As loyal readers know, councils are the enemies of the people.
My thanks therefore to a loyal reader who tipped me off about a revolt by the good people of Great Coates against their parish council.
Over 650 Great Coates residents (over 90% of the village) have signed a petition calling for the parish council to be dissolved. The Great Coates Residents' Association (Grass) have now presented the councillors with the petition.
For why are the good people of Great Coates so angry with their parish council?
Well it seems that (in a microcosm of what national governments do) the parish council decided to rack up a large debt (£300K), the liability for which rested with the residents rather than the councillors who took the loan out.
Oh, and by the way, the loan plus interest places the villagers in debt to the tune of £700K!
Governments and councils are always delighted to take on huge debts, but are very reluctant to take personal responsibility for repaying them; instead they foist that burden onto the voters and taxpayers!
Funny that isn't it?
Anyhoo, in theory the loan is meant to pay for a new village hall.
All very nice and dandy, if the villagers actually wanted to pay £700K for a new village hall.
Can you guess what though children?
Yes, that's right, the villagers do not want to pay for a new village hall or indeed be placed in debt to the tune of £700K!
Local referendums voted against the hall, but the council ignored the people.
Raymond Lawrance, chairman of Grass, told the councillors:
"The petition was created because you chose to ignore our referendums which voiced a resounding 'no' to build the hall.The councillors have not commented.
We are asking you, as a council, to represent us and respect our views. And because you haven't, we have created the petition. It took several weekends to visit houses and it is still ongoing.
We will be taking legal advice with a view to taking action to abolish the council, if you choose to go ignore this petition."
Here's my comment:
Councils are the enemies of the people!
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