councillor's 'disgust' at boundary changes decision
Highbridge councillor Joe Leach has this week said he is "disgusted"
that members of a district council committee have decided not
to respond to a consultation on parliamentary boundary changes.
Leach, who also sits on the Licensing and General Purposes Committee,
proposed that a response be made to highlight what he claims are
"flaws" in the proposals.
Boundary Commission's plans - outlined here
- include moving the town of North Petherton and the Poldons from
the Bridgwater Parliamentary Constituency into the Wells Parliamentary
Constituency, which includes Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge.
Leach made the case for such proposals to be reviewed again, telling
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "These proposals are entirely based on
numbers - when they should also be taking into account community
you ask anyone in North Petherton to whom they could most relate,
the answer would not be 'Wells'. It would be Bridgwater or Taunton."
"But when it came to the proposal being seconded, no other
councillor would back the proposal, citing that there was 'no
point', because the Boundary Commission wouldn't listen."
Joe added: "Councillor Derek Alder counter proposed that
the council should not respond and this was supported by a majority
of the committee. I am disgusted that the council felt it not
appropriate to respond to this consultation."
a simple response of 'we disagree' would be better than to completely
ignore the matter. The people of North Petherton have been badly
let down - it is our duty to speak on behalf of those who elected
us, and by failing to respond to a crucial change in the way people
vote is simply outrageous. If they cannot be bothered, they shouldn't
be on the council."
The public consultations on the changes opened in September and
close on December 5th. Details on how residents can have their
say can be found on the Boundary Commissions website here.