11th Dec, 2016

Voters need straight EU facts - councillor

Joshua Godfrey 19th Oct, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM and Pershore voters should be given ‘geniune facts’ on whether or not the EU benefits the Vale, a Liberal Democrat councillor has said.

At a meeting on Wednesday, September 30, Coun Liz Tucker, who supports EU membership, called for the District Council to be a source of trustworthy information on how being in the EU and has supported the local economy and residents.

The Lib Dem sparked the debate as Prime Minister David Cameron attempts to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU, before an in out referendum is held before the end of 2017.

“They should have facts that they can see for themselves on the ground locally and from organisations that they know and trust, rather than from campaigners who are promoting their preferred choice for an in or out decision,” Coun Tucker said.

“How can people make judgements if no one can tell them the straight facts, there is a big hole there.

The Pinvin councillor hopes the debate will result in council chiefs publishing information about any EU cash that has supported projects in Wychavon before any referendum is held.

“They [Wychavon] could help in reaching the outcome I’d like to think we could reach agreement on today, which is a trusted organisation does need to hold and preferably collect local facts and figures that our evidence based.

“It’s got to be a trusted organisation, it shouldn’t be a campaigner and I would say that Wychavon could have a role there, could have a page on its website, could have a place where people could refer and know that no one was trying to con them.” she added.

Conservative Leader of the Council, Coun Robinson, echoed Mrs Tucker’s call for information and said Wychavon would be briefing councillors on the matter.

“I totally agree with Coun Tucker in that we all need to know more facts and understandings. I feel it is right and proper that before we make a judgement or debate we are all better informed.

“We’ve heard how complicated it is, I would totally agree with that, our residents expect no less on this important topic.

“To that end we will take the responsible route of directing the question to lead officers for a briefing note for councillors.”