Is representing your constituents such a crime?
April 10, 2012 6 Comments
Over the next few days the questions to Cabinet Members for the upcoming Council Meeting will be published.
Within the questions, there are a number attacking me over the issue of the Car Parks in East Barnet. There is also a motion down for the next council meeting to discuss this.
Elected officials are often chastised for not representing their constituent’s views. This is what I have done in opposing the charges in the Church Hill road car park. I passionately believe that they are wrong for the village and will have a huge impact on the shops in this area.
I reiterate again that I did not vote for the charges – I voted for them to go out for consultation. We are often criticised for not discussing issues with the public before we decide on them.
I have been attacked by others who say that the budget included figures for charging in the car parks and that I voted for these. Yes I did – but the figures would have only come in to play if the council decided to go ahead with the charges.
I am confident that the East Barnet Councillors will be able to have these charges removed and I hope to be able to update everyone on this very soon.
If the Labour Party wants to attack me on representing my constituents – then so be it – the people of East Barnet deserve councillors who represent their views!
I would welcome to hear other peoples views – Is representing your constituents such a crime?
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