Macclesfield Liberal Democrats are calling for Cheshire East council to be placed in special measures immediately.
After the resignation of the Council’s deputy leader David Brown from the Cabinet, with several senior officers of the council suspended, and the announcement that four police investigations into the Council are ongoing, local party leader Andrew Haldane said: “It is time for the Commissioners to be called in. We have some very good opposition Councillors – Liberal Democrats, Labour and Independent, but the Conservatives are dominant and have centralised power so much; even the most diligent of opponents can’t scrutinise what they don’t have access to.”Read more
The Conservative Council is in chaos. As another senior Tory councillor resigns, questions are asked about Conservatives competence in running the council. Tory-run Cheshire East Council’s admissions of – at the very least – extreme incompetence regarding the pollution data scandal were bad enough, but for there to now be question marks over a series of other activities, warranting a police investigation and the deputy leader of the council stepping down from his position, confirms that the Council is chronically mismanaged.
Cheshire East’s police force has been described as “inadequate” and given the lowest possible score in the recent HMIC report on Crime Recording. The Liberal Democrats have called on the Police and Crimes Commissioner to urgently address the problems identified, and ensure that the police force can meet the needs of Cheshire East residents.
Neil Lewis, the Liberal Democrats’ candidate in the 2016 Police and Crimes Commissioner election, said: “The Cheshire constabulary has many strengths, and we recognise the intense pressure under which our police operate and are hugely appreciative of their dedication and commitment to keep us safe. However, we must be aware of the weaknesses identified by the recent inspection and expect these issues to be swiftly addressed.”Read more
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