August 10, 2022
Liberal Democrat opposition leader Keller David Nolan said the report’s claims, including those made outside the democratic process, appear to be satisfied with the ruling Conservatives.

Liberal Democrat opposition leader Keller David Nolan said the report’s claims, including those made outside the democratic process, appear to be satisfied with the ruling Conservatives.

He added in the draft Local Government Association (LGA) Corporate Monday Challenge report that a change was needed in the East Riding Council, including a return to the committee system before the cabinet model was changed.

Councilors Jonathan Owen and John Holtby, Conservative leaders and councilors, have been contacted for comment along with other members of the group.

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Council sources told LDRS that the authority’s position is that it will wait until the report is fully published before responding with an action plan, as the facts of its findings are being investigated.

This is part of the East Riding Council’s internal workings as a draft of the Peer Challenge Report, which the LDRS saw included a number of claims about how it was run.

The Local Government Association (LGA) report is based on the results of a visit by six strong peer review teams late last year, which included councilors and officers.

The draft report states that while the council as a whole was relatively stable and was providing good services, bullying was observed by senior officers.

He also claimed that decisions were being taken by the officers on the basis of generous delegated powers and recommended that councilors be given more opinion towards the council.

Cllr Nolan said he had shown that the council was esoteric and obscene.

The opposition leader said: “Some parts of the report were shocking and some were not.

“The problem is that the leader decides who heads the committees and who is in the cabinet, it’s all in the leader’s gift.

“All the chairs of the scrutiny committees are conservative, so they are toothless lions, and all the cabinet members are from the ruling group.

“We have effectively 10 councilors who make all the decisions while the remaining 57 are left.

The council has been running the Conservatives for 20 years, and because there are so many wards in East Riding that will elect them even if it pleases them.

“Although much of what the report says is about the culture that has been going on for some time, Cllr Owen should take some responsibility because he has been the council’s deputy leader for so long.

“Earlier, when the council was more balanced, we found that the officers would consult members of both the ruling group and the opposition as they had to.

“But now, if they are allowed to run the show, that’s what happens, and in many ways I don’t blame them.

“The culture of the council needs to change, even though the old committee system was slow and cumbersome decisions were being made in a more meaningful way.”

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