Pros and cons of politicised council
I HAVE followed the issue of the political nature of Chalfont St Peter Parish Council with some interest.
If someone has volunteered and undertaken parish work on behalf of the rest of us for many years then they are to be thanked. Perhaps no one else was sufficiently interested to participate?
It’s human nature that we create groups and our own value systems within that which work very well for those who are a part of that enclave. Anyone coming along to challenge that is bound to be met with resistance.
The general perception is that parish councils are supposed to be non political. The reality is that since a 1991 survey there has been an increase of 38% in the politicisation of parish councils with something like 48% being political in 2011.
There are pros and cons to this but personally I would prefer to see a parish council where the community is equally represented – not excluded because they are not represented politically and where politics does not screen from us those things parish councillors would keep from us because of their political agendas – among other things is the issue of planning and the development of the Holy Cross site.