Liberal Democrats on Torbay Council have backed a cross party call-in regarding a feasibility study that would cost the cash strapped Council £10,000. Liberal Democrat Councillor for Ellacombe Cindy Stocks said “We are not against the development of a helipad but feel that if it is such a good idea the private sector should fund it rather than the Mayor 'magic'-ing up the money when the Council had not agreed to this. “
She Went on to say “Essential Services such as street cleaning and pot hole repairs are all facing cuts and yet the Conservative elected Mayor plans to splash out £10,000 on what would appear to many to be a vanity project.”
Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition Group on Torbay Council Steve Darling, who also has signed the call-in, said “This means that no action can be taken on the implementation of this decision. The Overview and Scrutiny Board will meet on Wednesday 6 January at 10.00 a.m. to consider the call-in.“
The wording for the call-in is as follows.
Helicopter Landing Facility in Torbay – Funding for Feasibility Study
Reasons for call-in:
The undersigned consider that the decision made by the Mayor on 14 December 2015 to request the Chief Finance Officer to allocate £10,000 from the 2015/2016 Corporate Management budget to enable officers to carry out a feasibility study to explore the potential and the delivery of a helipad in Torbay is contrary to the Policy Framework and contrary to (or not wholly in accordance with) the Council’s Budget.
We therefore request the Overview and Scrutiny Board to seek advice from the Monitoring Officer, the Chief Finance Officer, other officers, the Mayor and members as appropriate and to determine whether the matter should be referred to Council for consideration.”
Cindy Stocks 07787766544
Steve Darling 07443425503