Councillors refuse to back three motions

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A motion to ‘Save the Royal Mail’ and a motion to support the Energy Bill Revolution campaign failed to win approval at a meeting of Daventry District Council.

Councillors rejected a motion that would see portfolio holders and council’s standing committees take questions from other councillors on written reports they give at full council meetings.

At the meeting on October 3, Cllr Wendy Randall and Cllr Chris Lee put forward the motion stating they were asking for more transparency.

Cllr Randall said: “Portfolio holders get an extra allowance of more than £5,000.

“Members of the public ask me what they do for the extra allowance and to be honest I have to say, apart from appearing in the paper and attending functions, I don’t really know.”

Councillors also discussed a motion to put pressure on the Government to reverse its decision to privatise the Royal Mail. Cllr Randall described the Royal Mail as ‘one of this country’s great institutions’.

A motion to support the campaign calling for the Government to recycle revenues from carbon taxes into improving the energy efficiency of UK homes also failed.

One motion to protect community pubs by ensuring that planning permission and community consultation are required before pubs are allowed to be converted to other shops will go back to the council for changes before being considered.