Another Town Council meeting cancelled due to Labour no-shows

29/01/2015

For the third time in less than six months, a Barry Town Council meeting has been cancelled due to not enough councillors attending.


A Special Planning Committee meeting, called to discuss the impact of the Local Transport Plan upon Barry had to be postponed at 7:15pm on Thursday, 15th January, when it became clear that only two of the committee’s eight councillors were going to be present.

 

Both of the committee’s Plaid Cymru councillors, Shirley Hodges and Ian Johnson, were present, alongside staff members and a planning consultant, but none of the five Labour councillors or an Independent councillor were able to attend.

 

Three councillors are required for a meeting to be quorate and for decisions to be legitimate.

 

This is the third time in less than six months that a council meeting has been cancelled or abandoned – always because not enough Labour councillors turned up.

 

Plaid Cymru leader on Barry Town Council, Cllr Shirley Hodges, who is leader of the opposition, expressed her disappointment at yet another cancelled meeting:

 

“Barry Town councillors are all volunteers. We have other calls upon our time – work commitments, family, social and, often, other meetings as well.

 

“But this is fast going from a joke to a serious attack upon democracy in our town.

 

“This is the third time in six months that a Barry Town Council meeting has had to be abandoned because not enough Labour councillors have turned up.

 

“In this case, the council cannot submit any recommendations on the Vale’s local transport plan and how it affects Barry over the next fifteen years.

 

“That’s a long time for Barry’s voice not to be heard.

 

“There are councillors who have been elected by the public and are not taking their roles seriously. I hope that electors in Barry take a look at these attendance records when they next cast their vote.”