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Bonkers Blog February 2013

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22 February (Part 4) - Stepping back from the brink

It's offI didn’t even have to call him, Mick was on the phone immediately, but Foxy wasn’t there. He spoke to a lady in his office and followed up with an email. Shortened version…

It is my understanding that the agenda for any public meeting must be published five clear working days before that meeting takes place. This means a full week plus a working day.

The agenda for the above meeting only went online this afternoon, when it should have been published on Friday 15th February, 2013. This means that the Public Cabinet meeting scheduled for Monday 25th February, 2013, cannot legally take place. If it does, it will render the person responsible liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding £200.

He received neither an acknowledgement nor a call back as requested but by early evening the council’s web announcement for 25th February had reverted to that on display earlier in the week and as reproduced earlier. The Agenda is no longer available as a link from that page and the Calendar of Meetings has been amended to that shown above. I expect the revised Agenda will be on line before next Monday or strictly speaking there won’t be a clear five days before the next meeting.

Presumably Mick Barnbrook can look forward to the leader of the council’s grateful thanks for guiding her away from conducting an illegal meeting. Now what am I going to do for a blog next Tuesday?


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