UKIP councillor vows to continue anti-HS2 fight at council

Cllr Jonathan Bullock
Cllr Jonathan Bullock

A UKIP councillor says he is saddened after he was forced to delay a debate on a motion over whether Kettering Council should oppose the HS2 project.

Cllr Jonathan Bullock, who represents the Queen Eleanor and Buccleuch ward on the authority, proposed the motion at a full meeting of councillors this evening (Wednesday, December 18), before removing it so it could be debated in more detail at a later date.

It would have been seconded by Cllr Ruth Groome, who represents Burton Latimer.

Local opponents of HS2 say the plan would be costly to Kettering’s economy and would bring no tangible benefits to residents.

Cllr Bullock is letting the motion lie until after the issue has been examined by the scrutiny committee. Motions cannot be debated by councillors more than once, and Cllr Bullock says a meaningful debate could only take place once it had passed through scrutiny.

He added: “It is very sad that the Conservative group indicated they would not support the motion, so I am leaving the motion on the table while the scrutiny committee can look at the issue.

“The motion will come back to a future council meeting. It remains undefeated.”