In last week's Coalville Times (23/1/15) Ken Ward complains at the "lack of reaction from our District Councillors" to the closure of Snibston, a major tourist attraction and vital component in the vitality of the town. He makes the point that Councillors who sit on both NWLDC and LCC may have a conflict of interests.
The Labour Party recognises that dual-hatted councillors can have a conflict of interests. To overcome the problem, the Labour Party has rules that prevent Labour Councillors from taking executive positions in two authorities.
Dual-hatted status isn't the only conflict of interests biasing Tory decisions. There is the question of people's commitment to Snibston and Coalville. The Labour District Councillors for NWLeics, dual-hatted or not, have been single-minded in their support for the Discovery Museum.
Labour Members at both Councils have tried to get the Tories to stand up for Snibston. Labour Councillors have always recognised the importance of Snibston to the economic wellbeing of the District. Under pressure from Labour Councillors, in February 2012, NWLDC was forced to undertake a study regarding the museum and the future of the site.
We have been blocked at every turn by the dual-hatted Tory Councillors who currently run both County and District Council. The Tories have, for at least three years, been single-minded in their determination to close the Discovery Museum.
Labour Councillors have not been conflicted. We have not been silent. Dual-hatted or not, Labour continues to put the needs of the people first. If Labour win in May, we will do all we can to save Snibston from demolition.