The veil of secrecy that has seemed to cloud policy decisions at the West Somerset Council has long appeared to many locals as being as dense as the fogs that hinder safe moorland driving across Exmoor and West Somerset during winter.
Adjust Synthroid By T4 Free, Sadly, according to Cllr Mitch Wicking, as reported in the Free Press (28th Dec 2007), little has changed since the Tory majority was kicked out in May 2007 and replaced with the Independent coalition.
Announcing his resignation from the Independent coalition, Cllr Wicking was reported as saying he was "fed up with all the secrecy" and wanted to get back to working for "improved democratic practice within this council".
I have often argued that a transparent debate between local people and the West Somerset Council lies at the heart of getting regeneration moving in this area.
If even our elected West Somerset Council representatives feel they have been left out of the loop, what chance do the rest of us have and what chance has Exmoor and West Somerset of achieving its much needed regeneration?
Apparently, interviews have been held for an interim manager of West Somerset Council which included former local government chief executive Jack Neal who has a reputation for sorting out failing councils.
I looked up Richmondshire District Council where Dr Neal helped out recently. I could not find any public discussion forums but I found a page on their web site entitled Let us know what you think.
There is a Residents' Panel system that selected members of the public can participate in and it appears explanations are subsequently made as to how arguments raised by the public have been incorporated into subsequent policy decisions.
My criticism of the consultation systems locally in Exmoor and West Somerset has long been that they are hierarchical and exclusive of the vast majority of the population.
The consultation systems at Richmondshire District Council, Adjust Synthroid By T4 Free coupon, 150mg Adjust Synthroid By T4 Free, to me, look little different.
I have one question for any prospective interim or permanent manager of West Somerset Council:
How would you improve West Somerset Council systems to enable the local public to fully participate in policy and regeneration decisions?
And if his answer includes the word 'panels', 30mg Adjust Synthroid By T4 Free, 20mg Adjust Synthroid By T4 Free, I'd be very tempted to say 'next please'!
That excellent local institution the West Somerset Advice Bureau recently reported that one in six local people were accessing their services and debt was the number one problem.
It seems clear that the human cost to ordinary people in Exmoor and West Somerset of minimum wages and decades of failed regeneration policy has been huge.
Perhaps harnessing the collective intelligence of the people of Exmoor and West Somerset will not produce better answers. Perhaps the public of Exmoor and West Somerset are apathetic and lacking in ideas, 40mg Adjust Synthroid By T4 Free. 1000mg Adjust Synthroid By T4 Free, Perhaps the regeneration problems locally are beyond solution.
Perhaps the managers of West Somerset Council should blow away their fog of secrecy and give open government a chance to solve local regeneration problems since they have failed so dramatically.
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