We spent almost an hour tonight at the Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting discussing the Ealing Arts Centre plan again. Although there was a good deal of constructive critical input from council officers, Thames Valley University and Questors, there was a general agreement with the principle of using the Town Hall for the arts. John Hummerston from EAC stressed that he had tried to take the politics out of this and had got agreement from all three main parties in Ealing for the project.
The committee agreed that we should set up a scrutiny panel which will pull together EAC, TVU, Questors and other players to make progress with the EAC proposal. The vice chairman suggested that we went further and endorsed the proposal in principle. The Conservative members plus the one LibDem voted in favour. The Labour councillors all voted against.
The guilty parties were Cllrs Ahmed, Dan and Kate Crawford, Gordon, Manro, Padda, Varma
I have commented before to the Labour leader that some of his councillors might make a contribution at scrutiny meetings. Tonight Cllrs Gordon and Ahmed managed to remain mute throughout.