A LEADING councillor claims her group has been sidelined after the council’s new committee roles were handed out.
Coun Liz Oades, leader of Fylde Council’s opposition, has hit out after Independent councillors failed to win any chairman positions on the council’s committees.
But council leader David Eaves has criticised the Independents for failing to accept the positions they were offered.
Coun Oades, who had also hoped her group may be offered key cabinet positions, said: “We won 49 per cent of the seats – I really think they should take notice of the electorate.
“We were offered two vice-chair positions, nothing else, and we’ve not accepted them because we think it’s derisory.”
The roles the Independents were offered were on the audit committee and the development control committee, where they had hoped to be given the chairman role.
And Coun Eaves said he had been left dejected by the group’s decision to reject the positions.
He said: “I’m somewhat disappointed because I saw that as a positive way forward to include councillors from other parties in the important decisions within the important committees of the council.
“Development control is an extremely important committee and so is the audit committee, so I’m disappointed they’ve seen fit to refuse the opportunity.”
Coun Eaves added that Coun Kiran Mulholland, who is a non-aligned council member, has accepted a position as chairman of the community focus scrutiny committee.