Let down by coun­cil­lors

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, - May I thank Mr Alexan­der for his let­ter (Jan­uary 10) re­gard­ing the Da­macre Cen­tre fi­asco in Brechin and the en­su­ing plan­ning meet­ing which he at­tended and wit­nessed.

I also at­tended along with a small group of lo­cal res­i­dents who had voiced con­cerns about the pro­posed plans.

I agree en­tirely with Mr Alexan­der’s take on the pro­ceed­ings of the meet­ing which we all feel shed a rather gloomy light on how some of our coun­cil­lors per­ceive the gen­eral public who voted them into these po­si­tions of power.

I use the term power rather loosely as it seems some, though not all, have let it go to their head some­what.

These peo­ple are voted in to rep­re­sent the public and sym­pa­thet­i­cally lis­ten to their con­cerns.

If they feel those con­cerns are mis­placed it is their job to give ad­e­quate ex­pla­na­tions to each and ev­ery one, not to ridicule , lam­bast and com­pletely twist those con­cerns to suit their own per­sonal agenda.

The lo­cal res­i­dents feel they sub­mit­ted very rel­e­vant points about the un­suit­abil­ity of the Da­macre Cen­tre for this project but also of­fered up al­ter­na­tive, more suit­able sites in re­gards to lo­ca­tion, ac­ces­si­bil­ity to public ser­vices such as ex­ist­ing drainage and ex­ist­ing road net­works.

Never once did any of the ob­jec­tors men­tion or even hint that there wasn’t a need for so­cial hous­ing but this was the is­sue that we feel one or two coun­cil­lors used to try and ridicule the ob­jec­tions.

Strangely what wasn’t high­lighted by those coun­cil­lors in the cham­ber was that a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a pri­vate house on the op­po­site side of Wil­son’s Park (the main thor­ough­fare to be used for this de­vel­op­ment) was re­fused a year or so ago on the grounds of ac­ces­si­bil­ity and road safety –all is­sues which are go­ing to add mas­sive ex­tra cost to this cur­rent de­vel­op­ment .

I went to the meet­ing ex­pect­ing a fair, hon­est hear­ing but in­stead saw a show of ut­ter con­tempt to a group of peo­ple who asked rea­son­able ques­tions and ex­pected back­ing from, at the very least, the three lo­cal coun­cil­lors who we as a com­mu­nity put our trust in.

Ni­cola Forbes. Da­macre Road, Brechin.

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