At its first meeting on 26th September 2012 the new Council took a decision to change it’s meeting schedule. Instead of having a Committee Meeting where matters can be raised and discussed informally, before going to a formal decision at an Ordinary Council meeting two weeks later, as was the practice in the last Council, this Council now discusses matters in Committee and then switches straight to an ordinary Council meeting the same night.
This does not allow Councillors to properly consider or research the issues before it, or consult with Council Officers for further information. It also prevents proper scrutiny by the ratepayers and removes their democratic right to consult with their elected representatives before decisions directly affecting them are made.
TRRA has made a formal submission to Council recommending a return to the previous schedule, that can be read HERE