Politi­cians are big on prom­ises and low on strat­egy

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

I used to think our demo­cratic sys­tem was the best in the world, Churchill is at­trib­uted with say­ing “democ­racy is the worst form of govern­ment, ex­cept for all the oth­ers”, but I be­come less con­vinced that ei­ther of us were cor­rect.

We must all be alarmed at the way many of our elected politi­cians ap­pear to be work­ing against the view of the ma­jor­ity.

Closer to home our lo­cal coun­cil have held an­other elec­tion ap­par­ently cre­ated by some squab­ble within the rul­ing party. Apart from the cost I ques­tion the stamina of the elec­torate who faced with yet more prom­ises of ac­tion, will no doubt presently re­flect once again upon the short mem­o­ries of the elected. Our re­cent coun­cils (of all per­sua­sions) blame na­tional govern­ment for lack of fund­ing, yet have found money for new coun­cil of­fices, leisure cen­tre, “The Cres­cent” (and won­der why the town is empty), the co-op build­ing pur­chase (pos­si­bly soon to be de­mol­ished) no doubt “lob­bied” by lo­cal coun­cil­lors with more than a pass­ing in­ter­est in busi­nesses lo­cated nearby, cy­cle lanes that are rarely used by the few cy­clists who pre­fer to im­pose their right to share the high­way.

I don’t un­der­stand with the in­crease in lo­cal house build­ing, new busi­nesses, ware­houses and dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies flood­ing into the A5 cor­ri­dor and the Hinck­ley conur­ba­tion (with­out the ac­com­pa­ny­ing in­fra­struc­ture), how there is a short­age of in­come?

Busi­ness rates and coun­cil tax in­comes must surely have ben­e­fited.

We have less po­lice, less fire-fight­ers, less schools (our child pop­u­la­tion is in de­cline), less refuse col­lec­tions, less grass cut­ting, less road re­pairs, less street lights and less hos­pi­tals. So where the heck is the money go­ing?

I have writ­ten to many of our county coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all per­sua­sions over the last 12 months, high­light­ing the traffic prob­lems suf­fered by all who live in the area and in par­tic­u­lar travel to Coven­try. Any­body trav­el­ling from the eastern side of town are faced with a jour­ney through Hinck­ley in the morn­ing and again at night. For some that may mean a queue at Smok­ing­ton Hol­low which is just as daunt­ing as the queues to get on/off the A5/M69. The solution is surely to open the Sap­cote junc­tion (howls of de­ri­sion from Sap­cote res­i­dents).

Each of our county rep­re­sen­ta­tives replied with full agree­ment and the prom­ise to fight for Hinck­ley’s cause. My let­ter was for­warded by one coun­cil­lor to County Hall who replied in the af­fir­ma­tive and in­di­cated that many of the sug­ges­tions to im­prove traffic in Hinck­ley were al­ready be­ing ad­dressed.

They did how­ever men­tion they had a “projects to do” list of £360m across the county, so don’t hold your breath Hinck­ley.

In the mean­time we con­tinue to choke on the traffic fumes, we watch more cy­cle lanes be­ing painted, more traffic lights to de­lay peo­ple and our prospec­tive new can­di­dates con­tinue to claim they will cam­paign and fight to over­come these and many other is­sues.

Big on prom­ises low on strat­egy and time­frame, and ut­terly pow­er­less to per­suade county hall. It ap­pears only County Hall have the money and the mus­cle. In the mean­time our democ­racy has layer af­ter layer of parish, town, county, regional, na­tional and Euro­pean coun­cil­lors all ap­par­ently work­ing on our be­half.

Trou­ble is there seems to be lit­tle ev­i­dence of any tan­gi­ble re­sults, but one lives in hope. In the mean­time I in­tend to write to Jeremy Corbin and ask where to pur­chase these money trees he seems so good at grow­ing, we could cer­tainly do with a few around Hinck­ley.

Per­haps Hinck­ley Times could adopt a cam­paign­ing ap­proach within its pages. Whilst its lovely to re­flect on pho­tos from past times, its hardly riv­et­ing stuff and only adds to the sheer frus­tra­tion that our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives have not kept abreast of the chang­ing world we live in and have failed to pro­vide es­sen­tial ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture “fit for pur­pose”, but con­tinue to pur­sue van­ity projects. Burbage Barry

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