Some of Brent Council's sternest critics are featured in this new video from Brent Council extolling the virtues of the council-resident 'dialogue' that take place at the Brent Connects Forums (formerly Area Consultation Forums). I didn't attend Brent Connects Kilburn and Kensal featured in this video but that panel debate format here certainly seems to have produced a livelier meeting. The format hasn't been adopted for all the Brent Connects events. This notice for Brent Connects Wembley to be held at the Patidar Centre, London Road on Tuesday Jan 15th, with due respect to the councillors concerned, failed to excite me:
One half of the forum will be devoted to portfolio updates from two members of the council’s Executive
* Cllr Krupesh Hirani – Lead Member for Adults and Health
The most important decision the council will be making this year, the 2013-14 budget proposals, does not feature on any of the current Brent Connect agenda and by the time the next round comes round the cuts and increased charges wil have been implemented.* Cllr George Crane – Lead Member for Regeneration and Major Projects.
This is an excellent opportunity for residents, service users and stakeholder groups to put questions on specific council portfolio to key-decision makers to help foster greater understanding of council initiatives. A full agenda will be available at the forum.
I criticised the lack of substance in the consultation last year, with no detailed proposals available, but this year there is no consultation at all.