At full council last Thursday, fellow colleague and portfolio holder for Planning & Transport Mark Flewitt announced that he is going to reverse the decision to extend car parking charges from 6pm to 9pm in the Town Centre following feedback from residents.
Mark was in a situation where he was dammed if he did and dammed if he didn't. If he didn't reverse the charges he would have been accused of not listening to residents. Now he has made the decision to reverse the proposed extension he is accused of buying votes by opposition parties in the run up to the local elections.
The truth is that when we consult we listen to what people have to say and reevaluate proposals in the light of their comments. A consultation is not a referendum but if valid objections are raised it is right and proper that we react.