Democratic Deficit at Amber Valley

At a meeting of Amber Valley Borough Council to discuss the Council’s Core Strategy on 15 October 2014 the socialist Mayor of the Borough, Cllr John Walker, completely ignored the Constitution of the Council. He allowed members to speak for only three minutes whereas the Constitution allows five minutes. Not only that, he prevented Cllr Jane Orton, Conservative councillor for South West Parishes from speaking at all on the proposal to add 400 houses in Kedleston Road, Quarndon.

After the meeting Cllr Alan Cox, Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group, said that he felt that the decisions taken by the Council may be challenged by a Judicial Review because of the lack of democracy in arriving at those decisions. Another Conservative councillor, who did not wish their name to be disclosed, said that they felt that the Mayor bullied councillors so that he could get away at 9.30. At the first meeting of the Council in June the Mayor said that all meetings would end by 9.30 pm so that he could be in bed by 10.