Station thanks ‘sycophantic’

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Labour tried to ambush plans by the leading group on Erewash Borough Council to record its thanks to the ‘Tiser and others for helping to bring a station to Ilkeston.

Cllr Geoff Smith, lead member for planning, proposed a motion that the council records its thanks to the previous Tory administration at Derbyshire County Council, Conservative MP Jessica Lee and the Advertiser.

Labour leader Cllr Alex Phillips said the motion had ‘no relevance to this council whatsoever’.

And Cllr Frank Phillips said: “This is the most sycophantic, fawning motion I have seen in this chamber for a number of years.”

But chief executive Jeremy Jaroszek said it was ‘part of the council’s function’ to support the station campaign.

Cllr Smith’s motion thanked the Government and the county council for their financial commitment and the ‘Tiser ‘whose promotion of the station demonstrated so clearly to Government the wish of the people of Ilkeston to be reconnected to the national rail network’.

The motion was passed 25 votes to 23 at the full council meeting last Thursday.