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Chesham: Liberal Democrats monitoring Tory spending

March 13, 2019 11:48 AM

Alan Bacon

Liberal Democrats on Chesham Town Council are monitoring closely how the Tories, who have run the Council since 2015, are spending the Council's reserves and have nothing much to show for it. Early in 2018, Alan Bacon and Mohammad Fayyaz put down a motion: "This Council notes the very large drawdown of the reserves forecast in this financial year and will work to keep budgets on track in the coming year." You wouldn't have thought that was too controversial but the Tories all voted it down and continued happily spending the reserves, mainly on consultant fees.

Then, in February this year, Alan Bacon gave notice of another resolution, noting that "the estimated general reserve at 31 March 2020 is barely above the minimum specified in the Reserves Policy," and stating that, "the Council will work to ensure that it maintains at least this minimum general reserve." This resolution now stands referred to the Council's Finance Committee. We shall see whether they accept it or not.