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Scarborough Councillors Appointed to Committees

Scarborough Councillors Appointed to Committees

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 7:52am 31st May 2019.

Scarborough Council has appointed councillors to lead committees following the local elections earlier this month.

After a three week delay requested by the new Labour leader of the council, Cllr Steve Siddons, chairmen and vice chairman were put in place, though Cllr Siddons’ promise to create more committees has not yet come to fruition.

At a meeting at Scarborough Town Hall, the Labour and Independent groups voted together to get the appointments it wanted.

Labour’s Eric Broadbent beat Conservative Phil Trumper to be named the chairman of the planning committee.

Labour also supported Independent councillor Roxanne Murphy for chairman of the licensing committee, defeating Conservative councillor Roberta Swiers in the process.

Independent Group leader Cllr Sam Cross was named as chairman of the audit committee after Conservative councillor David Chance withdrew his name from the vote.

Conservatives Cllr Guy Coulson and Cllr Simon Green were appointed unopposed to be the chairmen of the overview and scrutiny board and standards committee respectively.

Conservative councillor Andrew Backhouse used the meeting to press the leader on his promise to create new committees that would report to the three new cabinet members.

Cllr Siddons said:

“The whole point of this is to make sure we have more open and transparent governance. I know that officers are working hard [on the proposal] and I hope to bring something back in the autumn, if not the next full meeting and hopefully council will agree that this is a good way forward.”

Cllr Backhouse asked for assurances from the leader that his new structure would be “fully costed” when the plan was presented to councillors.

He added:

“What I personally would not wish to see is another layer of cost and another layer of administrative time taken up. I would hope to see when it is brought back in September we have a full costings of these new committee structures, the time needed to support the officers and a value to that as well. What you and I are both seeking to do is ensure this council delivers value, but it is not value at any price or cost.”

Cllr Siddons responded that he was reminded of the adage “what price democracy?”

He added:

“My assurance is that we will be mindful of [the] cost.”


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zara, on 31st May 2019 9:59am
starting to fudge already - hope to bring it back in the autumn??? So in other words the council will be run by 4 now! I was hoping that things would change for the better Councillor Siddons but not impressed so far

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