room and has taken his political Group in a time machine back to the days when Tories in power sadly meant decisions were made behind closed doors.
Speaking out on today’s major announcement to merge services wholesale between Richmond and Kingston, Lib Dem Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Liz Green said,
“This is not Council Policy and if it was a Tory election promise then we all missed it! They cannot say they have a mandate. Frankly, this decision has been made by a handful of Tories in Kingston behind closed doors. Even Richmond Tories have the decency to take this to a public meeting for discussion before saying it will definitely happen. We had a Council meeting less than a week ago at which we could have discussed the pros and cons of this decision.
“Of course if the Tory majority at Council hadn't voted to end the Scrutiny Panel, decisions like this could have been scrutinised in detail! Instead we were told that with opposition councillors sitting on committees we don't need scrutiny anymore. So where was the opposition and resident input into this major decision, Councillor Davis?"