12 August 2011

Brian Coleman abolishes pay and display parking in Barnet

Mr Mustard has already, like his fellow bloggers, written blogs on the subject of controlled parking zones.

All of the bloggers have the interests of all of Barnet's residents in their hearts.

On important non-political matters the bloggers have a virtual conflab and agree a form of words between them that everyone is content to publish. The posting then goes on all of the blogs on the same day.

Today is one such example. There is an attempt to steamroller a radical change through the council which is too important to be left to one man and here is the collective response of Barnet's bloggers which was emailed to Barnet's councillors at 07.29 this morning:

Brian Coleman abolishes pay and display parking in Barnet – bloggers call for Cabinet call-in and consultation
It has been brought to our attention that Councillor Brian Coleman has signed off, using delegated powers, a decision abolishing pay and display parking in the London Borough of Barnet. We believe that this is much too important an issue to be left to just one councillor to use delegated powers, and we call for the cabinet to call the paper in for review by the full cabinet.
The relevant report states that call-in must be done by 15th August. [http://committeepapers.barnet.gov.uk/democracy/reports/reportdetail.asp?ReportID=10559]
The people of Barnet deserve better than to have such important decisions passed without debate. This change affects many residents, businesses and visitors to the Borough. We call on the cabinet to reject this change and follow the example of other Boroughs, where residents, businesses and other impacted organisations are properly consulted, before such changes are approved.

12 August 2011

Derek Dishman
John Dix
Vicki Morris
Theresa Musgrove
Roger Tichborne

Since this was sent before this blog post was written Mr Jack Cohen one of the 3 liberal councillors for Childs Hill ward was his usual quick self and at 07:36 had emailed back to say he had called in the decision.

Mr Mustard has now been told that Jack Cohen had seen the item before the bloggers, one would hope that all councillors get to see all dpr's first ? and had already decided to and called it in before we nudged him. Well done Mr Cohen.  

Mr Mustard is now told that councillors don't get sent the delegated powers reports as they are issued. They have to find them on the council website just like members of the public, including bloggers, do - is that how democracy works?

That means that the full cabinet will have to discuss the matter. I am sure that at least one blogger will be at that meeting in September and will report back to you. Links to all of the other bloggers sites are to the right.

Will the decision get squashed ?

Yours frugally

Mr Mustard

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