Simon Galton

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Leicester City Council Labour: support the co-op ecotown

by simongalton on 30 October, 2008

I have just found out that the Leicester City Council Labour group has created a resolution to support the Ecotown for Pennbury.  

I just can’t quite bring myself to believe that they could undermine the collective actions of local councils like this. A process was agreed to develop a strategic assessment that is due to report on the 12th December, the city council supported this and even contributed £20,000 of tax payers money. I just don’t understand how the city cabinet could undermine an independent process like this – especially when Pennbury has little to do with the City authority.  In a way I feel the Labour administration have let down those communities that will directly affected by Pennbury, but I think they have failed to appreciate just how much the communities in the city will be changed by this. Labour has put partisan political ideals ahead of the best interests of people. They have been bought off by the Coop’s flashy presentations and thinly developed ideas of a ‘tram’ and regeneration support. And I think they have raised questions about their independence firstly from the Labour government but also from the Co-operative party.

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