A motion was tabled by the Conservative Group at Monday’s Full Council meeting recommending the Executive grant serving members of the Armed Services and their immediate families who are resident in the Borough of Ipswich free entry to the Council’s sports and leisure facilities in recognition of their sacrifice and commitment in the service of this country, with a recommended implementation date of 1st August 2011.
Cllr Carnall spoke movingly about the sacrifice our soldiers, airmen and sailors have made to defend our country in Afghanistan and Iraq and encouraged the newly elected Labour Administration to honour them and their families with free access to the Borough’s leisure and sports facilities. This is especially pertinent now that the Military Covenant is to be enshrined in Law by Parliament.
The Motion was accepted by the Labour and Liberal Democrat Parties with one amendment. The Labour Group felt 1st August 2011 was too soon to implement the measure effectively. After moving tributes to our Armed Forces by Cllr Ross, who spent 7 months in Afghanistan in 2009 with 2 Rifles, the Conservative Group accepted the amendment. The Executive are now obliged by Full Council to work on implementing this measure.
As a sidebar, the Mayor, Cllr Le Grys, did a very good job at chairing the motion debate. During the time I sat on the Council, many a Mayor would get themselves in a bind when trying to steer a motion through the plethora of Standing Orders (i.e. the rules) by which motions must be debated, amended and voted on. It seems at long last the Mayor (and Officers) now finally have a grip on the procedural rules. It makes for a far less frustrating and embarrassing meeting.