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