POLITICS: A community is built by giving people choices

Roger Gambba-Jones ANL-150416-181218001
Roger Gambba-Jones ANL-150416-181218001
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I read with amusement that Wygate residents are being given the chance to have another say on a community ‘facility’.

The introduction of yet another noun to describe this shows that Coun Gambba-Jones is still behind it even though he has suddenly become shy – can’t think why that might be?

Due to his attitude towards anyone who had a different opinion to his, this support dwindled away

I wonder if the councillor would like to answer a question I have asked before but not received any answer to: “Why are the residents being restricted to a building?”

Wygate has many young families who may prefer a safe play area similar to that in Penny-gate or even something else.

I would also remind the councillor that following the public meeting in October 2013 he had many volunteers from the community willing to get stuck into a community project but due to his attitude towards anyone who had a different opinion to his, this support dwindled away and we are now 18 months further on but no further forwards.

Attempting to get support for a single option by dangling a £50 carrot is really desperate.

If any resident wants something other than a building, that may well be difficult to economically sustain.

I recommend using the tactic suggested by Councillor Porter a few weeks ago in connection with the local elections: i.e spoil the survey form by writing what YOU want.

A community is built by giving choice via a democratic process – this is one of the key reasons why I am standing as an Independent candidate for the Wygate Ward in the district council elections on May 7.