ADMIN – The two comments below were taken from the Echo today (17 November).
They do raise issues. Your thoughts?
For goodness sake. The survey was a total farce. Maybe the reason so few people bothered replying is simply because the public have no faith in Councillors actually listening. You were basically told, “This is going to happen, so if you don’t like it, tough.” There wasn’t even an option to keep things as they are. It was full of doom and gloom warnings if we didn’t join up, but the public are sick and tired of such warnings, most of which haven’t come true. This is nothing but a power trip for certain Councillors who want to have even more power. The plans to rearrange the wards will mean that those wards that don’t vote Conservative now, will be altered so that non Conservative voters will be outnumbered. The new Council will be a sea of blue, so no opposition whatsoever. They could still make deals with different councils (thus saving money) but they prefer to go the bigger is better route. Christchurch residents are really going to get turned over when this goes through. There are already plans being looked at that will see Council estates being built on green land, with the public having no say whatsoever. Council taxes will go up, services will go down … and residents won’t have a say in it. Don’t believe a word Nottage says, as the bloke wouldn’t recognise what the voters want if it hit him on the head. Like Beesley, Nottage listens to the voices in his head, nothing else.
From Job’s Worth