Monday, 10 January 2011

Cabinet plans for waste and parking in disarray?

Rumours reach me that Cornwall Council's ruling Conservative led administration have been forced to delay or abandon two of the key decisions set to be taken on Wednesday.

At the Cabinet meeting there was due to be a decision taken on the issue of waste. This may come as news to most people because the agenda item is listed as confidential under the title of 'service delivery'. No details of the proposals can be revealed, but Cornwall Council has recently consulted on moving to fortnightly waste collections. The full results of the consultation have not yet been prepared but it seemed that the Cabinet wanted to take the decision anyway and behind closed doors.

However it appears that some sense has been seen and the item is now said to be delayed until the Cabinet meets on 31st January.

I am also led to believe that the Cabinet paper on parking charges may also be deferred. This is an issue that has raised huge complaints in Launceston and across Cornwall. But the deferral might not be as good news as it seems. I am told that the reason for the delay is because the Cabinet actually wants more cash from parking - quite incredible!

Given that the legal officers have told me that only the consulted scheme can be implemented without a full further consultation, the Conservatives are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

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