An informal meeting of a NYCC scrutiny committee called to discuss a way forward for the Liberal Democrat motion to request Hospital Trusts in the area to continue to provide free on-site parking for NHS staff had to be abandoned when Tory members failed to turn up.
Richard Cooper (leader of Harrogate Borough Council and also a county councillor) has tabled an amendment removing all reference to free parking which, if passed, would effectively negate the original intention of the motion. Unfortunately, despite having notice of the meeting he was “unavailable”.
Cllr Geoff Webber, leader of the Lib Dem group on NYCC, said:
“I am extremely disappointed that the Conservatives not only seem to be tabling amendments designed to wreck our support for NHS workers, but now also seem determined to bury it with bureaucracy, ensuring that nothing will be decided until the New Year.
"This is not democracy – it is an elective dictatorship. County Tories are clearly following the example of their parliamentary masters.”