Who voted for and against gagging of the public at the recent Full Council meeting

20 Apr

Public Speaking Votes, at Full Council  9th April 2014

For OSC reviewi.e AGAINST gagging) – 26 votes
Susie Bond

Roger Boote C

Derek Button

Bob Buxton C

David Chapman C

Trevor Cope

Deborah Custance Baker C

Martin Gammell

Steve Gazzard

Roger Giles

Graham Godbeer C

Pat Graham

Peter Halse C

Mike Howe C

Stuart Hughes C

Douglas Hull

Ben Ingham

John Jeffery

Sheila Kerridge C

Jim Knight C

Philip Skinner C

Peter Sullivan C

Graham Troman C

Eileen Wragg

Steve Wragg

Claire Wright

Against (i,e. FOR Gagging)

David Atkins C

Ray Bloxham C

Peter Bowden C

Geoff Chamberlain

Iain Chubb C

David Cox C

Alan Dent C

Paul Diviani C

Christine Drew C

Jill Elson C

Steve Hall C

Stephanie Jones C

Andrew Moulding C

Frances Newth C

John O’Leary C

Helen Parr C

Ken Potter C

Pauline Stott C

Phil Twiss C

Mark Williamson C

Tim Wood C

Tom Wright C


5 Responses to “Who voted for and against gagging of the public at the recent Full Council meeting”

  1. Paul Hayward April 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    In the interests of consistency, it should be noted that – in the Against OSC review column – Steve Hall and Tom Wright are both Conservative Councillors and thus should be annotated as C. The only non-Conservative member voting for “gagging” was Geoff Chamberlain, who represents the LD party and who sits on the DMC… It must also be noted that EVERY member of the exclusively Conservative Cabinet voted AGAINST the motion, save Cllr Ian Thomas, who was absent. Interestingly, Cllr Godbeer ( Chair ) C voted for OSC review, something that might set him at odds in the future with his party, his colleagues and his joint Coly Ward member ( and Chair of the DMC ) Cllr Helen Parr… but, on the brighter side, it did prove that Cllr Twiss is absolutely correct when he said that he never uses the whip ( otherwise the 13 Conservative members who voted in opposition to their Leader would surely not have done so… ) Now, is perhaps the time then to abolish that archaic and wholly undemocratic position once-and-for-all, seeing as it is now surplus to requirements… the whip, that is, not the Leader! Just watched RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK on telly…. Indy’s whip seems a bit tatty…. perhaps he could take the now redundant one off Cllr Twiss’s hands…? I feel a sequel coming on…

    RAIDERS OF THE LOST SKYP-ARK 4 : The HQ of Disaster!!! Tickets available soon in a district near you…

  2. Paul Hayward April 20, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    Blimey, that’s the first 8 syllable word I’ve ever heard on a bank holiday weekend!!

    • sidmouthsid April 20, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

      Sorry, just removed it – it was spam! For the record the word was indefatigueable!

  3. Shân Merritt April 29, 2014 at 11:01 pm #

    Why all this fuss? There has only been a right for publc speaking at Development Mgt at EDDC for around 2 years – before that it was only written representations an no right to speak at all! Other planning authorities (e.g. district councils) only allow 2 or sometimes 3 speakers either for or against a proposal. Gagging doesn’t come into it!

    • sidmouthsid April 30, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

      The fuss is that at a time when the public voice needs to be heard more than ever it is being curtailed. Now why would that be? It is NOT that the public takes too much time it is that meetings include councillors reviewing material they have already seen, councillors repeating themselves and poor chairing. Why should the public suffer for that?

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