Thursday’s Full Council meeting took place in both the Guildhall and virtually to adhere to social distancing, as not all councillors can be present in person at one time to maintain Government guidance on social distancing.
During the meeting a Labour Councillor could not be seen or heard virtually when it came to one of them having to caste their vote.
Local Lib Dems have hit out after Labour's Guildhall bosses rejected proposals for a Citizens Assembly to help the city rebuild following the Covid19 pandemic. The Citizens Assembly would have sought to bring in residents voices, in order to share ideas about how the city should recover from the effects of Covid19.
The Labour Councillors, however, chose not to listen to this call and decided it knew best for the recovery of the city and not local residents.
The Lib Dems have spoken out after the ruling Labour group on Hull City Council blocked efforts to listen to local residents over changes to the city's road network.
At Thursday's full council meeting, Lib Dem Councillors united in demanding better of the Labour Council, calling for them to take into account the views of local residents.
The Lib Dem group on Hull city council will be calling for Labour’s guildhall bosses to listen to the public on changes to the road network at a meeting of the council next week. The Lib Dems will raise concerns about how the public were ignored and call for the council to engage with residents before making more changes.
This comes following warnings from the Government’s Transport Secretary that councils would be challenged if they have misspent the government funding. According to the Government’s Transport Secretary Councils would need to fix any dangerous changes they had made with the money, but also needed to listen to residents in their area, before the Government would release any further road infrastructure funding.
Liberal Democrat MP, Ed Davey, has been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats today!
Commenting on the election of the new leader Cllr Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council Lib Dems said:
“We’re delighted to welcome Ed Davey as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Hull's Lib Dem group has backed calls for next year's tournament to be played around the country, including here in Hull at the Kcom Stadium.
Lib Dem acting leader Ed Davey has called for the rescheduled Euro 2021 matches to be played in Hull and across the country rather than just at Wembley.
Plans have been revealed by Hull's Labour Council to build up to 650 houses on green fields behind Howdale Road (with access via Danby Close and East Carr Road).
This land was allocated for housing by the Labour Council in November 2017.
Labour councillors, including current Sutton Ward councillor Dave Craker, voted IN FAVOUR of allocating this land for housing. At the same meeting, they also voted AGAINST a proposal from opposition councillors to hold more public consultation. You can find the full minutes of that meeting here.
If Labour councillors hadn't voted to allocate this land for housing in 2017 then these current housing plans would never have happened.
Liberal Democrat Leaders on both the Hull and East Riding Council's have today written to the Chief Executives of both authorities to set up the region’s own localised Test and Trace system.
In their letter, Cllr Mike Ross and Cllr David Nolan ask the respective Chief Execs to work together to adopt this new Test and Trace local action model.
The three Liberal Democrat Holderness Ward Councillors have today written to Humberside Police's Chief Constable, Lee Freeman, to ask for his intervention in the on-going worries and concerns about crime in East Park
In their letter, Councillors Linda Tock, Jackie Dad and Kalvin Neal called on the intervention to put a stop to Anti-social behaviour in East Park. Their letter to Humberside Police's Chief Constable said that residents in the area who have reported major incidents have been ignored.
They go further and say "...there have been countless cases around the area in which calls have been made by local residents to the Antisocial behaviour team that has not made it to our local policing team."
The Hull Liberal Democrat group can reveal that as of Thursday 13th August work will commence on the "wasteful" Guildhall gates.
Despite the pandemic and pressure pilling on the Council's finances, the Labour administration is set to press ahead regardless with expensive gates to protect the councillor car park at the Guildhall.
The Liberal Democrat group have long called to scrap this "unnecessary elitism" and give the money back to local communities who have been left behind for a decade.