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Greens see red over key seats

GREEN Party councillors are taking legal advice after claiming they’ve been “shut out” of key council committees.

GREEN Party councillors are taking legal advice after claiming they’ve been “shut out” of key council committees.

Last week we reported that the group were unhappy, claiming the political make-up of two committees wasn’t proportionate.

After clashing with council officers over the issue, the members walked out of last week’s Full Council meeting.

Now their leader, Councillor Karl Macnaughton, said he might mount a challenge against the balance of power.

“We wouldn’t be kicking up a fuss about this if we thought what they’d done was fair,” he told the Solihull News.

“Given our share of the vote we should have a representative on the planning and neighbourhood service committees.

“There is a sense that perhaps they’re trying to keep the “new kids on the block” out of the decision making.”

He said that his party didn’t contest the overall number of seats it has been allocated across ten committees and scrutiny boards. However the group, which has four members, maintains that two of the committees are contrary to local government law.

“This could cast doubt on the decisions made by these committees and leave them open to challenge,” added Coun Macnaughton.

Solihull Council has stood firm on the issue, with its solicitor insisting that the allocation of places was fair.

Conservative and Labour councillors have chastised the Greens for “flouncing out” of last week’s meeting in protest.

 

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