The Labour Group proposed two motions at council on Monday. Both were partially successful.
On behalf of our colleagues in Orpington, we took up the issue of the reoccurring fires at the Waste4Fuel site. Our original motion was that:
“This Council calls upon the Environment Agency to revoke the operating license of Waste4Fuel Ltd with immediate effect.”
The motion was watered down by the Tories in a way that would permit Waste4Fuel to continue their activities:
“That this Council continues to encourage the Environment Agency to pressure the operators to clear the offending site in accordance with the provisions of the High Court Order, and to recommend prosecution should they fail to comply, as well as to consider their ultimate sanction, a revoking of their operating licence.”
The motion as amended was agreed.
Our other concern was over the reduction in the Safer Neighbourhood Police teams. We proposed a motion that said:
“This Council regrets the loss of Safer Neighbourhood Policing and calls on the Deputy Mayor for Policing to reintroduce it rather than the constituency based policing model.”
The Tories watered this down and supported their own motion that:
“This Council regrets the loss of Safer Neighbourhood policing teams and has concerns as to how the new Borough Policing model will work and calls on the Deputy Mayor for Policing Stephen Greenhalgh to keep a close eye on its implementation over the coming months.”
Not as strong as we would have liked but at least we won on the principle.