Tony and I have had a bucket full of e-mails & calls from people over the past month asking what is going on with the site. Everything from, have you given up, to have you been warned off has been said to us.
Just to put your collective minds at rest, no we haven’t given up, sold out or been warned off by anyone. People have tried to say to us that life would be easier if we did X or Y, but Tony and I make the decisions as to what goes on to Pits n Pots. As you are aware, we made a decision before the elections in May, that we were going to focus solely on the politics of the city which cut down the amount of content that appears each day.
We fully expected that the new Council would come out of the gates on May 9th after being sworn in to office with all guns blazing, fired up and ready to do business.
We were wrong.
After the full council meeting in March, the Purdah period started and no meetings were held until the Annual Council Meeting on 26 May. Annual Council is different to Full Council as no real business is transacted, the out-going Lord Mayor hands over to the new Lord Mayor. There is then the election of the Council Leader, the results of the election are reported and various other administrative tasks, you can read the agenda here basically the meeting is just setting the council up for the following 4 years. There is time for urgent or non contentious business to be transacted but really the Annual Council is mutual back-slapping for the elected members.
Tony and I expected that after this we would be back on to the schedule of monthly Full Council meetings.
We were wrong.
There was no meeting in June, this time last year, there had been an Annual Council meeting a Full Council meeting and they were 2 days away from their second Full Council meeting. The first Full Council Meeting this year takes place in July then september. It seems that the council have very quietly slipped back to the 6 weekly meeting cycle as written in the Constitution.
This with a reduction in Overview & Scrutiny committees and allegations of meetings be held behind closed doors as reported by Potteye recently it looks like the Labour Party majority in the Civic Centre are going back to the old ways of running this city. I seriously hope we are really not heading back to the days of pre meeting meetings behind closed doors to agree what is going to be voted through democratically at the public meetings.
I hope we are wrong.