It was a long and frustrating evening in the Council Chamber tonight. The Tories won all the key votes – but by a narrower margin than they would have liked:
Chris Black proposed keeping firm minimum standards for the sizes of new flats and houses – vote was lost 17-12.
Toby Mountain proposed cancelling the increases in car parking charges – vote was lost 19 -11. So car parking charges are still going up, though Saturday afternoons stay free.
Tory Leader Terry Cutmore proposed abolishing the right of any 3 councillors to refer a cabinet member decision to Full Council – this was passed 20 -11. A sad day for local democracy.