LETTER: Councillors do not represent the views of the people
However, after reading three separate reports in last week’s Leader-Times regarding planning applications, I realise this is not always the case.
Representatives of the residents’ group Get Knotted were excluded from the meeting and told by councillors they were not allowed to attend.
Secondly, a planning application for the change of use of a shop to a cafe and wine bar was approved by councillors despite objections from residents and the presentation of a petition with 27 signatures.
Coun. Ann Kerrigan proposed the matter be deferred for talks between all parties but was unable to find a seconder. She was quoted as saying “we cannot overlook the views of 27 people”.
Apparently they can.
Finally, a proposal has been submitted to erect a block of eight houses on Collingwood Street, Colne.
It is scheduled for determination by council officers using delegated powers.
Once again, a total disregard for the views and objections of the people the councillors were elected to represent.
I suggest that if councillors are not willing to listen to their constituents then they should stand down and make way for others that are prepared to listen.