Townsfolk must be engaged

Whilst I don’t agree with C Simmons from Gillsmans Park on the migrant crisis (Letters, October) 9, the point about democratic decision-making is well-made.

There is of course a need for municipal leadership.

But there are many current issues on which townsfolk should be properly engaged before the cabinet makes decisions.

For example, I was at a Castle Ward Forum meeting last week where it transpires that despite last-minute changes to the plans around the Registry Office and the implications for the Town Hall, there is no possibility of local people influencing what happens next.

Honorary Freeman Pam Brown sounded the alarm in your letters pages during the summer. We are now in the position that, despite all the cuts that Cllr Chowney rightly decries, £250,000 might be spent on Aquila House – a building that the council does not own, and whose elected members don’t appear to realise only has a handful of years left on the lease?

Part of the problem is that the Labour council does not have an effective opposition which will hold it to account.

If there was ever a time for a Lib Dem fightback, it is in the town’s best interests for it to be soon!

Nick Perry

Hastings and Rye Liberal Democrats

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