Good Example Of Bad Manners At Full Council Meeting

I WANT to thank Annie Shackleton for highlighting in her letter last week the lack of courtesy shown by some councillors at the full council meeting (Councillors Should Behave Themselves At Meetings – March 3). However, councillors talking while Mr Stimps

I WANT to thank Annie Shackleton for highlighting in her letter last week the lack of courtesy shown by some councillors at the full council meeting (Councillors Should Behave Themselves At Meetings - March 3). However, councillors talking while Mr Stimpson gave a presentation about the market was not actually the worst example of bad manners that evening. That dubious honour, in my opinion, belongs to Cllr Tony Parramint who while fellow Conservative Cllr Bill Hunt was speaking against the adoption of the Masterplan in its current form was seen to make a throat slitting gesture. A joke? Who know? Possibly, albeit one in very bad taste. Juvenile and unprofessional? Most certainly. An indication of a split in the Conservative ranks? Not impossible.

I would like to ask a number of our councillors what motivated them to stand for office. For some, it seems not to have been a desire to serve the public at all, since they show little respect to colleagues and members of the public during council meetings. As electors, many more of us need to stir ourselves to attend council committee meetings and council meetings. Only then, can we see which councillors make the effort to read the important documents they are given and upon which they cast their votes. Only then can we see which of them seek intelligent debate and which of them treat the meetings as an excuse to behave like ill-disciplined teenagers. Maybe then, after the next council elections, the people of East Cambridgeshire will get the council it deserves.

BARBARA GRAFTON

Haddenham

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