Is there a need for parish councils?
IN our village and in other villages, there was not an election of parish councillors because not enough people have come forward to be voted in.
Councillors are just co-opted, thus missing the thrill of finding out how many people have voted for them.
If village people are not interested enough to stand for election, is there a point in having a parish council? There is also a danger that if cooption becomes the norm, parish councils could be staffed by political party members or even developers.
The district councils and Bucks County Council have the experts, as well as elected councillors, and could deal with village matters more efficiently.
Three tier government is wasteful in time and money.
The cost of an average parish council is in excess of £100,000 per year.
The money saved by abolishing parish councils could be used for urgent maintenance of roads, cycle path, pavements and general improvement for the village.
We should have a referendum on this!
Bottrells Lane Chalfont St Giles