Poor quality party politics is the curse

I WAS delighted to learn from Cllr Ap Rees' letter of February 16 that, in his opinion, the scrutiny planning panel on HGV restriction proposals on the A368 allowed for 'some constructive suggestions'. What I was 'miffed about', and I have said this twice

I WAS delighted to learn from Cllr Ap Rees' letter of February 16 that, in his opinion, the scrutiny planning panel on HGV restriction proposals on the A368 allowed for 'some constructive suggestions'.What I was 'miffed about', and I have said this twice, was not that I wasn't allowed to make a three-minute statement, but that I and other parish councillors had been wrongly briefed. Secondly, parish councillors are not organised on a political basis. I am a-political and if I had had to join a party to be on Wrington Parish Council, I would not have stood. I consider that poor quality party politics is the curse of district councils.All I try to do is to stand up for the rights and concerns of the villagers surrounding Bristol airport. Surely they have a right not to have their environment wrecked by too rapid expansion of the airport? I am not against the airport. It would be pointless to argue against a business with seven million passengers a year! What I want to see is a proper discussion on the implications of the airport going to 10 million passengers in terms of the surrounding countryside, its villages and transport system.However, I am delighted to learn it was Cllr Ap Rees who 'prepared and proposed the recommendation which has gone on to the council'. Something has therefore come out of that foggy mismanaged meeting! This is the last I shall say on the subject.COUNCILLOR ECHO IRVING - Via e-mail


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