But to my mind that wasn’t the big news of the night.
The big news for me was that for the first time in quite a few years, there were signs that councillors were prepared to negotiate with each other across party lines.
Cindy Cagney showed a lot of class when she was prepared to twice amend her Notice of Motion to form a heritage committee after some backwards and forward with the mayor and Liberal councillors. If things continue this way, it bodes well for the future. There were a few people who spoke up to support the heritage committee. You can find their statements below where they have been provided.
Meanwhile, the concerns about the controversial new day surgery at 7 Park St, Camden, will have a few more weeks to run after a decision was deferred, so new councillors could inspect the site. My feeling is that it will end up being accepted with the main sticking points being around traffic and how it may affect residents rather than heritage. You can see some of the public addresses by residents for and against the surgery in the main story below.
Some hackles were raised when Cr Eva Campbell suggested the extension of a green recycling service to Ellis Lane, Grasmere and Kirkham was a council cash grap. Cr Peter Sidgreaves was quite adamant this wasn’t the case. Either way, it was passed unanimously.
Finally the forced acquisition of land on the corner of Macarthur Drive and Camden Valley Way is going ahead, so the intersection can be widened and have traffic lights added. If you are interested in the full details of the meeting, you can find them all below.