Councillor, Grand Officer (Gr. Uff. Italia) Marco Cereste, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Growth, Strategic Planning, Economic Development, Business Engagement and Environment Capital, and due to add a health portfolio to his list on All Fools Day ( April 1st) set the tone of the Cabinet early on, and threatened to clear the public from the meeting, and put a block on any questions from residents.
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Suitably cowed, the gathering then heard Cllr. Sheila Scott (costume and general appearance straight out of the 'Shameless' wardrobe and only bothered to pitch up for around 50% of her council meetings) make yet another deeply unimpressive poorly briefed report, and literally bumbled her way through. Perhaps if the Councillor and Conservative Party Agent was to actually read and understand the papers offered to her, she would be on much safer ground and make herself fully understood. What promises to be a first, she has actually agreed to return from her Rutland bolt hole, and meet with some of those who have protested over the closures.
The well worn chestnut and placebo, that local voluntary groups would take over some or all of the play centres was offered, leaving out the fact that several legal and accounting hurdles, first have to be overcome and that only qualified personnel can be left in charge of infants. More information is promised on the BBC Cambridgeshire Bigger Breakfast Show tomorrow morning.
Scrolling down we have already featured the documents set up for the Cabinet meeting, but what not is included is our exclusive story below which reveals that Enterprise Peterborough is now in the hands of the Spanish Goup Ferrovia who will be reducing staff and resources throughout the merged group.
On a lighter note, the phasing out of hot meals on wheels is expected to take a couple of years as contracts are in place, and have to run their course, this tied with fewer warm day centres outreach and visiting carers, will cause further severe hardship for our rapidly ageing population, and for some the challenges they will undoubtedly face may just be too much. The Leader may wish to take a look at this short sighted policy again and get the cabinet to robotically vote along ....
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