Pros and cons of politi­cised coun­cil

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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.

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