The St George’s Centre will reverberate to the sound of political point scoring on Thursday – that’s right, it’s full council time.
Expect much discussion of the decision to charge blue badge holders for parking at the hospital.
A motion has been put forward by Labour’s health spokesman, Teresa Murray, calling on the charges to be scrapped and the £10 administration fee for processing applications to be removed.
On the parking charges there appears to be cross-party support – Conservative councillor Mike O’Brien has said his group can’t support them.
But there might be some dispute about the administration fee. The motion has the chance of being passed in some form though.
Councillors might decide to stop short of that and perhaps call the chief executive of the hospital, Mark Devlin, to face them at a Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting.
This has been filling our post box and we’ve had plenty of calls about it since it broke last month.
Will this week be the week the pressure tells?
The mixed bag of questions at the meeting include the money spent on Chatham Town Football Club, water works in the Towns, the Secondary School Games and whether the chief executive of the council, Neil Davies, should be removed in a bid to save money.
The dithering over making a decision on airport capacity in the south east continues, but people on the Hoo Peninsula are already having to deal with planes flying above their heads.
An increasing number of flights from Southend airport have been going over the area since Easyjet started flying to more locations in March.
Residents say they weren’t consulted about it, and Medway Council have also said they received “no formal consultation from Southend Borough Council”.