In­de­pen­dents will put the vil­lage first

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

UPON notic­ing the public scuf­fle be­tween two in­de­pen­dent parish coun­cil­lors and the lo­cal Con­ser­va­tive party, it ap­pears lo­cal res­i­dents can­not hope to con­trib­ute in lo­cal is­sues un­less they sign up to party pol­i­tics.

Th­ese sit­ting in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lors are the only ones who have to de­fend their seats on the parish coun­cil and not be­cause they are un­wor­thy coun­cil­lors – their con­tri­bu­tions to the good of the vil­lage are laud­able – but be­cause they do not wish to be aligned with any po­lit­i­cal party.

They just want the best for the vil­lage with­out any po­lit­i­cal point scor­ing – how re­fresh­ing!

How can any parish coun­cil hon­estly claim to rep­re­sent the full spec­trum of lo­cal res­i­dents views if all its mem­bers are drawn from a sin­gle po­lit­i­cal party?

It strikes me that our lit­tle vil­lage has the chance to grasp the true mean­ing of ‘lo­cal­ism’, and take the pol­i­tics out of the race.

PHIL MCAVOY Mon­u­ment Lane Chal­font St Peter

Ad­ver­tiser, Thurs­day, April 23, p9 I FULLY sup­port the pro­posal out­lined to hood the traf­fic lights but would sug­gest, to re­duce the risk of ac­ci­dents it may be nec­es­sary to cre­ate a round­about with cones.

That should help dic­tate pri­or­i­ties and im­prove traf­fic flow. Pedes­tri­ans wish­ing to cross op­po­site Tesco will not go to a cross­ing out­side Boots so thought needs to be given to their pro­tec­tion.

Nearly two years ago, Ken Walker wrote to the Ad­ver­tiser sug­gest­ing what is now be­ing pro­posed. It is a pity it has taken so long to im­ple­ment a trial lay­out which, in­clud­ing labour, will cost un­der £1,000.

DAVID MCMUL­LAN South Park Cres­cent

Ger­rards Cross

pushthe­boatout/Pages/Search.aspx. All peo­ple need are a change of clothes, soft-soled shoes and a towel. Book­ing is es­sen­tial for some ac­tiv­i­ties and re­fresh­ments will be avail­able and a friendly smile.

MIKE HAIGH RYA re­gional com­mu­ni­ca­tor, Thames Val­ley and Lon­don


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