Confidence in local councillors is steadily ebbing away (March 26, 2010)
WARMINSTER is to be asked to have its say in a
'vote of confidence' about their local councillors as yet another
crisis hits the the future prosperity of the town.
"I really cannot believe that our councillors with
one or two exceptions should continue in office after the latest
debacle of the cock-up about car parking charges," says former deputy
Mayor Paul Macdonald.
"How can a town council that was warned by myself
and another former councillor be caught out according to the local
newspaper Warminster Journal about the five-fold hike in their subsidy
by Wiltshire Council when so many of them serve on both councils?
"This is another example of a set of councillors
that were elected taking advantage of an unprecedented opportunity to
have a six-year term of office not concentrating on representing the
The latest furore to join those angering the
townsfolk about the town hall, the 'megaloan' for the Assembly Hall,
and now car parking charges which will be imposed within a week will
see former councillor Paul Macdonald offer to organise a protest march
from the Assembly Hall to Dewey House on April 12th.
"This is the annual parish meeting required by law
which allows the public to question the town council which is still
thankfully governed by parish council rules about their work.
"I have the information from the Warminster Police
Inspector about the requirements for a public demonstration. After
dozens of people spoke to me today about the latest fiasco I will be
asking them should we go ahead?
"How can the town council claim to be caught
unawares when they knew the arrangement was coming to an end and they
have councillors who serve on both authorities?
"Both myself and Steve Dancey as co-authors of visionforwarminster.co.uk warned them that they had to be alert to this.
"The same councillors in charge of both Warminster
Town Council and representing the town on Wiltshire council is now
unsustainable in my view.
"We need to let the public have their say."
SEE OUR HOT TOPIC published on 6 January this year when we warned of the impending parking charges.
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