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LETTER: Councillors should publish reports telling us what they’re up to

Your letters, emails and opinions - Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston

Your letters, emails and opinions - Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk, on Twitter @standardboston

For over a year, Boston Labour councillors have been looking at ways that the electorate in Boston can be made aware of what their councillors do for their town and their wards.

We were delighted to see our idea adopted by Boston Borough Council showing councillors attendance records on their website, but we believe that more should be done.

Boston Borough Council has developed a new website which gives the people of Boston more information, but the one area which is really lacking is knowledge of your councillor’s activities. It seems to us that councillors are either extremely embarrassed to talk about what they do for their wards or they are embarrassed because they haven’t got a lot to report.

We know when it comes to meetings that some councillors just sit there and don’t say anything, or put up their hands to vote because they have been told they must, or worse don’t turn up at all.

In this day and age you, the electorate, have the right to an annual report from your local councillor. We know the Conservative group on the council and councillors from other groups are silent on this issue.

But we can tell you our position. We will keep campaigning over the next couple of years to see more information about your local councillors being readily available for all to read. In the meantime we have taken the decision to publish our annual reports from 2011 to 2012 on our own website – www.bostonlabour.org.uk and we intend to continue. We think it is important that you can see what your councillors are doing for you.

Boston Labour councillors

 

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