Questions to the Leader and the Chief Exec 14 December, 2011Posted by Jeremy Rowe in News.
Tags: Conservatives, Consultants, Cornwall Council, Finances, Local Services, Localism, Openness and Transparency
The archived webcast of yesterday’s meeting of the Corporate Resource Overview and Scrutiny Committee is now available on the Cornwall Council website. Don’t be put off by the name of the committee – it was actually quite an interesting meeting. Kevin Lavery, Chief Executive of the Council, and the Leader Alec Robertson came along to answer questions from Members about the performance of the authority over the last two years.
Predictably there was no small amount of propaganda but there was still a chance to ask a few awkward questions (certainly there were some around the areas of localism, communications, finance and outsourcing to name a few). However the main theme that seemed to run through the question and answer session was that the Tory-led Council seems to be suffering from a siege mentality with regard to the media. Time and again we heard the mantra that the local press, radio and television broadcasters simply won’t tell the “good news” and that they concentrate on stories like the Council’s £139,000 a day consultancy habit (can’t imagine why).
There was also very little doubt about which of the two men is in charge.