Fareham councillor hits out at ‘no speaking’ rules at CAT meetings

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A COUNCILLOR has criticised rules preventing him from asking questions at a council-run community meeting.

Councillor Chris Wood, who represents Stubbington on Fareham Borough Council and Crofton on Hampshire County Council, spoke of his frustration after he was not allowed to ask questions at one of Fareham council’s Community Action Team meetings.

He said: ‘Fareham Borough Council is an absolute joke and the public meeting was a total farce. As a councillor I wasn’t even allowed to ask a basic question despite trying three different times.’

The meeting, held last month at Stubbington Baptist Church, was called to discuss National Grid’s proposed electrical interconnector station at Daedalus.

Council leader Sean Woodward gave a presentation at the meeting but would not take Cllr Wood’s question.

He said: ‘Cllr Wood knows the rules. These meetings are for residents.

‘Why should councillors deprive residents of time when they have 24 hours a day to ask officers questions as part of their role?’

In June 2014, Cllr Nick Gregory, who represents Fareham West, also spoke of his frustration at not being able to speak at these meetings.