Will things get better under this new group?

AT LAST we are rid of one of the most disastrous administrations in the history of our town, but will things get better under this new group?

AT LAST we are rid of one of the most disastrous administrations in the history of our town, but will things get better under this new group? My belief having met with several of the new councillors (most are aware the officers have exerted too much influence on elected representatives) is that there is an opportunity for an era of change. Nigel Ashton is the first non-Weston-based Conservative leader and has few historical connections to the Weston blue rinse brigade. Hopefully his influence will help them modernise their thinking to attract young and vibrant political thinkers.We will have to suffer large cuts in services, and increases in council tax because of past decisions. This would have happened no matter who won the election. We, the electorate, have neither say in this, nor do we have any control over how the raised revenue will be spent or what fiscal obligations and commitments the past administration signed us up to.Ensuring the electorate is made aware of the honest facts should be a priority for this new administration. Tell us what the situation is and why, be open and straight, stop the habit, often used in the past, of half truths of meetings behind closed doors and public exclusion from the process of democratic governance.They have the majority for the next five years and I for one will expect to see some evidence of change within the second year. I am not a Conservative and never will be. My interest is to see Weston and North Somerset made a decent place to live, raise a family, and work.JAMES DOBSON - Swan Close, Weston


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