eXplore card petition handover and debate
|Campaigners against eXplore card withdrawal from Just42|
Three petitions were presented to the council one on country parks, a second on waste tips incredibly presented to the County Council by two Conservative Mid Suffolk District councillors including the Portfolio Holder for Waste and then the eXplore card petition.
|Patrick Gillard in conversation with Cllr McGregor|
Gillard described the eXplore card as an investment in the future and pointed to problems with education, employment and independence caused by its withdrawal. Hill said that there was a feeling that the card was withdrawn as its holders cannot vote and they and the Just42 students present complained that they were not consulted about the withdrawal of the card half way through the academic year.
|Greer Hill, Otley College|
It became apparent that we were watching a Council that had just seen its leadership collapse, where the CEO is on gardening leave and where there are really serious holes in the legal department. Mark Bee did say something about this possibly being referred to Scrutiny but other councillors were dismissive suggesting quite incorrectly that young people elsewhere did not get what Cllr McGregor kept describing as a "discretionary" service. Children in London enjoy completely free bus and tram travel under 16 and then discounted rates between 16 and 18, even a third off for all students....