Tuesday, 1 December 2009

COMMUNITY COUNCILLORS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Before I start I am not insinuating that there is any link between Colwyn Bay’s Communities First and the one in the news item. What I am trying to get across is that Town and Community Councillors can, if they are persistent, make a difference.
The Community Councillor who instigated this investigation was ridiculed and, no doubt, criticised for what was called “Unsubstantiated claims”, nevertheless her persistence paid off and two officers, the Co-ordinator Miriam Beard and Monitoring Officer Andy Bunning, have both been suspended following initial investigations by WAG and the Welsh Audit Office.
“Minor” Councillors can, if they are open, honest and vocal enough, get things done; they may have to put up with harassment, political and personal verbal attacks and false accusations but, at the end of the day, if they feel morally right then they can succeed. My admiration goes out to the Community Councillor involved in this; Mandy Bostwick.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2009/12/01/north-wales-community-bosses-suspended-55578-25291628/

6 comments:

Monkey Harris said...

The whole concept of communities first seems a bit odd to me, what do they actually DO?

Anonymous said...

Every time I hear the magic word 'community' I reach for my luger p08 I keep in my unterhose
with the rest of my tackle.
Town Crier.

Councillor John Oddy said...

Monkey,
You can find out about them here...

http://www.colwynbaylife.co.uk/communities_first

Anonymous said...

Councillor Oddy, may I just say how refreshing it is to see a councillor standing up to the powers that be. You may only be a town councillor but you put the county councillors to shame. Both my wife and I hope you stand as a candidate for county councillor, you will get our vote, please keep up the good work.
William

Councillor John Oddy said...

William,
It is always nice to get positive feedback, thank you.
As yet I am not sure of my intentions in regards to the County Council elections, when I am you can be sure I’ll post it on here.

Councillor John Oddy said...

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2009/12/04/ams-question-communities-first-scheme-to-tackle-poverty-55578-25318519/