The second meeting of the Executive Board (the District Council’s ‘Cabinet’) met last night.
All the 9 Conservative cabinet members were there , with 3 people watching from the public gallery – Lib Dems Councillors Chris Black and Jackie Dillnutt, and a member of the public connected with a local taxi firm. It was a fairly businesslike meeting, lasting 90 minutes. Peter Webster took the most prominent part, asking lots of questions about the Council’s revenues and benefits department. John Pullen was the only councillor not to speak during the meeting.
These were some of the items that came up:
The council are arranging for an aerial survey this year of the district, so that residents can acquire photos of their homes and neighbourhood via a link on the council website.
Taxi fares are going to increase by 20p , probably from September 3rd. So the minimum fare goes up from ?2.40 to ?2.60; a 2-mile trip goes up from ?4.60 to ?4.80. The night-time, Sundays and Bank Holiday surcharge goes up from ?1.60 to ?2.00. The council plans to review charges again in 18 months.
The council are also banning taxis and private hire vehicles from having dark tinted glass windows – with exemptions for stretch limos and “high-class executive” vehicles.
The cabinet agreed a new timetable of meetings – so that it will meet on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 rather than moving to afternoons. So all credit here to the Conservatives – they have listened to people like ourselves who were against afternoon meetings and avoided afternoon meetings. (It is still possible though that there could still be exceptional afternoon meetings in special circumstances)