Now I Get It
You know when you are really puzzled by a turn of events and then suddenly you get a new piece of information and you’re like: “Oh, now I get it?” Well, I had one of those moments tonight thanks to the mysterious Twitter person “The Fen Watchman” who pointed out the following statement from a meeting of March Town Council earlier in the year:
156 Fenland District Council Update
Since Councillor Owen was not in attendance, no update was obviously provided by him.
However, the Leader of FDC, Councillor John Clark, provided the following information:
a) With the increasing District budget pressures and limited resources, it is likely that the cost implications will be felt by all Town and Parish Councils. Services currently provided free-of-charge are likely to become chargeable or cease altogether.
b) After May 2015, it is possible that any future Leader may have to give consideration to the dissolution of Fenland District Council, with the four market towns coming under the auspices of various surrounding authorities.
The first part seems to be an early reference to things like the Free/Paid Parking debate. But it is the second part which caught my eye. So, the Leader of Fenland District Council, feels that consideration will need to be given to closing Fenland District Council entirely. And was happy to make this statement publicly in a Town Council meeting while being minuted?
I’m puzzled that the Leader of FDC would feel that such a turn of events would be the Leader’s decision to make. It wouldn’t. It would be the job of the leading party’s group and then of the whole Council. I’m also uncertain why a statement like this would be made without consultation with the wider group or Council. Maybe it was an error in communication? I can only hope. Either way, I think it would take a quite extraordinary Leader to be able to convince his entire group to vote for their own dissolution. Which is a good thing, since breaking up Fenland District Council would be a poor result for our Market Towns and Fenland as a whole.