Play­ing po­lit­i­cal games over clo­sure

Western Daily Press - - Opinion - Adrian Becker Chel­tenham

I CAN’T help but no­tice that ev­ery Tory in Chel­tenham, from our MP down, is very dra­mat­i­cally op­posed to the clo­sure of Boots Cor­ner.

Ev­ery newslet­ter calls on the coun­cil to change its mind about this change to traf­fic man­age­ment in the town cen­tre.

Per­son­ally I would like to con­grat­u­late the brave politi­cians who have stopped the decades of pre­var­i­ca­tion over what to do about Boots Cor­ner.

I’m a bit con­fused, how­ever, about who the brave politi­cians I need to con­grat­u­late are?

Is it the dis­trict coun­cil­lors who Alex Chalk and the Chel­tenham Tory As­so­ci­a­tion con­stantly seem to want to blame for a de­ci­sive im­prove­ment to our town but who have no con­trol over high­way mat­ters such as road clo­sures?

Or is it the Tory-con­trolled county coun­cil who are the lo­cal high­way author­ity and who must have en­dorsed the traf­fic reg­u­la­tion or­ders to bring about the clo­sure of Boots Cor­ner?

Is this a case of the usual dog whis­tle pol­i­tics – create a po­lit­i­cal con­tro­versy and then get your Tory mates on the county coun­cil to re­verse their de­ci­sion and claim a great vic­tory, prob­a­bly just be­fore an elec­tion is due.

Politi­cians who want to play games with our lives and our beau­ti­ful his­toric town should be shown the door.

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