SUSCOM – the outcome

The SUSCOM meeting was really well attended on Tuesday, January 24, by members of the public keen to observe the debate on whether the committee would allow public access to its task force meetings.

The result was that the committee voted for Option C, which means councillors will be given private briefings which though open to all Central Bedfordshire councillors, will not be open to the public. In theory debate should not occur and resolutions must not be passed in these briefings.

While this is better than sub-committees that meet in private, I still see no reason why the public should be denied access to these briefings in order that they can bear witness to every stage of the democratic process.