Local Labour representatives have today slammed a forthcoming ‘conference’ organised by Waveney’s Conservative politicians as a sham, falling well short of the public engagement on their Area Action Plan that they promised last year.
After Waveney’s Conservative councillors and MP all said they were unavailable to attend two packed public meetings led by local business man, Peter Colby and former MP, Bob Blizzard, at which huge opposition to WDC’s AAP was expressed by around 250 people, Council Leader, Colin Law, said he would organise his own public meeting on the subject.
However, last week it emerged that this event will be a ‘conference’ held between 8.30 and 11.30am on a Tuesday morning during the Easter holidays and that people wanting to attend have to ‘register’.
Bob Blizzard, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Waveney said:
"This falls way short of what people were promised. If you wanted to avoid engaging with the public, you would pick an early weekday morning in a holiday week and ask people to register to attend. It’s almost as though the Conservatives are frightened of people’s opposition to their disastrous plan.”
Tod Sullivan, Labour Group Leader on WDC, said:
“Subjects like a third crossing, a flood barrage and providing land for new jobs are of huge public interest. There should be an open public meeting designed to maximise attendance.”
Len Jacklin, Labour County Councillor, said:
“I attended the last meeting on the AAP held in the evening. It was packed. If the Conservatives really wanted to listen to the people of Lowestoft they would hold their meeting at the same time.”