Will we ever get a town council?

I read with interest and grim recognition the account of recent proceedings at the forum given by John Mason, not that I attended this meeting.

I am speaking of some years back before the elections, when I first attended.

Without a town council, free from the control of Rother, residents fool themselves to believe they truly have a voice.

If you voted for the Conservatives or failed to vote at all, do you have only yourselves to blame for what is happening, at the forum and nationally?

Osborne warned the House of Lords there would be consequences if they voted down his bill on tax credits and when they defied him, he said they would need to be dealt with.

Grayling said they were not employing bully boy tactics. Try not to laugh out loud!

Osborne could not see that it was not the need to reduce the welfare bill the Lords were questioning but the way he was choosing to do it.

The Lords just wanted to trigger a rethink on Tax Credits.

In the past, it seemed, at the forum, the order of the agenda ensured that by the time it came to the questions of locals ‘time ran out’, or people lost the will to live as they were often indoctrinated, it seemed, with what someone wanted them to believe or left the proceedings early, thoroughly frustrated.

Some speakers seemed calculated to produce a high level of boredom and I found it invaluable to have a book to read, especially as these speakers did not seem to have been given a time limit for their lectures!

At later ones hopes of residents were raised, when the running order indicated they were to speak early, but then the chairman exercised his right to change this order, without prior warning, meaning people were even more frustrated.

John Mason is right that for a time residents did speak close to the beginning, but was that as the election loomed and there was a need to placate residents?

Clearly I hope John Mason’s plea has been heard, but looking at the agenda for the next one this week, does not make me feel optimistic!

Maynard promised there would be a Community Governance Review after the election, so residents would have more say over how they are governed. We are to be given this vote next autumn at the earliest it would seem. A town council is the only way forward, as it is totally free from the control of Rother.

This would give residents a voice. But will lack of money be given as a reason not to have one?

But then of course Rother does receive £650,000 of our council tax, because we do not have a town council and it will continue to go to Rother as long as we don’t have a town council. Speaking of money, what happened to the money M&S gave to our town?

Cutting MPs’ expenses would certainly save money, so more funds could be passed down to local government to set up a town council.

Have you noticed how the Conservatives manage to find money for the things they want to support?

Carole Woodland

Cooden Drive


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