Committees and civic events shake up at council

Brigg news EMN-150104-122652001
Brigg news EMN-150104-122652001

Civic functions and Town Council committee meetings in Brigg could be a thing of the past with the newly elected council looking to make changes.

At the monthly council meeting, Coun Rob Waltham said the present structure of committee meetings, with these committees then reporting to full council to rubber stamp their decisions, was not the most effective way of decision making.

However, fellow councillor Mike Campion did not share his opinion.

“I am disappointed that a system that appears to be working well could now be broken up,” he said.

“To disband committees would be unhealthy for this council. It seems bizarre that we are now considering setting up a committee to look at committee structure.”

Mayor James Truepenny said: “I support Coun Campion’s viewpoint but I can see that after 12 years of the committee structure we perhaps need a review.”

Councillors supported his review proposals by a majority vote.

Attendance at civic functions - how, where and how many - are also set to be reviewed, this time over a 12 month period.

Only four Town Councillors had attended the 2015 Civic Dinner, only five or six the civic service and only two or three supported the 2014 Brigg Operatic Society Civic Night.

Twice Town Mayor, Coun Mike Campion, told the meeting: “I consider these events play an important part in the civic calendar and the life of the town. But they cost and attendances have become lower and lower.”