`Southend’s rainbow coalition will scrap Tory schemes including the seawall` screamed the Echo last week.
According to the article the new coalition (interesting that they used a photo of Ron Woodley that is over a year old nearly! Are there no recent ones, surely they must have some good ones of his childish outbursts in the Chamber?) will remove the Seawall plan (despite the fact that some councillors have come out in support of the plan in that Coalition – those that have, are not necessarily happy with the process though) and scrap changes to the Library services and care homes.
Fantastic, real change for Southend’s electorate and a result for the residents. Well done to the coalition!!!
BUT WAIT ….
I freely admit to not being fully aware of the machinations of local councils but I thought the library cuts and care home closures had been voted through and agreed in this year’s budget? If that is true, then they will still happen and the coalition council wont be able to change it this year will it? If they can, will it not prove a expensive business as surely the plans have already been put in place as a result of the budget vote? For example I know that a contract for a local group to voluntarily run Southchurch Library has already gone out, I may be wrong and please comment if I am.
Of course they could reverse these decisions in next years budgets but again there will be great cost involved in this. So apart from the Seawall then these decisions can’t be replaced.
And of course for some of the Independent Party members it would be highly hypocritical of them to change these things as they voted (councillors Stafford, Woodley, Van Looey particularly come to mind) for the budget that these cuts were contained in.
Do they really think Southend residents have that short a memory?