After reading last week’s letter page regarding issues around the Bexhill Town Forum, I felt I should at least mention a different point of view.
While I support all those who take an interest and at least try to inspire discussion and debate about issues that concern the people of Bexhill, I cannot and will not condone rudeness and intolerance of those who think they can bully and shout down a different point of view to their own, even if they are fed up with criticism.
The Bexhill Town Forum came into being so the residents could voice their opinions and ideas, if those ideas after open discussion were acceptable to the majority, the committee would be asked to take them to the appropriate council. Speakers from the council or any other body would be invited to inform the residents of future plans, which would give the audience the opportunity to question and fully understand what was being proposed.
Sadly of late the harmony that should exist between the executive and the members has all but disappeared, for no other reason than the executive taking away the involvement of the members.
I have no desire to see the officers resign, I just hope that they take a step back, leadership is about listening more than speaking.
Only by dialogue and communication will we create a voice that is supported, respected and listened to.
This is the only vehicle we have to-date, we are denied a town council, so let us be sensible, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
We must embrace and encourage the residents to get involved, to take pride in their town, support what is good and let those in authority know that the forum speaks for the majority of the community.
Rule and divide is a recipe for disaster, it will mean that anything the forum says cannot be accepted as the voice of Bexhillians working together who then will be the losers?
Cllr Stuart Earl
Rother District Council
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