Actions without consultation are dangerous. Neither the public nor elected Councillors were consulted before this action was agreed by the Council. That feels wrong.
We recognise that decisions like these need sensible, grown up discussion – including the public. That’s why the Conservative Group are calling for a cross party working group, involving the community, to look at our cultural history as whole and make informed decisions on the best course of action. We need to recognise the sensitivities around many of our historical figures and need to look carefully at the pros and cons of such measures.
Furthermore, we are asking for clarity on whether this decision was at the insistence of Dorset Police. We should be asking the public first, not last. We look forward to hearing from the Leader, Vikki Slade, to see if she will agree with our call for a wider discussion on this issue and others.