AN EX-PARISH council chairman demanded an apology after being refused the opportunity to ask questions of Cheshire West and Chester Council executive.
Eddie Jenkins was told by chief executive Steve Robinson at a council meeting on Monday he would receive a written response but no apology was offered.
This time Mr Jenkins was allowed to ask his question at the executive meeting at HQ about the handling of a decision over Gypsy and Traveller sites.
Two other members of the public – creditors of council leader Mike Jones’s liquidated company – had also been cut short during public speaking time at the previous executive.
In all three cases the minutes recorded they made comments or allegations about a councillor that did not comply with procedure.
On returning home after the last executive, Mr Jenkins, a former Puddington Parish Council chairman, checked legal advice given at the time that he could not ask questions.
Quoting the council constitution, he explained that questions could be asked but the council had the right not to answer if the matter required confidential information to be divulged or related to allegations against individual councillors.
Labour opposition leader Cllr Justin Madders also criticised the council for censoring the webcast last time.
The live webcast went off again during public speaking time on Monday, with the onscreen message ‘webcast paused’, but press officer Ian Callister said this was due to ‘a technical blip’.