Following the One Barnet project over the last couple of months has been a real roller-coaster.
Back in April, Lord Justice Underhill ruled the One Barnet Judicial review ‘out of time’ saying it had been brought too late, but condemned the Barnet Tories’ running of the project stating “Barnet Council never set out to consult about its outsourcing programme at all”
Maria Nash, a local Disability Rights campaigner vowed to ‘Battle on”. She received leave to appeal, and while the Court of Appeal had set the provisional date for October we have now heard it will be heard on 15th-16th July, in just under 1 months’ time.
Meanwhile the Barnet Conservatives are ploughing on regardless with the project. Last night Labour Councillors and members of the public submitted over one hundred questions to the Budget and Performance meeting to scrutinise the Council’s development and regulatory services (DRS) contract to preferred bidder Capita.
In that meeting we asked that in the “hiatus” between the meeting last night and any signing of the contract after the Judicial Review, that the council carry out a consultation and give local people the formal opportunity to comment that they have thus far been denied.
The Conservative Councillors on the Budget and Performance Overview and Scrutiny Committee voted against this proposal, sweeping aside the concerns of many local residents who would like to have their say.
In the meantime, rest assured we will continue to argue the case on behalf of all local residents who have been denied their say on this unprecedented project.