I was appalled to read Deirdre Williams’ letter (13/11/15) and astounded that such a personal assault on the town forum chairman be printed, particularly as her opinion was based on hearsay, her not having attended the meeting in question.
I have attended town forums for the past five years and quite frankly, up until recently, was feeling more and more exasperated.
This was due to the pathetic and pedantic arguing which took place, usually in relation to the minutes of the previous meeting; a waste of time, causing the end of each meeting to be rushed or cut short.
In recent months, in spite of the funding received from RDC being drastically reduced (and with no council minute-taker) we have received well structured meetings, with speakers (including our MP) giving information on the most relevant issues relating to our town (be it the north east Bexhill development, high-speed rail link or Wetherspoons) and very fast access to the minutes via email. It has been refreshing to be able to contact the forum with questions and comments via their website or on Facebook, and I have been impressed with the fast response given to my queries. I have many friends in town and more and more attend, enjoying the healthy debate relating to matters which concern us all.
We were, however, all disgusted at the inappropriate conduct by the forum founder, Margaret Jones, at the last meeting, and embarrassed that this occurred in the presence of ‘out of town’ speakers.
Ms Williams describes the chairman as being ‘bullying’, rude and aggressive. This is unfair. Mr Peirce reacted in a way that anyone would, given the situation where Ms Jones grabbed the microphone, and hurled accusations and abuse.
I can’t help thinking that perhaps old school forum members are frustrated, not realising that what they are ’harping on about’ is actually happening. Time to catch up with the modern world?
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