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Conservatives Call For Proper Scrutiny

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Cllr Mary Mears
Cllr Mary Mears - Conservative Spokesperson for Housing

Following a special meeting of the Housing & New Homes Committee on Wednesday, 26th September, 2018 a major decision, which will affect all Council Tax payers in our city and directly impact all tenants / leaseholders of Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) properties, was made by just 10 of the 54 elected representatives of BHCC. The Conservative Group of BHCC do not think that this is representative, and do not believe it is truly democratic.

During a meeting of The Policy, Resources, and Growth Committee (PR&G), in City Chambers on 11th October 2018, the Conservative Group of BHCC wanted to ensure all 54 democratically elected Councillors could vote, freely and fairly, on what is a decision that could bind this city for 7 years. This dec

Cllr Wealls. Conservative Finance Spokesman
Cllr Wealls. Conservative Finance Spokesman


Cllr Andrew Wealls (Conservative Group Finance Spokesman) said in the Committee “We want to ensure the very best value for tenants, leaseholders, and Council Tax payers overall. This proposal does not do that.”

Costs Will Escalate

Cllr Tony Janio. Leader of the official opposition
Cllr Tony Janio. Leader of the official opposition

Cllr Tony Janio, Leader of the Conservative Group, implored Committee members to consider and defend the interests of Council tenants and leaseholders, saying “Risk is being put on tenants & leaseholders. This should not happen. With a private contract the risk is borne by private companies, not our residents. When costs escalate, as they inevitably will, the burden on tenants and leaseholders will become too great. Cllr Janio went on to ask Cllr Yates (Labour) “Will you come back to this Committee and apologise for this decision in the event of rising costs?”

Confusing Lack of Support

Cllr Steve Bell CBE - Deputy Leader of the official opposition
Cllr Steve Bell CBE – Deputy Leader of the official opposition

Following Cllr Sykes’ speech, announcing his lack of support for the Conservative Group seeking debate with all Councillors, Cllr Steve Bell said “I’m confused that after admitting all these figures [projected costs] are estimates from Savills, and stating they could well rise, why he [Cllr Sykes] doesn’t support our amendment to have this proposal discussed by all Members at a meeting of Full Council.”