BROMSGROVE’S Labour Group has tabled a motion for Wednesday’s full council meeting, calling for a vote of no confidence in the Conservative’s political leadership.
The motion will be debated by members in the chamber on November 19.
Labour Leader, Coun Luke Mallett, who has put forward the item, said: “With the council on the brink of special measures, the town centre project failing as developers pull out and footfall in the town centre falling off, something has got to be done, now.
“We, as the elected opposition, cannot sit back and wait for the local elections next May to do something.
“Every day damage is being done to our town and communities by the utter failure of the Conservative leadership of the council.”
He claimed taxes had gone up whilst services had been cut or moved to Redditch, stating the blame for that lay with the Tories.
“Now the council is borrowing millions, including funds for a ‘new’ council building at Parkside, which in the absence of an agreed business case, turns out to be too small to fit in all the council’s officers.”
He said there were serious questions with regard to the Conservatives’ competence to run the council, which was in a mess.
“I’d call on the Conservative backbench councillors to put Bromgrove’s people before their party and back this call for change.”
But Council Leader Margaret Sherrey rubbished Coun Mallett’s claims and said: “Labour must really be desperate if this is the best they can come up with.
“Rather than presenting the public with a realistic alternative, Luke Mallett would rather waste council time – and taxpayers’ money – playing party politics, because he knows there is an election coming up.
“They simply have no plan for Bromsgrove.”