Do councillors really understand what they are doing?

27 Feb

My eye was drawn to a comment by Mike Howe (presumably EDDC Councillor Mike Howe) and a reply to it on the blog of Independent EDDC Councillor Claire Wright where she writes about the disgrace that was the Development Management Committee meeting earlier this month, where ruling party members said almost nothing in the debate on the mess that is our 5 year land supply (or rather not our 5 year land supply) and where councillors not on the committee and members of the public (numbering around 150 – or 3 if you are counting EDDC-style!) were banned from speaking.

The comment is:

3. At 10:11 pm on 26th Feb Mike Howe wrote:

I do need to point out that no decision was made on that day only to note the more liberal planning polices that the planning inspectorate and so we as councillors need to be aware of when making our decisions. Otherwise the council and then the council tax payers of East Devon will be footing the Bill.

followed by another comment:

4. At 10:53 am on 27th Feb Sandra Semple wrote:

Sorry, Mike, when you “endorse” something as you did, you have made a decision.  Had you gone with “note” as Claire suggested you would not have made a decision.  And now it’t too late to change your minds, the damage is well and truly done.

Just to be sure, I looked up the definition of the word “endorse”:

1. To write one’s signature on the back of (a check, for example) as evidence of the legal transfer of its ownership, especially in return for the cash or credit indicated on its face.
2. To place (one’s signature), as on a contract, to indicate approval of its contents or terms.
3. To acknowledge (receipt of payment) by signing a bill, draft, or other instrument.
4. To give approval of or support to, especially by public statement; sanction: endorse a political candidate.
Seems clear enough to me:  the committee made a decision.

 

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