A regular meeting of the full council of Cumbria County Council was held at the Carlisle Racecourse, Durdar Rd, Carlisle CA2 4TS, this morning (Tuesday 7th September 2021) at 10.00 am.
The agenda and all supporting documents can be found on the County Council website at
There were questions about the A595 (from me) and about bus services among other things. I will post within the next day or so a speech I made about West Cumbria Mining.
I was also interested to hear a speech by a Labour councillor about how what an awful deal the PFI contract to build the original Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle was for the NHS and taxpayers of Cumbria, and he suggested that those responsible should be prosecuted for fraud.
He was of course right that this was a terrible deal - the taxpayer and the NHS have paid at least six times the value of the hospital since this deal was agreed just after the turn of the Millenium.
After the meeting I congratulated him on the speech and said that I hoped his campaign to have Gordon Brown prosecuted would be successful.
It was of course Labour who took a system which the Conservatives had put onto the statute book to finance revenue raising public works like toll roads - PFI was designed for the M25 Dartford toll crossing which opened in 1991 and was as brilliantly successful when used for the revenue-raising projects it was designed for as it was disastrous when Labour misused it to fund schools and hospitals to keep the cost of them off the public books.