I was just about to comment to Ruby on John Griffiths' letter in the BFP and suddenly realised I could comment on more, without going to the trouble of sending a carefully worded letter to Barry Peters. In fact why doesn't someone start a Not-the-BFP-letters-page blog, so that everyone who responds can be heard and come back again and again?
John Griffiths always writes a good letter (I would say that wouldn't I?) and here he makes the same sensible points he made at the council meeting on Tuesday.
M.Asbridge of Queens Close asks a question which is often put to those of us who represent people in conservation areas. Should they have to comply with higher standards of windows and doors in these areas, so that they are indeed conserved? One pensioner in my ward had a bad time trying to renew his front door, and even had to take his door furniture to Western Way to be checked. What do people think?
Simon Harding, a regular contributor, is on about public lavatories again, this time in the Woolwich building. I doubt there would be room for Tourist Information, Shopmobility, Town Centre Management, a council/police information/payments facility as well as loos, as he suggests. However, I am keen to preserve some town centre council access for my electors.
I was very sorry to learn of the death of Peter Drew OBE, to whose widow John Griffiths sent condolences on behalf of the whole council. But talking of regular contributors, I was saddened to read Sir Reginald Harding last week and Anthony Platt CBE this week seeming to use this as an opportunity yet again to knock St Edmundsbury Council and the Cattle Market development.
I was present at all the meetings of the Cattle Market Redevelopment Working Party that Peter attended, and shared with him the aim of digging a larger underground car park. That was not to be, although it must be noted that the administration still had the foresight and willingness to listen to public opinion and add such a car park to the scheme we inherited in 2003.
I do not think it unreasonable that lay members of a committee, who are not bound by the councillors’ strict code of conduct regarding confidentiality, should not receive exempt papers. Peter’s sudden walking out of his last meeting was his way of expressing the contrary view.
Neville Lewis is back on loos and talks of the council's "moronic obsession with money". Well Mr Lewis, it was an attitude going some way as far as that which ensured your last council tax rise was 2.9% - less than inflation. He and Simon Harding can rest assured that if any improvements to what I personally regard as satisfactory current arrangements can be made in a way which is affordable and appropriate, then these will be examined by officers with a view to councillors' consideration.