Only another layer of bureaucratic nonsense

PUBLISHED: 07:38 04 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:17 24 May 2010

IN OUR area there are 31 Town and 61 North Somerset councillors, with half the former wearing two hats. The electorate has little regard for all these councillors and their deliberations. With two out of three of us not voting, it follows there is need fo

IN OUR area there are 31 Town and 61 North Somerset councillors, with half the former wearing two hats. The electorate has little regard for all these councillors and their deliberations. With two out of three of us not voting, it follows there is need for a review of the whole system of local government.In the North Somerset Council, Weston based councillors need an average of 2,012 votes to be elected, whereas all the other councillors require only an average of 1,438, with Clevedon at 872 and Portishead 923. Weston councillors therefore quite rightly thought they were not getting a fair 'crack of the whip' and pushed ahead for their own, now costly, Town Council.What does this tell us? It tells us there is an urgent need for the redefining of wards so that all areas of population are fairly represented. If this was done the Town Council could be scrapped. After all it is only another layer of bureaucratic nonsense and a further unnecessary cost paid for by council taxpayers. The next step would be to reduce from 61 to say 31 the number of councillors needed to represent North Somerset. This would help reduce cost, automatically enhance the status of councillors and force them to make decisions in the interest of the community, rather than scoring points on party political issues.Just think, the easiest way to bring democracy back to the people would be to give each person on the voters' roll an equal right to represent us, by the simple system of drawing lots for the number of councillors required. This would result in a jury of councillors with a wide variety of views from many walks of life that would soon settle down to the task of running council business, a pipe dream maybe, but a nice thought. Unfortunately the present system favours the professional politicians at all levels.C J PEVERELLEEdinburgh Place, Weston

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