News is trickling through that tomorrow's full council budget meeting has been cancelled. This was the meeting where councillors were being asked to vote on the cuts package promoted by the Conservative led administration.
It's a shame that the decision has been taken so late in the day when many local residents have taken time off work to come and lobby councillors over the threats to local services. But if conditions are sufficiently unsafe to make driving hazardous then it is the right decision to make.
And so we await a new date. We know that the Council Leader wants to meeting to happen as soon as possible claiming that the Council will lose millions of pounds if the budget is not put through immediately. However there are the competing pressures of the constitution and the local government settlement.
Our constitution states that if a meeting is cancelled then the procedure for calling a new one takes a week or so. The local govt settlement details are due out in about 10 days time - at which point we will know precisely what budget pressures Cornwall faces. There has been some debate already about why the council is meeting just 10 days before the picture becomes a lot clearer. If the reconvened meeting happens just two or three days before the announcement then it would make no sense whatsoever.