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‘Cracks’ claim over coalition

THE Lib-Lab group has botched the job of running Solihull Council, claims the leader of the Conservatives.

THE Lib-Lab group has botched the job of running Solihull Council, claims the leader of the Conservatives.

This week, Coun Meeson said that “the cracks were beginning to show” in the two-party arrangement.

“Last year we offered a partnership with the Lib Dems, in the spirit of the national coalition,” he said.

“Instead they decided to put themselves in the hands of the Labour group, which then had only seven members.

“They’re entirely reliant on them to pass votes, so essentially the smallest group on the council has control,” he added.

A Conservative-administration had run Solihull for 10 years, but this came to an abrupt end when they lost overall control last May.

Coun Meeson admitted it had been a frustrating 12 months, but said his group had provided a “vigorous opposition”.

“One of our main priorities if we get back into power will be the protection of green spaces,” he said.

“We can’t say there won’t be any development, that would be unreasonable, but we don’t think it’s been handled well.

“We would want to take another look at the local development framework, have a proper consultation and speak to the communities concerned.”

The Tory group said it would work towards another council tax freeze and restructure the council chamber.

“There’s too many issues being passed between different committees, when actually we need to get down and deal with these decisions.”

Conservatives must win two seats to regain an overall majority and Coun Meeson said he was “hopeful” about his party’s prospects.

“I think the public were shocked and surprised by the Lib-Lab partnership, it’s not a stable administration.

“The outcome of the Olton by-election [when the Lib Dems won by nine votes] shows it is unpopular.

“We want to get Solihull back on an even keel and start work on restoring its reputation and efficiency.”

 

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