Owl is having difficulty understanding how Tories can be the “official opposition” if one of their members chairs a current influential committee (Mike Howe, Development Management).
If East devon Alliance, Lib Dems and Greens got together they would have one more member than Tories … not that this will happen, but just saying …
Surely you can’t oppose what you have just inserted yourselves into?
Read it if you must (it reminds Owl somewhat of a Leader’s speech from Paul Diviani in the past promising a “lean, green and seen administration)
but Councillor Susie Bond, deputy leader, put it most succinctly:
” … Our first priority is to provide continuity, ensuring the council functions better than ever. …”
So, continuity … not sure that’s what people voted for when the voted for members of the Independent Group.
Watch that space!
Comment by Paul Arnott:
Just two points of information re the above (this was a comment on the post regarding the chairing of the Development Management Committee:
a) Mike Howe is already a much-admired chair of Development Management, and as someone who believes in the best person for the job whatever political background I have no personal problem with his continuing
b) Independent East Devon Alliance councillors were ready, willing and eager to become as many Cabinet members or committee heads as we were asked to be, but the Leader of the Independent Group, now of the Council, Ben Ingham, refused to consider us.
From Facebook page of Paul Haywood, EDDC East Devon Alliance councillor for Yarty: