Failing to respond

IT IS clear Councillor Ap Rees' perception of the Christmas scrutiny meeting into Bristol Airport is very different from mine. He appears to see himself as a sagacious chairman who 'tried to please'. I see him as a local politician punching above his wei

IT IS clear Councillor Ap Rees' perception of the Christmas scrutiny meeting into Bristol Airport is very different from mine. He appears to see himself as a sagacious chairman who 'tried to please'. I see him as a local politician punching above his weight and failing to respond to the needs of a large and complex assembly of people. This meeting was very important to all the parish councils surrounding the airport; none more than Wrington which has the whole airport within its boundaries.Prior to it, parish councillors were briefed that they could speak for no more than three minutes to a prepared statement but Cllr Ap Rees said no, we could only take part in the debate. Had we been briefed to this effect, we would have come prepared. Members of the panel twice asked for us to be allowed to speak but Cllr Ap Rees refused. It was only when the leader of his own party on the council asked him that he agreed. By then, quite a number of parish representatives, not just Wrington, had left as a protest. Instead of claiming I did not represent Wrington properly, I suggest Cllr Ap Rees takes a refresher course in the management of meetings.COUNCILLOR ECHO IRVING - Vice Chair Wrington Parish CouncilWrington


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