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Green Party councillors vent their frustrations after Mid Suffolk full council meeting is cancelled



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Opposition councillors have vented their frustration after a full council meeting was cancelled at short notice late last week.

In a statement, the Mid Suffolk Green Party and Liberal Democrats have said they strongly disagree with the decision by Mid Suffolk District Council to cancel the meeting, which was due to take place today.

A council spokesperson said that the meeting was called off following discussions 'with the Chairman and political party leaders because there were no substantive items on the agenda'.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils are based at Endeavour House in Ipswich
Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils are based at Endeavour House in Ipswich

However, Cllr Andy Mellen, leader of the Mid Suffolk Green Party, lobbied for the meeting to remain in place.

"We were told it was likely to be cancelled and I expressed my views that it shouldn't be cancelled," he said.

"It is the second meeting this year to be cancelled and it is the one opportunity to hold the administration to account and for the public to ask questions.

"There was more to be discussed and we felt that the meeting should have gone ahead."

A spokesperson said that if the meeting had gone ahead, the Green and Liberal Democrat Group would have put forward two issues for debate, including the efficiency and structure of council decision-making and how the council could improve house-building standards in terms of environmental performance.

A spokesperson for Mid Suffolk Council said: "The meeting was cancelled following discussion with the Chairman and political party leaders because there were no substantive items on the agenda.

"The one item that had originally been scheduled was withdrawn as it required further consultation before it could be heard.

"Two motions that had been submitted will be heard as top items at the next meeting in January. Two questions submitted by councillors will be answered in the meantime, but councillors can, of course, re-submit their questions and ask them again at January’s meeting if they wish them to be put in public."