Elec­tors care for their en­vi­ron­ment, life­style

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

JOHN Weather­all's let­ter in last week's edi­tion head­lined “Pro­pri­etors’ rights are un­der sus­tained at­tack” is highly crit­i­cal of lo­cal govern­ment.

In as­sert­ing that “Lo­cal govern­ment seems to as­sume the end sti­fies the means”, his com­ments read more like those of some­one from the de­vel­op­ment in­dus­try, rather than a mem­ber of the City of Ned­lands coun­cil who one would expect to de­fend the coun­cil’s ac­tions and de­lib­er­a­tions.

His highly emo­tive re­marks such as “loss of rights for her­itage pur­poses and man­age­ment of trees” and “im­po­si­tion of a green life­style, con­trol­ling poli­cies con­cern­ing ve­hi­cle spa­ces, use of and ac­cess to al­ter­na­tive en­ergy, and over-strin­gent de­sign guide­lines that re­strict pro­pri­etors’ choices” clearly in­di­cate that, like Mar­garet Thatcher, Cr Weather­all be­lieves that there is no such thing as so­ci­ety and that it should be open slather for all.

You do not need to be a gree­nie or a so­cial­ist to be­lieve that for our own sakes and those of the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, the in­di­vid­ual’s rights should be bal­anced with the neigh­bours’ and wider com­mu­nity rights and it is only re­spon­si­ble to re­tain the ar­chi­tec­tural char­ac­ter and health-giv­ing green­ery of our western sub­urbs and en­sure sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

The City of Ned­lands has just gone through con­sul­ta­tions with the public over its new town plan­ning scheme and the elec­tors have re­sponded mag­nif­i­cently.

This shows they care for their en­vi­ron­ment and life­style, are far from apa­thetic as Cr Weather­all sug­gests, and put their trust in coun­cil­lors and staff to re­spect their rights.

It does not help Cr Weather­all’s case to de­scribe our lo­cal, demo­crat­i­cally elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives as us­ing “weapons in the front line of this war” and sadly, it is not only in so­cial­is­tic na­tions that political un­rest and cor­rup­tion rule the day. ColinLatchem,

Dalkeith.

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