Liberal Democrat councillors call for the Conservative council to listen and engage with its residents. As part of the scrutiny process to review the councils work, Liberal Democrats want the council to listen and learn from public debate on local issues before taking action.
Cllr Prue Bray leader of the Liberal Democrat group said “If the Tories had engaged with residents about the new waste scheme and the review of the library service we would not be facing the problems they have created. The Tories track record shows they think they know best but what’s needed is a new approach: a willingness to listen to residents and accept that in doing so the council might do things better.” Cllr Prue Bray added “Let’s get it right in the future, for example with parking enforcement. Residents want this issue tackled to resolve the problems caused by illegally parked cars. The council needs to ask communities how they are being affected by illegal parking and the lack of enforcement and then take action based on local views.”
The Lib Dems want to get voices from across the borough heard. They believe engaging with residents will provide a better quality end result and that this can be done without slowing down change and improvements in council services. A priority in the Conservative Vision is to encourage strong, sustainable and vibrant communities. The Lib Dems believe the council can only achieve this by engaging with residents so that communities can be confident that their voices are not only being heard but help to form their local services.