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Letter: If City Status Is Such A Good Idea, Why No Consultation?

Published on: 2 Dec, 2021
Updated on: 2 Dec, 2021

From: Anthony Mallard

In response to: Council Leader Says City Status Bid is Nearly Complete

I am delighted that the leader of the Borough Council has taken the time to address a number of the points I have made. I have clearly touched a corporate nerve.

However, his response leaves one with the feeling that there are still doubts that the application for city status will inevitably result in on-costs to the council tax payers, money that at present could, with greater benefit, be used, to provide care within the community to the elderly – there are many other examples that could be used to illustrate my point.

Likewise, and taking the text of Cllr Bigmore’s reply into account, doubts on costs and benefits remain. He remarks, ”We don’t anticipate any substantial costs.” So there will be some additional costs and his definition of “substantial” may differ from the man in the street.

He goes on, ”Any changes would be subject to council approval. This might include what we might want to replace and when.” Again ambiguity.

Finally, he writes, ”I would think that our borough businesses would be very keen to be involved.” So no, there is real consultation and the council hasn’t canvassed the views of the wider community, nor the wide-ranging business community.

Perhaps it is concerned it won’t receive the answer it wants in order to achieve its ambition? I have no wish to turn this matter into a conversation, let me end by asking, if it’s such a good idea why no meaningful consultation?

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test One Response to Letter: If City Status Is Such A Good Idea, Why No Consultation?

  1. Sam Peters Reply

    December 2, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Perhaps it would be better to question why councils have so little money in the first place, ie the average 60% cuts to central funding that local councils have suffered in the last decade (now worsened by the additional services and costs required due to the pandemic). That’s the reason councils are struggling to provide the basic services they’re legally required to, not because of a potential need to change a few signs.

    Sam Peters is a former candidate for The Green Party in local elections.

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