Saturday, 17 December 2005
The new Regional Transport Partnership (which is to replace SPT) met
for the first time on Monday 12th. It consists of 20
councillors from the 12 councils. The LibDems (2) and SNP
(1) councillors proposed that one of the two vice-chair's posts should
go to an opposition party. This is what happens in COSLA
and would have reinforced the concept of a partnership where all worked
together for the good of transport in the West of Scotland.
Officials and Labour councillors had obviously not expected the
opposition to push this to a vote and there was initial confusion as to
how the voting would be carried out! However, the idea of
Labour surrendering even a token amount of control (and allowances) was
obviously unacceptable and all three posts went to Labour
councillors. So much for the brave new world of partnership
working! Hopefully 2007 will see a reduction in Labour's
stranglehold on West of Scotland councils.