Whilst lazing on our sunbeds – (sorry to all our readers over there in Blustury Blighty because we hear you are having atrocious silly season weather) – but we noticed on the web a little missive from the new ‘Chair’ of Godalming Town Council.
– ‘Abolition of town councillors robes and restoration of open public speaking at town council sessions.’
We have already posted on the abolition of the mayoral robes –The new brooms getting to grips with Godalming.
However, a subsequent sentence in a message to residents from GTC’s Chair Paul Follows took us by surprise…
‘restoration of open public speaking at town council sessions.’
RESTORATION OF PUBLIC SPEAKING! Really? Are we to gather from that statement that the previous administrators of Godalming Town Council didn’t allow their residents the democratic right to actually speak at town council meetings? If not, why not? Even in the smallest villages in the borough, the public is given an opportunity to speak, ask questions, make comments, to their elected representatives. Some even call councillors to account. So what in the name of open and transparent government has been going on in Godalming for? years?
Oh well – enough of Waverley matters and back to the beach bar.