The Lancaster City Council Green leader dismissed accusation that she had taken “cheap punches” against the area MP over the Eden Project North talks, but apologized for the way she had made a written statement.
City council chief Caroline Jackson also insisted the council is still seen as a trusted partner on big projects, despite the heated debate this summer over a different issue – the controversial new deal with the council. Lancashire County and the government for up to 9,000 new homes in South Lancaster. and the associated housing infrastructure financing (HIF).
Councilor Jackson and other councilors had opposed the HIF deal and argued for alternative local plans. But other advisers voted for the HIF government’s deal and won a vote. Work is now underway on HIF for South Lancaster.
Councilor Jackson said other major projects, such as the completion of the new Moon River flood defense wall and sea walls in Lancaster, showed the council to be a trusted partner.
Lancaster City Council has a number of independent Green and Eco-Socialist Councilors in leadership positions. Overall, there are ten Green Party councilors and five eco-socialists on the council. Other parties are also large in membership, including other independent groups, but the city council is politically more diverse than the conventional bipartite agreements that were once typical of councils of the past.
Speaking at the last city council plenary meeting, Councilor Jackson dismissed Conservative Councilor Andrew Gardiner’s suggestion to take “cheap shots” on the Eden North project, in a statement by the Chief and a questioning session.
Councilor Gardiner objected to a written report by Councilor Jackson on Eden North, published in the Chief Commentary Notes for the full council meeting agenda.
The written report stated: “The Eden project team worked hard to ensure that the building permit submission was delivered on schedule. This resulted in very positive media coverage. As a body of board leaders, we are doing joint publicity to show both our support and our enthusiasm. The project is now even more “ready to go”. MP David Morris unfortunately did not want to meet with us, but we hope to draw his attention to the Eden program which is being followed in our schools and which has great potential to improve student engagement and success.
In this regard, Councilor Gardiner said: “Why are you making fun of the MP when the MP is running this? I think it’s a really cheap stunt to say he wasn’t willing to attend. He is a Member of Parliament and has just returned to Parliament.
He added, “Without the MP, we wouldn’t get this project. Why is he “reluctant” when he delivers it? You said so in your statement, which is in the public domain. This statement is incorrect.
Councilor Jackson replied, “I don’t take cheap shots. I’m sorry if it turned out that way. It wasn’t my intention and I wouldn’t insult someone for no good reason.
“I met the MP informally afterwards. He met me on a social occasion. It wasn’t a meeting about Eden. I’m not trying to imply that he wouldn’t meet me. I wrote this the wrong way around, which is bad. I am sorry.
“If there is a way to change that (statement), we can do it. I have no intention of being disagreeable to our member. The conversation I had with him was very pleasant.
As for the controversial plans for up to 9,000 new homes in south Lancaster linked to the government’s deal with the Housing Infrastructure Fund, Councilor Jackson’s statement to the plenary council reads as follows: “The council agreed to continue the collaboration agreement with Lancashire County Council in August. advice. It is now in the very last stages of revision before being signed and sent back to the departmental council.
“While we accept that this decision has been challenged, moving forward we must implement it in the most effective and consultative manner possible.”
Union adviser Oliver Robinson said: “I am sure the leader will agree that it is important to be seen as a trusted partner for major projects like Eden. It is important that Lancaster City Council is seen as a trusted partner. What plans should the Leader consider as a trusted partner to face the big projects that our district needs? “
Coun Jackson said: “This is a pretty big demand without notice. We’re dealing with the wall, so I think we’re seen as a trusted partner for that. I think we are involved in a number of projects where we are seen as trusted partners, rather than the primary partner. With the wall, we were a leader with those who did the actual job. But I think the answer to your question would be better as a written answer.
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