Council meeting cut short

Coun Bob Brierley with his dictaphone
Coun Bob Brierley with his dictaphone

A FULL Wigan Council meeting was cut short after an independent councillor recorded proceedings.

A vote was carried to pass all motions on the agenda without discussion to avoid further farcical scenes at the town hall.

Coun Bob Brierley informed the chamber that he would be recording the meeting on an electronic device due to his dyslexia and that it was his right to do so.

Council officers informed him that this would have to be put to a vote and he was not entitled to do this otherwise.

This was carried out among the other councillors as to whether or not Coun Brierley could continue to record proceedings and his request was rejected.

However, Coun Brierley refused to comply with the decision, claiming that not allowing him to do so was “contempt of court”.

At this point, Council Leader Lord Peter Smith moved to see through all motions without discussion.

Referring to a previous meeting which saw Coun Gareth Fairhurst removed from the chamber for tweeting despite being warned not to, Lord Smith said: “We had enough silliness in the last meeting and we don’t want it happening again.”

His proposal was seconded by deputy leader Coun David Molyneux and voted through by other councillors, bringing an end to the meeting after just 10 minutes.

Earlier, Coun Phyll Cullen was elected as the new mayor, replacing the outgoing Billy Rotherham.