An ex­cel­lent job done for our vil­lage

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

HAV­ING at­tended the An­nual Parish Meet­ing in Chal­font St Peter I feel com­pelled to write.

I would first like to say that I am by no means an ex­pert or in­deed hold any knowl­edge about how the lo­cal coun­cil sys­tem works.

How­ever I have been a res­i­dent in the vil­lage for 20 years and be­lieve that our parish coun­cil­lors do an ex­cel­lent job.

They work very hard on our be­half for no re­ward apart from to know they are serv­ing a com­mu­nity they care about.

There was a very con­fused ob­jec­tion and then de­bate about how our lo­cal parish coun­cil­lors are elected.

The point be­ing made was that it is wrong that the ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors are af­fil­i­ated to one party, namely the Con­ser­va­tives.

I think it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that when vot­ing at parish coun­cil level you are vot­ing for in­di­vid­u­als who you feel will best serve the vil­lage.

We are not vot­ing for a po­lit­i­cal party or for a na­tional or re­gional body. If in­di­vid­u­als hap­pen to be­long to a cer­tain party does that in­flu­ence the de­ci­sions they make about our vil­lage? I hope not and don’t be­lieve that is so in our vil­lage.

If we are not happy with the sys­tem or want to be in­volved then any one of us re­gard­less of our po­lit­i­cal lean­ing can stand for elec­tion. Mrs Dick­son did so and is now a parish coun­cil­lor.

All the is­sues raised re­flected gen­uine con­cerns and it is just a great shame that in do­ing so the de­bates de­gen­er­ated into a mass crit­i­cism of our hard work­ing parish coun­cil­lors. JACKIE HUGHAN

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