Work together, pleas
PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:58 15 June 2010
I would like to say thank you to Lizzie Bewsher for all the hard work that she and her Stand Up 4 Seaton colleagues are putting into working on behalf of Seaton, as promised. It was gratifying to see her clear, concisely detailed letter regarding the que
I would like to say thank you to Lizzie Bewsher for all the hard work that she and her Stand Up 4 Seaton colleagues are putting into working on behalf of Seaton, as promised. It was gratifying to see her clear, concisely detailed letter regarding the questionnaire results appearing in the same edition as a most stinging personal attack from Mr Draper. This gentleman is obviously a very knowledgeable and experienced councillor and magistrate, and this deserves our respect, but for those of us who are not elevated to this position, passion is a powerful force when you really want to do something to help the town you love. Why so unforgiving? My daughter, Sophie, is a town councillor, and has been supported and encouraged by everyone in the council, not just the other seven new councillors. The excellent town clerks, Mr Higginson and now Mr Mears, have been particularly helpful, and I am so proud of her. Knowing how much Sophie has to read, and confidentially, I then multiply that by 12. This town council is working incredibly hard in arguably the most challenging period for Seaton in recent history. As with any council anywhere, members have to be fair, and there are many times, as Mr Draper would agree, when protocol prevents comment. Wannabes? Everyone starts with hope in their heart, no-one arrives in this world already primed and experienced. The ongoing dispute over the Seaton banners has now been explained and justified by Councillor Semple, the mayor, and it would seem a fair decision - now that all the facts and figures are known. The banners are beautiful, but their responsibility will ultimately be tied into whichever supermarket has a visitors centre to offer us. I shop at both Tesco and Sainsbury, and we need regeneration desperately, but Tesco intend to lay a concrete carpet across our town, with no thought to water displacement and floods.There are bound to be different viewpoints and opinions, but vitriol can burn more than just the target. Please, please talk to each other, put personal differences to one side and work together, or the real damage will slip through while everyone is busy undermining those who are working hard to prevent it.Jackie O'ConnellMeadow RoadSeaton
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