It seems that life at the ‘ivory tower’ down West Street might be getting interesting!
With the ‘defection’ of yet another Conservative councillor – who now becomes unaligned – our ruling party have lost their built-in majority: they have 16 councillors and the rest also total 16, so it’s possible (although not really very likely) that they could find themselves having a struggle to get some of their ideas accepted.
I remember many years ago, before the local council became so politicised, that councillors were never identified as from which party they came. True, everyone in the town knew which party they supported but they took decisions which benefited the town. Over the last decades it seems to have got to the point that it’s the party which matters, not the town.
Let’s hope that in the run-up to the next elections we see some decisions made which improve the whole area: I’ve mentioned before that the town seems to be getting dirtier so a clean-up wouldn’t go amiss!
Many have commented that although the annual rubbish collection by volunteers is to be admired, we actually pay for this service through our council tax, so why isn’t it done?
○ Once again the town is getting national attention. Daily papers were up in arms last week with the news that ‘migrants are taking British jobs’ following the council’s decision to allow Staples to increase its caravan accommodation for EU student labour.
Students are hired through the Harvesting Opportunities Permit Scheme, but Staples have said that HOPS also recruits British students. Many of the nationals didn’t seem to want to explain this.
It’s certainly not a clear cut issue.
It’s easy to say ‘locals’ don’t want to work for the minimum wage but a recent job advert in this newspaper by a similar company quoted wage rates quite a bit more than the minimum.
This certainly won’t be the last we hear of immigration between now and May.