Councillors raised my hackles

PUBLISHED: 09:04 25 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

I HAD no intention of writing to you again but after witnessing scenes from the public gallery at the recent council meeting, I felt a moral obligation to do so.

I HAD no intention of writing to you again but after witnessing scenes from the public gallery at the recent council meeting, I felt a moral obligation to do so.

My father remains at the soon to be defunct Poppyfields dementia care home, so when two passionate and involved members of the public stood to state the benefits of its continued existence, a few of the councillors' reaction raised my hackles. One decided to start texting on his mobile phone, another began to press keys on his laptop and the last straw came when one individual held his head in his hands and began rolling his eyes in their sockets. Maybe I'm missing something here, but aren't these people supposed to be listening to the democratic process in motion, not just being tied to a warped political agenda?

This care home caters for specialised needs that are desperate to witness, but it is administered in a caring and loving manner to those who are amongst the weakest and most defenceless in our society.

I am currently seeking members to a new political ethos, which I'm sure will sweep to power at a local level. People in this town have to get out and vote, even though this administration and previous ones of other party persuasions have, to say the least, been unpopular. Therefore, my desire to be the founder of the 'None of the above party' may be the perfect solution to this town's current problems. Just think, a sweeping majority, cheering crowds, a quick wave to his Elfaness and nothing would ever get done, so nobody would notice any difference anyhow. However, it would be cheaper.

Nobody I spoke to of late wants the council to move its buildings to the Castlewood site in Clevedon. Having nearly finished this diatribe, I've just been told that by a huge majority, there're off, so that's £12.5million to get in there and another two for refurbishment. That's what this town is sadly getting used to, the will of the people ignored, a shrinking economy at local level and no accountability from our Nige, the helmsman of the Titanic. I can't wait to see the traffic queues on a weekday at junction 21, they might even go back to the present Town Hall buildings in Weston, so what's the point of moving it?

Having witnessed the chamber in action it shames me to say that of the councillors present only 10 out of the 65 there were of local origin, the rest were from outlying areas such as Portishead and Clevedon. However, when things get all lovely and fluffy in the Castlewood complex, I'm sure we can expect lower council bills in March, as fewer expenses will need to be claimed as the vast majority will have a lot less distance to travel. I'll get a box of matches with the expected proceeds.

It is so sad that when the Weston version of the Town Hall closes, these people will not realise the massive effect it will have on the town. Together with the proposed scrapping of Poppyfields, it shows how unresponsive and unaccountable the champions of local democracy are to the opinions given to them by the people they purport to represent. One day, when all around them is no more, they may realise the error of their ways.

ROB HEAL

Locking Road

Weston

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