Labour-Run Council Force Closure of Castle Street Using Emergency Powers

Castle Street has been closed after the Labour-run Council used emergency powers given to the Council because of Covid-19.

This closure was done without any consultation and without any scrutiny because of the emergency powers given to the Council in the wake of Covid-19. What this means in practice is that the Council can do things with next to no pre-planning or consultation. And more concerning is that the closure is set to last for 18 months – which, knowing Labour, will mean it will permanently remain closed.

The closure of Castle street came as a complete surprise to residents and businesses across the city. With businesses only told 48hrs before the closure. And cabinet members neglected to inform the Covid-19 scrutiny committee (the emergency committee set up in response to Covid-19) of the plans when they had the chance.

The Labour-run Council are seizing the opportunity to force through things they ideologically believe in (like treating hard-working people who drive to work terribly).

The emergency powers given to the Council to cope with Covid-19 are being used in the wrong way. They are supposed to be so the Council can respond to the health crisis – not force through things that should be dealt with during normal times.

Dealing with Covid-19 has meant the entire country has had to adapt to a new (temporary) normal. And the emergency powers are to allow Councils to respond to the evolving crisis. These emergency powers were never intended for Councils to push the boundaries of what should and shouldn’t be done during the biggest health crisis in 100 years.