Herefordshire's Independent group rejects offer of coalition with ruling Tories

Hereford Times: Herefordshire's Independent group rejects offer of coalition with ruling Tories Herefordshire's Independent group rejects offer of coalition with ruling Tories

HEREFORDSHIRE Council’s Independent group has rejected the offer of a coalition with the ruling Tories.

The Independents reached their unanimous decision over the weekend to leave the council tied at 29-29 and controlled by the casting vote of its Tory chairman.

The Tory group reached out to both main opposition groups after the Pontrilas by-election – won by It’s Our County – brought the Tory vote and that of the combined opposition level.

It’s Out County rejected a coalition within days of the offer. The Independents were in talks for over a week.

That 29-29 tie does depend on every councillor being able to attend a full council meeting for voting.

In the wake of the decision to turn down the coalition offer, the Independent group released this statement: The Independent group, as always, has focussed on protecting and promoting Herefordshire as the prime requirement for any decision we make. We have taken the time to listen carefully to the proposition, have consulted widely in our existing and prospective wards and openly debated the proposed coalition today. The unanimous outcome is that the Independent group should decline the invitation.

The reasoning supporting this decision is that our group felt that this has been proposed too late and provides far too little particularly at this stage of the current councils lifespan. It is unfortunate that the offer of a "Golden Coalition of all the talents" was not made at the beginning of this Council in 2011. The current proposal appears to be driven by a desperate and disingenuous attempt to cling on to power following the recent loss of overall control.

The Independent group will, as ever, support all that is good for Herefordshire and will advise, co-operate, warn and oppose when appropriate. We intend to continue promoting positive and constructive policies for our county and will protect the electorate and council employees wherever possible from the recent and future excesses of the current administration particularly given the dreadful state of Herefordshire Council’s finances.

Herefordshire Independents believe in a stable economic future for the county which can only be delivered through tighter control of the council’s assets, revenue and costs and a clear programme to improve the county’s infrastructure including reconsideration of the proposed Link Road, improved passenger and freight rail transport, an Eastern by-pass for Hereford City, development of new employment at The Rotherwas Enterprise Zone, and smaller sites in Ledbury, Bromyard and Ross on Wye and sympathetic development of sufficient protected affordable and social housing to accommodate the workforce that these new jobs will attract.

The Conservative group have already set the council’s budget for the next financial year. During the remaining few months of the Conservative leadership of the administration, the Independent group will continue to support only the policies and actions that we believe are helpful to the future of the county. All future spending will be carefully scrutinised and vigorously opposed if it does not provide the very best value for money and meets our criteria for the development of the county’s economy. It is hoped that the other opposition members consent to apply our joint numerical advantage to good effect.

Only the Independent group provides unbiased vision and commitment to deliver tangible progress in the areas that will secure the future of Herefordshire. Over the coming months the Independent group will release a set of simple but effective policies which will provide the positive underpinning vision to kick start the county’s growth and drive Herefordshire forward over the next 5 and 10 years. Our policies will be transparently originated, clearly presented, fully costed and will meet the aspirations of growth and improvement expected by and deserving of the people of Herefordshire.

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10:58am Mon 9 Dec 13

JollyJesterTwo says...

Well whoopee do! Your move next Cllr Johnson.
Well whoopee do! Your move next Cllr Johnson. JollyJesterTwo

11:26am Mon 9 Dec 13

bobby47 says...

We're knackered! Bloody doomed. I don't blame the Independents and Its Our County for staying well away. Who'd want to shove their head in a bucket of excrement and lose voters in some pointless attempt to halt our slide toward ruin.
It's inevitable now and I blame bloody Jarvis. The whole thing. The entire sack of rubbish bequeathed to us by a man more interested in cozying up to grazing bovines than dealing with our dysfunctional economy and our woefully poor infrastructure.
Well he might have distanced himself from the tragedy that's about to unfold, he might be good at knocking up a full English breakfast and he might be the Chair of the Paper Lace Fan Club and that bloody seventies rock anthem, 'Billy Dont Be A Hero' , but he doesn't escape my wrath and anyone who says otherwise is a fool who's never spent a night in his Guest House staying awake all night trying to stop him stealing your Towells.
There, and that's just a slice of what's going on in my mind.
We're knackered! Bloody doomed. I don't blame the Independents and Its Our County for staying well away. Who'd want to shove their head in a bucket of excrement and lose voters in some pointless attempt to halt our slide toward ruin. It's inevitable now and I blame bloody Jarvis. The whole thing. The entire sack of rubbish bequeathed to us by a man more interested in cozying up to grazing bovines than dealing with our dysfunctional economy and our woefully poor infrastructure. Well he might have distanced himself from the tragedy that's about to unfold, he might be good at knocking up a full English breakfast and he might be the Chair of the Paper Lace Fan Club and that bloody seventies rock anthem, 'Billy Dont Be A Hero' , but he doesn't escape my wrath and anyone who says otherwise is a fool who's never spent a night in his Guest House staying awake all night trying to stop him stealing your Towells. There, and that's just a slice of what's going on in my mind. bobby47

12:39pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Hereford Voice says...

Scooped yesterday on Hereford Voice :)
Scooped yesterday on Hereford Voice :) Hereford Voice

1:13pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Mr.Herefordian says...

Well done to this only Independent group on the Council, we had to wait a week but now get on with it. Is it possible for the Liberals and the IOC political parties to talk together with the Independent group.
Well done to this only Independent group on the Council, we had to wait a week but now get on with it. Is it possible for the Liberals and the IOC political parties to talk together with the Independent group. Mr.Herefordian

3:45pm Mon 9 Dec 13

TIM BUCK-TOO says...

Well at least the Indies' rather long, pastroning and self-important statement tells us one interesting thing: they want a re-think on the wretched Link Road. So does IOC. So am I being ingenuous if I suggest that at the first Council meeting at which one of the Tories sends in a sickie, Indies & IOC table a 'Let's forget about building this stupid road' motion. If passed, the other truly wonderful outcome would be that Mr J Bretherton would have to buy himself a single train ticket back to Cleveland. Toot, toot!
Well at least the Indies' rather long, pastroning and self-important statement tells us one interesting thing: they want a re-think on the wretched Link Road. So does IOC. So am I being ingenuous if I suggest that at the first Council meeting at which one of the Tories sends in a sickie, Indies & IOC table a 'Let's forget about building this stupid road' motion. If passed, the other truly wonderful outcome would be that Mr J Bretherton would have to buy himself a single train ticket back to Cleveland. Toot, toot! TIM BUCK-TOO

5:38pm Mon 9 Dec 13

gedina says...

Pathetic, absolutely pathetic.
Pathetic, absolutely pathetic. gedina

6:49am Tue 10 Dec 13

B the B says...

Well the Tories have failed and the IOC and the Indies want nothing to do with them, but haven't a clue themselves either.
They all say they want to do the best for the county but don't know how or what to do. They are ALL a joke.
The Council is Doomed, The Wye Valley Trust is Doomed why don't they just get us taken over by a neighbouring county and be damned.
Well the Tories have failed and the IOC and the Indies want nothing to do with them, but haven't a clue themselves either. They all say they want to do the best for the county but don't know how or what to do. They are ALL a joke. The Council is Doomed, The Wye Valley Trust is Doomed why don't they just get us taken over by a neighbouring county and be damned. B the B

9:59pm Tue 10 Dec 13

JollyJesterTwo says...

Mr.Herefordian wrote:
Well done to this only Independent group on the Council, we had to wait a week but now get on with it. Is it possible for the Liberals and the IOC political parties to talk together with the Independent group.
If you don't like the comments here, clear off!
[quote][p][bold]Mr.Herefordian[/bold] wrote: Well done to this only Independent group on the Council, we had to wait a week but now get on with it. Is it possible for the Liberals and the IOC political parties to talk together with the Independent group.[/p][/quote]If you don't like the comments here, clear off! JollyJesterTwo

10:00pm Tue 10 Dec 13

JollyJesterTwo says...

JollyJesterTwo wrote:
Mr.Herefordian wrote:
Well done to this only Independent group on the Council, we had to wait a week but now get on with it. Is it possible for the Liberals and the IOC political parties to talk together with the Independent group.
If you don't like the comments here, clear off!
Apologies! This comment ended up with the wrong quote! Oops!
[quote][p][bold]JollyJesterTwo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr.Herefordian[/bold] wrote: Well done to this only Independent group on the Council, we had to wait a week but now get on with it. Is it possible for the Liberals and the IOC political parties to talk together with the Independent group.[/p][/quote]If you don't like the comments here, clear off![/p][/quote]Apologies! This comment ended up with the wrong quote! Oops! JollyJesterTwo

10:01pm Tue 10 Dec 13

JollyJesterTwo says...

gedina wrote:
Pathetic, absolutely pathetic.
If you don't like the comments here, clear off!
[quote][p][bold]gedina[/bold] wrote: Pathetic, absolutely pathetic.[/p][/quote]If you don't like the comments here, clear off! JollyJesterTwo

3:34pm Thu 12 Dec 13

probono says...

I imagine that neither IOC or the Indies wanted to take hold of the poisoned chalice becasue whichever part,y in whichever Council, wherever in the country is the one that has to make Mr Pickles' cuts to services they will be punished by the voters who cannot, like some posters on here I have to say, see the wider picture.
If only there was openness and transparency at Herefordshire Council, Hoople et al, especially by top officers and the public were told of what is happening, and why hard decisions need to be made, and how those top piad staff are sharing the burden, it would go a long way to making this a County that works together for its future properity.
I imagine that neither IOC or the Indies wanted to take hold of the poisoned chalice becasue whichever part,y in whichever Council, wherever in the country is the one that has to make Mr Pickles' cuts to services they will be punished by the voters who cannot, like some posters on here I have to say, see the wider picture. If only there was openness and transparency at Herefordshire Council, Hoople et al, especially by top officers and the public were told of what is happening, and why hard decisions need to be made, and how those top piad staff are sharing the burden, it would go a long way to making this a County that works together for its future properity. probono

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