Too busy?

First published in Letters

PERHAPS Mark Whitcutt and Debbie Wilcox would like to explain why they have not held any ward meetings recently on the Gaer. And if they’re going to use the excuse that they work, perhaps they should be reminded that, yes, they do work for the council and get well paid for it too.

Brenda Aicardi Drinkwater Gardens Newport

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12:36pm Wed 9 Apr 14

theviking666 says...

Ward meetings, would mean they would have to face the voters, not something they want to do.
Ward meetings, would mean they would have to face the voters, not something they want to do. theviking666
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1:11pm Wed 9 Apr 14

BobEvams2014 says...

They should give up their jobs now !! How dare they work for a living, they are there to represent their voters. They should learn to live on a basic Councillors Allowance and pay all bills to. Working is a feeble excuse
They should give up their jobs now !! How dare they work for a living, they are there to represent their voters. They should learn to live on a basic Councillors Allowance and pay all bills to. Working is a feeble excuse BobEvams2014
  • Score: 3

1:57pm Wed 9 Apr 14

welsh_n_proud says...

I've always wondered why this is. They think their seats are safe, I guess. Gaer will always vote Labour. Not sure this is true any more. After the debacle of the school, where they toed the council's line and refused to even consider the objections of the the parents and the community, many of us question where their loyalties lie. Well, I know where they lie. With the party and the status quo and not with those of us who elected them.
I've always wondered why this is. They think their seats are safe, I guess. Gaer will always vote Labour. Not sure this is true any more. After the debacle of the school, where they toed the council's line and refused to even consider the objections of the the parents and the community, many of us question where their loyalties lie. Well, I know where they lie. With the party and the status quo and not with those of us who elected them. welsh_n_proud
  • Score: 4

12:59pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Severn40 says...

I think residents shouldn't complain. Councillor Wilcox must be on a good little earner. She gets approximately £28K for her cabinet post and it is well documented that she is a head of department at a school in RCT. If that is a full time post - she could be earning some £68K at least.
I think residents shouldn't complain. Councillor Wilcox must be on a good little earner. She gets approximately £28K for her cabinet post and it is well documented that she is a head of department at a school in RCT. If that is a full time post - she could be earning some £68K at least. Severn40
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4:40pm Thu 10 Apr 14

welsh_n_proud says...

Severn40 wrote:
I think residents shouldn't complain. Councillor Wilcox must be on a good little earner. She gets approximately £28K for her cabinet post and it is well documented that she is a head of department at a school in RCT. If that is a full time post - she could be earning some £68K at least.
Surely that is reason TO complain? She puts her role on the Cabinet far above her role as community representative. We have her, Cllr Whitcutt (also on the Cabinet) and Cllr Thomas (Labour Party Chair last time I checked), all of whom are senior party members/cabinet members and therefore put their allegiance to the Party far above any needs of their constituents. In essence, the Gaer is unrepresented to the Council (they will NEVER disagree with other Cabinet members on issues that impact their Ward). I don't begrudge a councillor with an external job, being a councillor is not necessarily a lifelong job, but I do think that they should be available to meet residents in regular Ward meetings, just as happens in other Wards of the city.
[quote][p][bold]Severn40[/bold] wrote: I think residents shouldn't complain. Councillor Wilcox must be on a good little earner. She gets approximately £28K for her cabinet post and it is well documented that she is a head of department at a school in RCT. If that is a full time post - she could be earning some £68K at least.[/p][/quote]Surely that is reason TO complain? She puts her role on the Cabinet far above her role as community representative. We have her, Cllr Whitcutt (also on the Cabinet) and Cllr Thomas (Labour Party Chair last time I checked), all of whom are senior party members/cabinet members and therefore put their allegiance to the Party far above any needs of their constituents. In essence, the Gaer is unrepresented to the Council (they will NEVER disagree with other Cabinet members on issues that impact their Ward). I don't begrudge a councillor with an external job, being a councillor is not necessarily a lifelong job, but I do think that they should be available to meet residents in regular Ward meetings, just as happens in other Wards of the city. welsh_n_proud
  • Score: 2

10:30am Fri 11 Apr 14

-trigg- says...

Severn40 wrote:
I think residents shouldn't complain. Councillor Wilcox must be on a good little earner. She gets approximately £28K for her cabinet post and it is well documented that she is a head of department at a school in RCT. If that is a full time post - she could be earning some £68K at least.
A school's head of department has a very busy workload. Not only are they excpected to continue with teaching duties, they also have management responsibility for other staff in their department, are part of the senior management team of the school and will often have pastoral and extra-curricular roles as well.

When you consider that, I am amazed that Councillor Wilcox has any time at all to devote to council business.
[quote][p][bold]Severn40[/bold] wrote: I think residents shouldn't complain. Councillor Wilcox must be on a good little earner. She gets approximately £28K for her cabinet post and it is well documented that she is a head of department at a school in RCT. If that is a full time post - she could be earning some £68K at least.[/p][/quote]A school's head of department has a very busy workload. Not only are they excpected to continue with teaching duties, they also have management responsibility for other staff in their department, are part of the senior management team of the school and will often have pastoral and extra-curricular roles as well. When you consider that, I am amazed that Councillor Wilcox has any time at all to devote to council business. -trigg-
  • Score: 3

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