Transparency bid blocked
TOWN of Cambridge Mayor Keri Shannon’s continued campaign for greater transparency has been blocked again by her fellow councillors.
Ms Shannon’s motion that Town Planning Steering Review Committee meetings would be advertised on the Town’s website and news bulletin at least one week in advance and be open to the public was lost with six councillors against it.
The rejection comes after Ms Shannon’s failed attempt in April to ban gifts to the chief executive and planning staff from developers, architects and planners and to implement a public contact register between planning staff and developers, architects and planners.
Then in May she tried for the Town to establish an online register of financial, proximity ad impartiality interests by council members and staff, but it was unsuccessful.
Ms Shannon said it was “important” discussions were in an “open and transparent matter.”
“While the Town Planning Steering Review (TPSR) committee is not a delegated committee, given the considerable time taken to develop new initiatives and the importance and complexity of town planning, it is important discussions concerning matters that come before the TPSR Committee be discussed in an open and transparent manner,” she said.
The TPSR committee was established by Council in 2008.
In August this year, Council endorsed a Notice of Motion requiring the committee meeting notes to be presented to the subsequent Council meeting for noting.
Town of Cambridge Mayor Keri Shannon.