Is there a need for parish coun­cils?

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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

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