Where do I put my

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph -

ON Thurs­day, along with many oth­ers, I will be cast­ing my vote at the lo­cal elec­tion.

My dilemma is who do I put my X against!

I have my own pen at the ready, in case, with na­tional and lo­cal cuts, they can­not af­ford to sup­ply them, even though some highly-paid ex­ec­u­tive will over­see the “event”.

In my ward there are four can­di­dates. Two have vis­ited my prop­erty, one of whom I chat­ted to, the other, who was talk­ing to my next door neigh­bour when I ar­rived home, never came back.

I read your ex­cel­lent evening pa­per on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and fol­low the “lo­cal pol­i­tics show”, es­pe­cially notic­ing the in­fight­ing, dis­agree­ments and leav­ing one party to join an­other or be­come an In­de­pen­dent.

The far­ci­cal go­ings on at the full coun­cil meet­ing when a young coun­cil­lor was chas­tised for switch­ing his phone off, while al­legedly more se­nior coun­cil­lors were on their mo­biles, shows signs of bu­reau­cracy.

I have read the elec­tion fly­ers and find the in­for­ma­tion of great in­ter­est.

The Tories tell us what they have done and the other par­ties tell us what the Tories haven’t done and what their par­ties will do.

I have no doubt that all can­di­dates are gen­uine and fully in­tend to rep­re­sent the ward in the best in­ter­ests of the res­i­dents.

I also re­alise that there needs to be a po­lit­i­cal el­e­ment within the lo­cal coun­cil, but it ap­pears that rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the main par­ties are in­flu­enced by their “demi-god mil­lion­aires” from West­min­ster.

I note, from the fly­ers, The ET and tax let­ter that some coun­cil ex­ec­u­tives are on a phe­nom­e­nal salary, more than the PM. Lo­cal coun­cil tax has risen, un­em­ploy­ment risen, money (tax­pay­ers’) has been wasted on cer­tain projects and sense­less decision mak­ing – get­ting rid of school cross­ing pa­trols, since reversed.

It is also ap­par­ent that the coun­cil leader and cab­i­net mem­bers are paid up to £30,000 per an­num for a part­time job.

Many Peter­bor­ough res­i­dents do not earn that for full-time em­ploy­ment. I am, of course, aware these salaries would be paid to any per­son, no mat­ter of their po­lit­i­cal al­le­giances.

So back to my dilemma – where do I put my cross? Sta­tus quo, or the un­known?

I do, how­ever, re­quest to the suc­cess­ful can­di­date, please look af­ter the needs of the res­i­dents and be with­out po­lit­i­cal bias in an en­deav­our to serve the said res­i­dents hon­ourably. STU­ART TERRY

Bringhurst, Or­ton Gold­hay,


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