Opposition members of Kingston Council arranged a seven hour long Scrutiny meeting this week on the One Council programme, starting at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. In attendance was Conservative councillor Ian George who just two months ago complained on his on-line blog that daytime meetings were “undemocratic” and “annoying”.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Dave Ryder-Mills participated in the mammoth length Scrutiny meeting on Tuesday afternoon. He said: “Liberal Democrat councillors are happy to take the time needed to allow for proper and constructive scrutiny of the One Council programme. This programme is on course for not only modernising council services and making them more responsive to what residents want – but will also save £8 million over the next three years.”
Cllr Ryder-Mills added: “However, the time and length of this meeting was set by the Tory opposition. The outspoken Cllr George had recently protested that holding meetings during the day was ‘undemocratic’ and just ‘had to stop’. It seems he is saying one thing in cyberspace, and quite another to his colleagues on the Conservative front bench.”