CHESTER City Council stands accused of producing endless policies and action plans which gather dust on the shelf.
A cross-party panel makes just this point about the authority's Night-Time Strategy, which aims to promote a civilised and pleasant atmosphere in the city centre after dark.
Its parent committee reports: 'Preliminary results indicated that almost no progress had been made on any of the objectives in the Night-Time Strategy in the 18 months since it was adopted.'
Liberal Democrat panel member Cllr Paul Cheetham is not afraid to criticise the Lib Dem-Labour administration but believes there is bigger picture.
He said: 'Are we doing strategies just for the sake of it and putting them on the shelf ?'
One of the key aspects of the Night Time strategy is to promote city centre living and dilute the impact of late-night revelry at weekends.
Another element is an increased police presence and crime prevention measures. Community wardens have been taken on to supplement the role of the police, but Cllr Cheetham said: 'They don't work after 10 at night as far as I am aware.'
He added: 'We believe very little has been implemented from the strategy such as the improved lighting on the Rows and the improved transport out of town late at night.'
Cllr Cheetham says lack of time and resources could explain the slow progress but he also wonders if there ought to be a single leader to drive the project forward.
Cllr Paul Roberts, the Lib Dem leader of the council since March, believes many of the objectives will take time to achieve because of limited resources and the need to work with partners on many of the issues, but he is prepared to heed criticism.