One of the most repected men

AT LAST a column in the Mercury dedicated to us oldies and what sheer genius to ask Ken Lacey to write it.

AT LAST a column in the Mercury dedicated to us oldies and what sheer genius to ask Ken Lacey to write it. Ken is one of the most respected men in Weston, having served as both town mayor and North Somerset chairman.

He earned his MBE for services to the community and was founder member of the Senior Citizens' Forum, of which he is chairman.

However I am just a little confused by a report in the paper concerning Jim Bartlett and Dick Whittington wanting to form a new pensioners' association to campaign on such issues as council tax. Surely this is what the forum is all about and for all their goodwill I cannot see any point in duplicating campaigns when the forum does such good work - this could certainly be a case of united we stand - divided we fall.

These two campaigners would like to give the toothless Weston Town Council more powers - this is a bit like giving a double beef burger to an exceedingly fat toddler.


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It was Ken Lacey who was instrumental in starting the town council but even he would agree that it has not lived up to expectations. Most or us believed we would be going gradually back to old borough days, with Weston regaining its rightful home at the Town Hall.

Ken is right - in his column - when he says that we do not need 31 town councillors. Unfortunately we are in a situation where we have to rely on North Somerset and I am afraid there is precious little that Messrs Bartlett and Whittington can do about it, in spite of their good intentions.

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GEOFF MALHAM

Clarence Grove Road

Weston

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