A call for sense

First published in Letters

MR MANN has a point regarding councillors’ inability to listen to their electorate and effective influence the unelected.

Questions asked of officialdom go unanswered, requests for change based on local knowledge supported by expertise, are rejected because they do not comply with theoretical manuals.

From the Western Valley, what did Mr Mann’s Plaid-led council ever do to hear and pay attention to those on the other side of the Machen mountain. A geographical feature more effective than the Berlin Wall ever was. What is Caerphilly County Borough Council’s is ours - what is Caerphilly’s is Caerphilly’s.

People and glass houses come to mind Mr Mann.

Nigel Pearce Trenewydd Park Risca

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9:47pm Mon 4 Aug 14

pwlldu says...

unelected Council officers and unelected civil service that govern us. They advice the councillors from legal matters to environmental issues. When to invest council money and how long to keep it in for.
unelected Council officers and unelected civil service that govern us. They advice the councillors from legal matters to environmental issues. When to invest council money and how long to keep it in for. pwlldu
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4:09pm Tue 5 Aug 14

allanrees1980 says...

Pwlldu you hit the nail on the head there.

This is why a cabinet reshuffle should be mandatory, that cabinet members and leaders should only be allowed to run for a set term and should not be allowed back into such a position for a set period of time (maybe an electoral cycle). This will then detach the relationship between cabinet members and paid officers also bringing in new and fresher ideas.

I also feel that paid officers should only be allowed to operate for a set time. That their contract last for 4-8years and a new person be appointed after that. If all local authorities applied the same idea then there'd be healthy movement of staff and again new fresh ideas brought in. It also will get shot of under performers and those opposed to change.

I also don’t think that political groups of elected members (councillors) should decide their own rules and party members should agree them at constituency and branch level.

Like I said in my previous letter, people need to get involved with their parties to insist on such rules that’s how you’ll change politics. The power lies in membership and affiliation - not just with your vote at the ballot box every election.

Please get involved especially if you live in Blackwood. www.blackwoodlabour.
org.uk
Pwlldu you hit the nail on the head there. This is why a cabinet reshuffle should be mandatory, that cabinet members and leaders should only be allowed to run for a set term and should not be allowed back into such a position for a set period of time (maybe an electoral cycle). This will then detach the relationship between cabinet members and paid officers also bringing in new and fresher ideas. I also feel that paid officers should only be allowed to operate for a set time. That their contract last for 4-8years and a new person be appointed after that. If all local authorities applied the same idea then there'd be healthy movement of staff and again new fresh ideas brought in. It also will get shot of under performers and those opposed to change. I also don’t think that political groups of elected members (councillors) should decide their own rules and party members should agree them at constituency and branch level. Like I said in my previous letter, people need to get involved with their parties to insist on such rules that’s how you’ll change politics. The power lies in membership and affiliation - not just with your vote at the ballot box every election. Please get involved especially if you live in Blackwood. www.blackwoodlabour. org.uk allanrees1980
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