• Paper suggesting restrictions at full council meetings goes before scrutiny committee tomorrow

    13th August 2014 | News | Claire
  • The paper, which was discussed by a think tank last month, caused enough concern among the independent group, to prompt us to lodge a motion on the promotion of free speech at EDDC.

    I was the proposer of the motion and was heckled and jeered during my speech and during the debate on the motion, at the EDDC’s full council meeting on 23 July.

    Our concerns include:

    1. Referring policy discussions by committees, to full council for a general steer at an early stage.

    2. Supplementary questions being abolished, with member questions at council being routinely asked only in writing.  (Currently, members are allowed a written question and receive a written answer. They are then permitted to ask a verbal supplementary question).

    3. Greater powers for the chairman, including the ability to more easily curtail debate.

    4. Members having greater respect for the role of the chairman and vice-chairman and having more regard for the formality of the meeting.

    The meeting starts at 6.30pm at the Knowle. Here are the agenda papers and link to the full discussion paper at item 9 (page 14) –
    http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/140814_combined_os_agenda.pdf

    Here’s what happened at the full council meeting on 23 July – http://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/a_baying_mob