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Thursday, 28 June 2012

WE HEAR: WE DON"T LISTEN 'Cllr Weale'

This excellent feedback from a dear friend of the Dame says it all. It iterates the warning that the Resident Associations should not put their faith in this council and their Gold Standard award baubles.
First Class Officers let down by lazy, incompetent dolts! 
Good evening Dear Dame
I thought you might like a little feedback from this evening's event at the Town Hall. A presentation organised by the excellent Community Engagement Team, led by Stephen Morgan, with Caeli Christen and Monsur Khan for the benefit of councillors. We are lucky we have officers of that calibre, in my humble opinion!! 
Those of us, with a very notable exception of course of your honourable self, who have set up web sites for the benefit of our local residents and businesses were on display to our Councillors. So interesting that the only councillors who had the courtesy to at least 'say hello', were the predictable 'decent' individuals - and I hope that I include all of them: Nick Paget-Brown, Warwick Lightfoot, Joanna Gardner, Julie Mills, Charles Williams, Timothy Coleridge and, sorry I am having a senior moment, a decent female labour councillor, Victoria Borwick was courteous as ever, as was the Mayor's Chaplain - a good choice of chaplain. 
The rest of them passed through with not even an attempt to say 'good evening, thank you for coming'. Call me old fashioned, but I do think many Councillors need to be reminded that they work for us, not the other way round. 
The aim of course was to let them know how they might communicate better with their residents!!!!!
I thought you might like the comment made by one of our great community activists, who had similar views to my own, "the best thing that has happened for a very long time is the Hornet'!!
Good night, rest well
ANOTHER COMMENT....
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "MORE TRIBOROUGH TRIBULATIONS AND A SENSE OF DECAY":
Before the meeting, "City Living - Local Life" arranged for councillors to meet some residents groups in the lobby of the Chamber. With a few notable exceptions, including Cllrs Caruana, Hargreaves and Paget Brown, the councillors failed to appear. Cllrs Faulkes & Lightfoot argued with a resident, while on seeing real people, Cllr Ahern fled the room. Outside, councillors formed up and marched straight through the lobby - eyes front. So while residents stood for 90 minutes, only to be ignored by their councillors, the main topic of conversation was The Hornet.
ANOTHER SALIENT COMMENT
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "WE HEAR: WE DON"T LISTEN 'Cllr Weale'":

This is a cross party issue, not about individual councillors or residents' groups. The Council supposedly exists to serve residents. The officers were charming, but last night the disrespect shown to residents by the majority of councillors, was a disgrace. In the Chamber, Cllr Cockell spared only half an hour and twenty councillors, including Cllr Moylan, failed to attend Full Council. The Tri-Borough ship is fast heading for the rocks. Dismantling it will doubtless cost tens of millions. Yet instead of openly debating the matter, many elected members were elsewhere. Among those who bothered to attend, the level of debate was risible. There is a palpable malaise in the Town Hall. Understandably, officers keep their heads down. Many councillors lack the skills to engage with the public. Nor are they equipped to respond to open criticism on The Hornet. The new technology is also closed to them. Last night in Kensington Town Hall, The Hornet was debated at length by senior representatives of several thousand residents. Councillors were also discussed. Residents representatives exchanged personal details. This may sound a bit like a Council! There is change. The Old Guard has no answer, except pathetic attempts to shore up the regime. Each day more people become aware that RBKC's four star status is a sham; thanks in good part to The Hornet.






4 comments:

  1. Cllr. Blakeman spent over half an hour with the residents' associations and their websites and also tried to demonstrate the Notting Barns Live website until the technology failed. Cllr. Dent Coad was at her son's graduation but no one else could demonstrate the Love Golborne website because Cllr. Feilding-Mellen has apparently pulled the funding for it.

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  2. This is a cross party issue, not about individual councillors or residents' groups. The Council supposedly exists to serve residents.

    The officers were charming, but last night the disrespect shown to residents by the majority of councillors, was a disgrace.

    In the Chamber, Cllr Cockell spared only half an hour and twenty councillors, including Cllr Moylan, failed to attend Full Council.

    The Tri-Borough ship is fast heading for the rocks. Dismantling it will doubtless cost tens of millions. Yet instead of openly debating the matter, many elected members were elsewhere. Among those who bothered to attend, the level of debate was risible.

    There is a palpable malaise in the Town Hall. Understandably, officers keep their heads down.

    Many councillors lack the skills to engage with the public. Nor are they equipped to respond to open criticism on The Hornet. The new technology is also closed to them.

    Last night in Kensington Town Hall, The Hornet was debated at length by senior representatives of several thousand residents. Councillors were also discussed. Residents representatives exchanged personal details. This may sound a bit like a Council!

    There is change. The Old Guard has no answer, except pathetic attempts to shore up the regime. Each day more people become aware that RBKC's four star status is a sham; thanks in good part to The Hornet.

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  3. At last the earth is beginning to shift, the good hard working councillors stand out a mile. They speak to residents regularly, work for them regularly, so have nothing to fear.

    The others shuffle past quickly not just because of their blatant contempt for us but in case they are asked a question or even challenged about what they are doing with OUR money.

    The days of subservient, grateful residents are over.

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