Put community first not party

First published in Letters

I UNDERSTAND that the Risca/Pontymister West Town Council is now up and running with eight town councillors in position to take this community forward. Could I congratulate the merry band of people of all political parties whose hard work has brought this about! Community councils are a non-political body of people who give their time free of charge to the community. I hope when local full council elections come along, some of these town councillors don’t use this as a stepping stone to bigger things.

Idwal Clements, Newpark Road, Risca

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3:43pm Thu 15 Nov 12

On the inside says...

Abergavenny Town Council recently wasted ages talking about spending £100 on christmas cards. We have the European Parliment, the British Government, the Welsh Government, and County Councils. All with serious budgets providing serious services on a significant scale. Town and Community Councils have tiny budgets providing very limited services. They are, with some exceptions, the refuge of self promoting hobbyists who are unelectable at any greater level. It is time they went.
Abergavenny Town Council recently wasted ages talking about spending £100 on christmas cards. We have the European Parliment, the British Government, the Welsh Government, and County Councils. All with serious budgets providing serious services on a significant scale. Town and Community Councils have tiny budgets providing very limited services. They are, with some exceptions, the refuge of self promoting hobbyists who are unelectable at any greater level. It is time they went. On the inside
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11:45am Fri 16 Nov 12

brian819@btinternet.com says...

I didn't know that typically Town/Community Councils were non-political. However, probably the most significant thing mentioned here is the general lack of funding that such projects seem to attract. If this is true then it does seem to belittle any useful purpose that might be gained from the efforts of the councillors.
It has been said earlier that some of the town councillors may take advantage of their 'status' to stand in the 'full council elections'. I suppose this would mainly be as 'independent' candidates. In which case, it would be up to the general voting public to decide, wouldn't it.
I didn't know that typically Town/Community Councils were non-political. However, probably the most significant thing mentioned here is the general lack of funding that such projects seem to attract. If this is true then it does seem to belittle any useful purpose that might be gained from the efforts of the councillors. It has been said earlier that some of the town councillors may take advantage of their 'status' to stand in the 'full council elections'. I suppose this would mainly be as 'independent' candidates. In which case, it would be up to the general voting public to decide, wouldn't it. brian819@btinternet.com
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11:45am Fri 16 Nov 12

brian819@btinternet.com says...

I didn't know that typically Town/Community Councils were non-political. However, probably the most significant thing mentioned here is the general lack of funding that such projects seem to attract. If this is true then it does seem to belittle any useful purpose that might be gained from the efforts of the councillors.
It has been said earlier that some of the town councillors may take advantage of their 'status' to stand in the 'full council elections'. I suppose this would mainly be as 'independent' candidates. In which case, it would be up to the general voting public to decide, wouldn't it.
I didn't know that typically Town/Community Councils were non-political. However, probably the most significant thing mentioned here is the general lack of funding that such projects seem to attract. If this is true then it does seem to belittle any useful purpose that might be gained from the efforts of the councillors. It has been said earlier that some of the town councillors may take advantage of their 'status' to stand in the 'full council elections'. I suppose this would mainly be as 'independent' candidates. In which case, it would be up to the general voting public to decide, wouldn't it. brian819@btinternet.com
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