We must vote out ab­sent coun­cil­lors

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

THE Con­ser­va­tives have held power in Old Amer­sham since time im­memo­rial and must think that this will go on for­ever, no mat­ter what they do; they don’t even turn up to meet­ings and still they are voted in.

Chiltern Dis­trict coun­cil­lor Howard Trevette has had zero at­ten­dance since May 13, Tony Wil­liams has had 25% and Bucks County coun­cil­lor David Schofield has had 41% at­ten­dance – this means that at most meet­ings, the in­ter­ests of Old Amer­sham res­i­dents were not rep­re­sented at all.

To have no rep­re­sen­ta­tion at all at a lo­cal level is plainly not demo­cratic and takes us back to the 19th cen­tury.

The Con­ser­va­tives seem to think that it doesn’t mat­ter who they pro­pose for elec­tion; even some­body who is out of the coun­try for long pe­ri­ods of time, be­cause lo and be­hold, they will be voted in.

Let’s all do some­thing dif­fer­ent this time, let’s vote for an­other party, any other party; any­body could do bet­ter than th­ese peo­ple and the party they rep­re­sent.

Vote them out and make democ­racy work

MAR­GOT HUTCH­E­SON High Street Amer­sham

23), you stated that I only at­tended 41 per cent of the meet­ings that I was sched­uled to at­tend.

The rea­son for this was that I was un­der hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion treat­ment for 10 months dur­ing 2014.

Un­der those cir­cum­stances, I con­sider at­ten­dance at 41 per cent of the meet­ings to be a very good record.

I was unim­pressed by see­ing that my pho­to­graph ap­peared, which could eas­ily be in­ter­preted by the elec­torate as be­ing some­one who is not con­sci­en­tious and does not at­tend meet­ings.

DAVID SCHOFIELD

County coun­cil­lor Penn Wood and Old Amer­sham

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