Full Council this evening, with Labour and the Tories locking horns during a two hour session.
Two highlights for me - firstly Tory new boy Alan Coultas lauding the Pedestrian Heart scheme, and in particular the changes which have been made to the Open Market. Alan made the comments genuinely, earning a snarl of disapproval from fellow Conservative Ian Galletley. After all, it was less than 6 months ago that the Conservatives were basing their entire election campaign on what a disaster the town centre has become.
Just as they miscalculated over the pedestrianisation of Skinnergate and the Market Place in the 1990's, the Tories will come to regret trying to exploit for short-term political gain the Pedestrian Heart issue. Labour will not shrink from reminding them and local residents how it was the Conservatives who continually sneered at the scheme.
Then there was a surreal hiatus in proceedings when the leaders of the three political groups, together with Independent Councillor Steve Jones, lined up for a picture after signing a new protocal. From our position to the rear of the shot, Labour Councillors were treated to the intimate, almost loving embrace in which LibDem Peter Freitag held Tory Heather Scott. I would imagine Heather's face was a picture.
And they say that Tories and LibDems make uneasy bed-fellows... :)