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