THAT old chestnut, the Willow Court Special Committee, reared its head on several occasions at last night’s annual general meeting of the Derwent Valley Council. In one instance, Mayor Tony Nicholson was asked why an official list showing councillor representation on various committees indicated he was the sole council representative on the Willow Court committee, when two months ago he had said other councillors were also on the committee. Mayor Nicholson responded by saying he had no recollection of making such a statement.
Another public question during the council AGM revealed that no elected members of the Derwent Valley Council sat on the important Spatial Planning Committee which has managed key initiatives such as the planter pots in Burnett St. It emerged that general manager Stephen Mackey was the council representative on this committee as no councillors had volunteered.
Later last night, in its monthly meeting for December, the council decided that it would have a councillor sitting on the newly appointed New Norfolk Business Alliance Special Committee, and that councillor would also be the chairman, thank you very much.