Why did Labour gag councillors from debating Girtrell Court?

Cllr Phil Davies (Leader of the Labour Group) Extraordinary Council meeting on Girtrell Court 4th April 2016

Why did Labour gag councillors from debating Girtrell Court?

                                                 

Earlier this month on the 4th of April, there was an Extraordinary Meeting of all Wirral Council councillors to discuss Girtrell Court.

This meeting had been requested by six Conservative councillors for the reasons below in the requisition notice.

This document contains both the requisition notice (page 3) and notice of motion (page 5).

The requisition notice stated,

“WEDNESDAY 17th MARCH, 2016

Dear Mr Mayor

REQUEST TO REQUISITION AN EXTRAORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING

Please find below signatures from 6 Members of the Council requisitioning an extraordinary meeting of the Council to discuss the statement, produced in the online version of the Wirral Globe today, in which the Cabinet Member for Families and Wellbeing has announced the closure of Girtrell Court at the end of August.


Yours sincerely

Chris Blakeley
Bruce Berry
Leah Fraser
Paul Hayes
Lesley Rennie
Steve Williams”

The notice of motion calling for any decision on Girtrell Court to be taken at a public meeting has been previously published on this blog.

Both the Labour and Liberal Democrat groups tabled amendments to the notice of motion.

The public gallery above the Council Chamber was full of people associated with Girtrell Court and before the meeting they staged a protest outside Wallasey Town Hall.

I thought a transcript of the meeting would be useful (which as the meeting was just under an hour) will be too long for one blog post. Below is video of the first part of the meeting, I’ve also created a Youtube playlist of the entire meeting so you can watch it in full if you wish.

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Extraordinary Meeting (Wirral Council) 4th April 2016 (Girtrell Court) Part 1 of 2


His Worship the Mayor!

Mayor of Wirral Cllr Les Rowlands: Good evening councillors, be seated. Good evening members of the public.

Mayor of Wirral Cllr Les Rowlands Extraordinary meeting of Wirral Council 4th April 2016
Mayor of Wirral Cllr Les Rowlands Extraordinary meeting of Wirral Council 4th April 2016

Welcome to this err.. (turns on microphone) welcome to this Extraordinary general meeting. Can I just say tonight councillors and Members are speaking, could