His latest lapse into losing touch with reality is his claiming the credit for "forcing" the council to have a public consultation over the problem of kerbside parking. Of course, it is nothing of the sort. There is no victory for Labour. It is a loss for local council tax payers and the local democratic process.
What really happened is that as part of the consultation process all councillors were asked to consult with their residents and send a list of local streets that they would like to see exempt from the scheme which, and let's not forget this, would be extremely popular in many areas.
It's what a councillor is meant to do - represent the community they are elected to serve. It is all covered by the council constitution.
Instead what really happened is that all the Labour councillors wailed and failed in their constitutional duty to participate in representing and advocating the residents who elected them.
The council constitution is quite clear:
2.3 Roles and functions of all Councillors
(a) Key roles All Councillors will:
(ii) act as community advocates and leaders by:
- promoting and representing the Borough and the local communities and bringing their views into the decision-making processes of the Council and partner agencies;
- being the advocate of and for their ward and local people and communities living within it, including responding to petitions;
- providing information to, and promoting local democracy, participation and engagement by, sections of the local community
So let's have none of Cllr. Page's nonsense and his Road to Damascus conversion to the joys of public consultation. What Tony Page is actually proud of is costing council tax payers £20,000 for a Borough wide consultation because he and his group reject in principle their duty to perform the functions that are the basic reason they were elected. If he and his cohort had been doing their jobs that money could be spent on something else. But no doubt he'll whine about savings needed to pay for it as well.
Perhaps the real problem is that Labour councillors refused to consult the public over so many things over the last 23 years that they've completely forgotten how to do it.
I think there is a serious case for breach of the council constitution and a reclaim of £20,000 from the Labour group to fund it.