News — 19 June 2012

Cllr Alan Robins

Cllr Alan Robins

The Labour and Cooperative Group on Brighton and Hove City Council will attempt to overturn the decision by the Green Party to scrap essential bus services that will impact negatively on the lives of residents across the city.

At last Thursdays Policy and Resources Committee, Green Councillors, including the Council leader Jason Kitcat voted down an amendment by Labour that would have seen school and hospital bus routes saved by diverting money that the Green administration had put to one side for a “one planet council”

At a time when massive cuts are been made across the country and Local Authorities are asked to tighten their belts, Labour in the Brighton and Hove believe that the Green administration have to better spend what money is available, and instead of splashing out £250k on a new  project to detect leaks in council buildings, should be assessing, addressing and prioritising services like our children’s school bus service.

Cllr Gill Mitchell, leader of the Labour and Coop group said:
“The public just don’t understand why the Green Party want to spend £250k on a project to detect leaks in council buildings whilst at the same time scrap school bus services, putting children’s safety at risk. This is why I have had the report referred to full council where we can use the constitution to try and get this silly decision overturned”

Cllr Alan Robins, Labour and Cooperative Transport spokesperson added:
“The decision to vote down our amendment on Thursday was simply a political one driven by dogma and an unsound ideology. The safety of our children is paramount and we will do all we can to get this decision reversed”

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