Just how transparent do you want it Councillor Laming?
With regard to Councillor Laming’s letter of April 19 about transparency, I was at the same council meeting he mentioned except I have a different recollection of events.
The issues of executive councillors, those running the council, meeting with officers to talk about property matters came up. I asked can we have the agenda for these meetings the answer was, yes. I asked if we could have any papers from the meeting the answer was, yes. How more transparent does Councillor Laming want it to be?
Part of the role of executive councillors to run the council is to meet with officers, so they understand what is going on in their area of responsibility.
Decisions cannot be made at these meetings, all decisions are defined by the rules running the council, which mean they have to be published and not ratified until they are reviewed. If Councillor Laming asked for some time with the council’s legal officer, they could clarify the legal structure the council works under to him. Councillors talking to officers happens all the time. It is part of running a council.
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