IT is disgraceful for the Conservative leader Coun Tony William to describe a good number of Blackpool councillors as ‘part-time’ (Gazette May 29).
Presumably he would prefer a council membership consisting of retired people, and those who don’t have to work because they have enough money not to have to. This would be a dreadful scenario.
The Labour landslide in the elections of 2011 brought many new young faces into the council chamber, and a new young and vigorous leader in Coun Blackburn. All the new young councillors who have to work will, I am sure, deal with any constituents’ problems, as well as the retired and elderly members.
A good council will consist of a varied membership, balancing age and experience with youth and vigour, having a good balance between the sexes and having members with long experience and members with current experience in all walks of life, including work.
Blackpool Council now has moved decisively towards this situation, and Coun Williams should be ashamed to pretend otherwise.
WHILE searching for the source of a quotation I wished to use, I came across the following from Mark Twain:
“In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.”
What a lot of innocent fun could be had by slightly misquoting that one.
Particularly apposite with the present fracas with King Edward’s and Arnold, don’t you think?
CALM down Coun McNaughton (Letters May 23).
Wyre Council has chosen to adopt a policy of nominating a lead member from each geographical area, who will be charged with dealing with handling issues in each neighbourhood.
We were told that as we are now “one council, one team” there would be consultation to agree the representative for each area.
Imagine our surprise, when both myself and Coun Terry Lees, as the only Labour councillors for Cleveleys and Thornton respectively, received phone calls from another member telling us the “other councillors” had agreed the nominations.
No discussion. No debate on the subject.
As a backbench councillor, it is well nigh impossible to get any adequate responses from Wyre Council as things stand now.
Relevant questions on topics ranging from the council’s spending on corporate hospitality, to the council’s lack of support for bowling remain unanswered, despite frequent requests.
Efforts to support economic development in our town centres are dismissed out of hand.
To then be treated disrespectfully, and to be cut out of the process of carrying out our roles as elected members is not acceptable.
Terry and I will continue to do our jobs.
We will continue to represent all our residents, just as we always have, irrespective of whether they vote for us or not, and be available at surgeries, over the phone or by email.
COUN PENNY MARTIN
Cleveleys Park Ward