Failure to act

First published in Letters

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

Questions asked of officialdom go unanswered, requests for change based on informed local knowledge, supported by others with given expertise, are rejected because they do not comply with one theoretical manual or another.

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?

N Pearce, Pentland Close, Risca

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9:49pm Fri 8 Aug 14

pwlldu says...

People admire strong leadership from local council to running the government. Nobody like a wishy washy leader or party in government. This is why a party whatever colour lives and die by their policies. There must be a great deal of listening to the public and not take so much advice from the unelected civil service.
People admire strong leadership from local council to running the government. Nobody like a wishy washy leader or party in government. This is why a party whatever colour lives and die by their policies. There must be a great deal of listening to the public and not take so much advice from the unelected civil service. pwlldu
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12:05pm Mon 11 Aug 14

brian819@btinternet.com says...

There is a great deal of difference in listening to someone and acting on what they tell you, and this is what needs to happen far oftener than it appears to at present.
Councillors of any party, once elected, seem to act as if they are a law unto themselves and have no need of the electorate until the next election. This isn't good enough.
Just as the Councillors need to keep a tight rein on their CEO's staff, the electorate needs to have means to keep an even tighter rein on Councillors. Just how many Councillors that you know hold regular surgeries, for instance. Is there a method of letting you know the outcome of your concerns, how satisfied are you with the answer you are given and if not, how do you find out what's the next step you should take.
It's no use moaning about anything at all if you are prepared only to moan. further action is needed by you to support your opinion.
There is a great deal of difference in listening to someone and acting on what they tell you, and this is what needs to happen far oftener than it appears to at present. Councillors of any party, once elected, seem to act as if they are a law unto themselves and have no need of the electorate until the next election. This isn't good enough. Just as the Councillors need to keep a tight rein on their CEO's staff, the electorate needs to have means to keep an even tighter rein on Councillors. Just how many Councillors that you know hold regular surgeries, for instance. Is there a method of letting you know the outcome of your concerns, how satisfied are you with the answer you are given and if not, how do you find out what's the next step you should take. It's no use moaning about anything at all if you are prepared only to moan. further action is needed by you to support your opinion. brian819@btinternet.com
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