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Colchester Council accused of breaching its own rules
COLCHESTER Council has been accused of breaching its own rules by delaying the date of a discussion over increasing the cost of allotments.
Colchester Council’s scrutiny committee was due to debate the coalition proposal to increase the annual cost of an allotment in Colchester from £87.50 to £95 a year on Thursday.
However, the meeting has now been postponed until November 12 as Annie Feltham, the council’s portfolio holder for communities and leisure services, cannot attend.
Will Quince, leader of the Conservative opposition, accused the council of breaching its own rules.
He said: “If a decision by a portfolio holder is called in by other councillors, it should be heard within ten days.
“That is the council’s constitution but clearly this is not going to happen."
Andrew Weavers, the council’s monitoring officer, said the constitution did stipulate the scrutiny panel should meet within ten days of a call-in but said that was subject to councillor availability.
He said: “Ideally, it is within that time and the meeting date was set for October 17.
“Unfortunately, due to member availability, that has not proven possible so the meeting has been rearranged for November 12.”
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