What a wasted opportunity. Rushcliffe voters have been taken for yet another costly ride.
Two years ago, West Bridgford was promised a modern Library and Access to all Council Services in one place. The cost of this would be shared between Nottinghamshire County Council and Rushcliffe Borough and it would bring all the public enquiry desks to one place, conveniently located on Central Avenue. Residents had two years of consultation and over £500, 000 was spent on preparations. The next stage was to build the new library.
So now the Conservatives have got control in the County, they have decided that West Bridgford residents have to wait yet again.
Is this playground posturing? Councillor Cutts for the County says that what the Council Officers planned was 'inadequate' but claims that the County Council will replace the Library anyway. Not with other Services there. Not just now but at some indeterminate time in the future (jam tomorrow anyone?).
Rushcliffe residents have lost more money because of the Conservatives in both Councils could not get their act together. The Rushcliffe Leader says he plans a separate Centre with the Police imminently! Presumably they are more reliable partners than their Tory chums on the County Council.
Where was the consultation with the Public about this? Rushcliffe's Leader, Neil Clarke, is acting as if he is an elected Lord Mayor - which he isn't. He is deciding important plans behind closed doors and announcing them in the news without any consultation either with the other Councillors or with the wider public.
In the meantime, his Tory-ruled authority keeps telling us that "they are excellent" but looking at the disgusting public toilets that they provide at Central Avenue tells a very different story. If such facilities were provided for horses at a stable-yard the RSPCA would want them closed down. They bring shame on a vibrant centre and ridicule from visitors, particularly from those from all round the country who park there for Test Matches and other cricket events at Trent Bridge as well as shoppers and visitors to the farmer's market. How long do we have to wait for accessible and decent Public Toilets that show we have some pride in our Borough?