Out­siders have a mo­nop­oly on coun­cil

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Wdp 2 / Opinion -

WHY does North Som­er­set

Coun­cil al­ways seem to cre­ate com­mit­tees with only one coun­cil­lor rep­re­sent­ing We­ston-su­per-Mare?

For ex­am­ple, Peter Bryant is the only We­ston coun­cil­lor from We­ston on the rul­ing ex­ec­u­tive and now we un­der­stand that the new com­mit­tee of six to look into We­ston town cen­tre park­ing problems con­tains only one We­ston coun­cil­lor – namely Peter Crew.

We­ston is the largest town in the dis­trict and gen­er­ates the most fi­nance, let alone the tourism in­dus­try that helps to swell the coun­cil cof­fers. Surely there must be those among the 23 coun­cil­lors rep­re­sent­ing We­ston more ca­pa­ble of un­der­stand­ing the problems than those who live in the sticks?

What chance do We­ston coun­cil­lors have of in­flu­enc­ing their lo­cal problems when out­siders have the mo­nop­oly?

Of course, it would help to re­duce problems if We­ston had a bus sta­tion. Hav­ing talked to one coun­cil­lor about the chances of a bus sta­tion, I was told in no un­cer­tain words that I should be talk­ing to First Bus be­cause such a fa­cil­ity comes un­der their ju­ris­dic­tion. But surely it is the coun­cil that should take the ini­tia­tive as our wel­fare is their re­spon­si­bil­ity?

It ap­pears that coun­cil­lors out­side the town are only con­cerned about their own back yards and, with re­gard to park­ing, it must be re­mem­bered that there are no road park­ing charges in any other towns in the dis­trict. It is a dis­grace that We­ston is treated so badly, but who said any­thing in life is fair?

Ge­off Mal­ham We­ston-su­per-Mare

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