I attended my first Parish Council meeting as a councillor last week.
The agenda was, I suspect, pretty standard. We discussed a couple of planning application, some highways matters, and the state of the children’s play area.
Next time could be more interesting. There are consultations on street lighting and possible boundary changes. Both of these things involve a lot of paperwork to read through 🙁
I have managed to upload the minutes to my unofficial Woodditton website, on the extremely remote chance that anybody else is interested in reading them.
Well, that’s over for another five years. I can’t pretend that the results weren’t very disappointing, especially where I live in Woodditton.
In the general election the Liberal Democrat candidate who has lived in the area for decades lost to a Conservative candidate who lives in London and knows nothing about us.
In the local elections I stood for the district council for my area, and lost to a conservative candidate who live about 15 miles away in Soham.
I think that one thing that these results show, as well as the results across the country, is that the vast majority of people don’t vote for candidates who will best represent them, they vote purely along party lines, in most cases not even knowing who they are voting for.
In other news, I did win the parish council elections, and am now a member of Woodditton Parish Council. That’s going to be interesting…