HEAR NO EVIL, SPEAK NO EVIL, VIDEO NO EVIL?
Your open, transparent, democratic Waverley Borough Council is at it again… are we surprised? No way !
When are the good residents of Waverley going to wake up to the antics of this arrogant, power drunk council? Ah! it would seem they are! Read here: 16.07.29 – Complaints to council rise copy Complains up in the last quarter by 39%. Go on followers if you haven’t complained before – start complaining now!
This is the message that greets webcast watchers with monotonous regularity when they log onto the webcast to watch and listen to various council committee meetings. You can watch U Tube live webcasts of meetings all around the country and right around the world except in Syria, Zimbabwe, Russia; Brazil and of course North Korea.
Well, now much of the time we have something in common with these highly democratic countries, some of whom are now regular followers of the Waverley Web. No doubt they will laugh at this post! However, it makes us want to cry!
Now “Your Waverley” has upped the anti and is bringing in new rules to prevent Waverley residents from asking informal questions. Previously there was nothing to stop a resident turning up on the night to ask a question. In fact it provided an element of surprise in the normal stage managed proceedings!
Of course you were often asked to give the content before you posed your question, if it was likely to be “controversial.” Perish the thought that anyone would want ask anything “controversial.” God forbid that anyone in Waverley would want to do “controversial”!
Well… now you cannot even do that, even though your informal question was never webcast, just in case it happened to be “controversial” and it went viral.
Now “Your transparent, open government that is “Your Waverley has decided you cannot ask an informal question at all, only a formal question giving them ample notice … guess why … so you can receive an answer. Well that’s a culture change if ever we heard one. Because most people’s questions are never answered, at least not to their satisfaction. As for complaints try making one of those and see how you get on – we dare you!
In fact most questioners are treated with an underlying grudging tolerance, and are then referred to as in the case of legitimate Farnham questioners as “people with nothing better to do with their time.” Well there’s a lot of us about!
However you can always ask them here because we have heard from several Waverley councillors and officers that the Waverley Web is their “guilty secret” and essential reading. Though we are told they never use the council computer system is this site is blocked so they go home and do it!
As for you Councillor Jack Frost who, with just a stare can ice over the Wey, is surprised people want to come along and ask questions to which they do not receive a reply… don’t worry your little frizzy little grey head Jack because nobody expects you to give them a straight answer you wouldn’t recognise a straight answer if it hit you between the eyes! But perhaps you should take on board some of the comments your colleagues made about your council processes and image – read here: http://waverleyweb.org/2016/04/29/times-they-are-a-changing-2