Not enough community cash from Tetbury housing
3:01pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A TETBURY councillor has accused the town council of spending money on unneeded facilities around the town and not consulting with the public over planning developments.
Tetbury Town councillor Kevin Painter criticised the council for endorsing a 250 home planning development in the Highfield Farm area of the town and spending cash on an unnecessary refurbishment of the Dolphins Hall community centre on New Church Street
He also called for the council to hold a public meeting with residents to ensure residents can have some input of what Tetbury needs in the future.
He said: "A concern I have now is the fact that a large number of people now have lost faith in their council and how they feel they are being represented so I urge my fellow councillors to back the idea of a open meeting with residents for discussion on what they want for their town. To paraphrase Jim Hacker, let us ensure that the 'people's will does not turn into the council’s won't'.
"A great deal of effort has been put into raising funds for the Dolphins Hall. The fact we are having a meeting in the Dolphins Hall proves the point that this money is not desperately needed for this project but should be spent on other town matters such as setting up a housing association, new medical facilities, better leisure facilities which many people could then use. As a good number of people have said to me they are ‘trying to reinvent the wheel,’ and 'if it ain't broke don't fix it."
Liz Farnham, mayor of Tetbury, told the Standard this week: "We will look at having more consultations. We are recruiting a new clerk and when that individual arrives, that’s one of the things we will look at. There is always room for improvement."