Statement from Ribble Valley Conservatives in reponse to Labours proposal for SRBC Bamber Bridge Cabinet Meeting
On Monday a by election was called in Bamber Bridge East requested by local residents. On the same day the Labour South Ribble Council Cabinet announced in the press a cabinet meeting and Q and A in Bamber Bridge We are not surprised the Labour controlled cabinet suddenly takes an interest in Bamber Bridge.
This will give local residents the opportunity to question the Labour Leaders desire to boost local democracy which we fully support in the Conservative party.
On the day of this meeting Councillor Foster and his deputy Councillor Titherington will be returning from a court in Manchester where the former South Ribble Chief executive is suing them personally along with the Borough Council for unfair dismissal .
The public need to ask a number of questions '-
1.Who is paying the costs of this case and how much is costing the council tax payers of South Ribble ?
2.Why have since the removal of the senior officers in South Ribble , the Chief Executive , Deputy Chief Executive Head of Legal , monitoring officer and other senior management from Labour controlled Chorley taken over these roles in the South Ribble Borough and effectively taken over administrative control of the Borough. ?
Which master do these officers serve ?
3.Is this a “merger by stealth'' of Chorley and South Ribble local authorities with an plan to eventually merge both with Preston ?
4.Why is it necessary to hold all committee discussions on merging services with Chorley in secret behind closed doors - why are the principles of what is happening not in the public domain ?
5.When is the Labour Party going to tell the voters of South Ribble what is happening and then consult them about this merger by stealth ?
6. When is the Labour administration going to explain the chaotic state of its finances described by the independent Borough auditor in January 2021 as ''catastrophic failings''?
7. Will they be responding to the complaint to the Local Governmnet Ombudsman from Conservative Councillor Barrie Yates that the disciplinary procedure for councillors at South Ribble is not independent but biased and unfair, used by Labour councillors to attack their opponents.?
The Conservatives in Bamber Bridge look forward to answers.
Ged Mirfin Deputy Chairman RV Conservatives which includes Bamber Bridge commented
‘’ The public will see this cabinet meeting as an election stunt but we will make it a meaningful debate to start an an important local election campaign ‘’