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Parkgate ‘tied hands’ fears stoutly refuted

FORMER council leader Ken Meeson has hit back at claims that his party have tied the hands of the new council administration over the Parkgate development

FORMER council leader Ken Meeson has hit back at claims that his party have tied the hands of the new council administration over the Parkgate development

Last week, Solihull MP Lorely Burt warned that a pre-existing agreement could limit the options of the Lib-Lab group, who took control of the council in May.

The document, signed by Solihull Council and Shirley Advance, was agreed by cabinet members in November last year.

“We have to be cautious in ensuring that the new Lib-Dem/Labour coalition council does not act in a way which is likely to involve millions of pounds of court costs and damages if it is found that this signed agreement cannot be rescinded,” said Mrs Burt.

“We will have to see how much the hands of the new council have been tied by the previous administration.”

But Councillor Meeson, leader of the Conservative group, said that the other parties had the chance to object when they were in opposition.

“The agreement was an amended-version of one signed before I became leader and was agreed at a cabinet meeting,” he said.

“The Lib Dems and Labour didn’t raise any objections at the time and they could have done.

“They seemed quite content with what was agreed.”

Coun Meeson added that such agreements were routine and had been signed for other developments, such as Touchwood.

 

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