Laughing stock (Sue Wailoo)
What a joke – another SIC one. A secret meeting of our councillors decides to buy a (relatively) expensive residential property, not to house any of the thousand plus people on the housing waiting list. Oh no, it’s for visiting consultants. What next? Catering and cleaning staff, TV, maid and other services? The SIC Hotel in effect and not for the likes of you and me but the already overpaid chosen ones. How these consultancy people must be rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of even more contracts from our council!
It would be interesting to know just how many empty, deteriorating properties belonging to the council there are already and also how many vacant offices there will be once that North Ness edifice is complete.
And then there is the distraction from the issue by the chairman of this now not so secret meeting being offended by a rather silly ironic gesture against his dictatorial stifling of any debate on the matter. No wonder more and more of the councillors’ meetings are held in secret because what is going on is almost beyond belief. You couldn’t make it up. If not so serious in this era of threatened public service cutbacks it truly would be laughable. SIC transit democracy.
Why do our councillors rely on and defer to consultants so much? They were happy to throw millions at consultancy for an as-yet non-existent replacement high school, to give just one example of their wasteful profligacy. But then they haven’t even acted on the advice they sought at our expense about the overdue reform of the charitable trust.
If councillors have no vision of their own and don’t know what needs to be done they should get out and make way for people who do. Roll on next year’s council elections. It will be brave people indeed, however, who can put themselves forward after this lot has reduced the council to such a pathetic, laughing stock.