The secret combined authority: 'bad news for democracy'
The shadow authority board meetings of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority are supposed to be open to the public - they are not.
Mayoral candidate Peter Dawe writes:
The board meetings of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority are open to the public, right?
Wrong! 31st January 2017, members of the shadow authority sat from 09:00 to 11:00 in closed session, with no published agenda and no published minutes. The meeting was adjourned for an hour while the “Public” meeting was held, which was just processing the already-made-decisions formally. They then went back into their secret discussions. Who knows what they are doing in our name? We have seen this anti-democratic behaviour in the LEP. The City Deal and City BID. Now they are trying to put it into the Combined Authority.
Behaviour like this alienates the public, making them cynical at best and down-right hostile at worse.
The shadow board is currently designing these bad procedures into the Combined Authorities Constitution, Codes of Practice and other processes. They are attempting to shackle the new mayor from day one. The shadow CA members must be held to account for their actions!
Be assured, when I become Mayor I will ensure that every possible communication will be public in a timely manner!
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Peter Dawe OBE. Social entrepreneur and successful businessman. Believer in people empowerment. Seeking to become first Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough