Great Coates village council so 'out of touch'
IN REPLY to (ex-parish councillor) Paul Fieldgate (Telegraph, March 6), I have been involved with several projects in the village and many villagers have suggested I join the village council.
I attended most council meetings and on many occasions I was the only villager there, even when there were vacancies for councillors. I did not think it was right to “walk off the street” and say I want to be a councillor.
In my humble opinion the village council should ask who they think might be a suitable person to join the village council for the benefit of the village.
In October 2011, I was asked by a village councillor (now ex) if I would like to join the village council. With that in mind, I attended the November meeting and it was at this meeting a hall for the village was brought up.
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Some councillors went on to say that as the villagers have had two votes and on both occasions have voted against the village council going ahead with the hall, that should be the end to it, but the majority of councillors decided that they wanted to ignore the villagers’ vote.
In fact, one councillor went on to say that “if the villagers were given another vote could all those who did not bother to vote be classed as YES votes?”
I must admit to being surprised at what was being said. In my naive way I was under the impression that village councillors were there for the majority of the villagers, for the good of all. There were other points which I consider to be questionable but space is limited.
I decided on the walk home from that meeting I would decline from joining the village council.
I feel, Mr Fieldgate, I would not want to be involved with what I consider, and what more than half of the village considers, to be an undemocratic, out-of-touch village council, with a Governance Review, and a vote of confidence on the horizon, when even the “15-minute public session” is cut to seven minutes when the chair does not like what the villagers are saying.
Woad Lane, Great Coates.