‘Extraordinary’ row over festivals meeting

Councillor David Kerr.
Councillor David Kerr.
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A ROW has broken out after the chairman of Morecambe Town Council postponed a meeting about grant funding for festivals.

The public meeting, scheduled for tomorrow night (October 18) at Morecambe Town Hall, will now take place on Thursday, October 25 at 7pm.

Councillor David Kerr, chair of the council, said the delay was because the town council mistakenly did not advertise it as an ‘extraordinary’ meeting.

At an extraordinary meeting, the council has the right to bar the public from asking questions to councillors.

Councillor Darren Clifford, deputy chair, said he was “bemused” by the decision.

“This is the second meeting that has been called off in recent times for no good reason,” said Coun Clifford.

“There is no need at all to exclude members of the public when we’re talking about their money.

“I will therefore be attending on Thursday night whether there is a meeting or not to call on Morecambe Town Council to take its democratic responsibility more seriously.”

Coun Kerr said: “Some people have got the wrong end of the stick.

“The meeting will still be open to the public.

“I’ve taken a decision as chairman which I have every right to do.”

Councillors will discuss recommendations for spending a provisional budget of £55,000 on Morecambe festivals in 2013. This is £25,000 less than they spent on festivals in 2012.