Echo’s influential reporter Geoff Percival has a pretty damning article in tonight’s Echo. He warns that the increased payments to cabinet councillors may lead to the District Council being merged with Southend, simply to save costs.
We don’t like to say “We told you so” but this is exactly what Chris Black said at Full Council when the item was debated.
Geoff is understating things when he says that several Tory councillors abstained. 17 Conservative councillors voted for this. 16 of them didn’t – they either abstained at the meeting or didn’t turn up at all.