LETTER: Council - Become an independent

Seeing that a number of your readers regularly contribute to your paper’s points of view page I wonder if you might pass on a suggestion.

Why not stand to be an Independent Councillor! You would not be alone! There are Independent members at town, district and county level and while independents are just that, there is an umbrella group “The Lincolnshire Independents Group of Councillors” that can help with advice and support if required if you chose to join.

I have found being a member most helpful both as a sounding board for ideas and for gaining an understanding of issues across the county.

And there is so much going on! Whether it is Fracking, the Growth Plan or the Lincoln Eastern Bypass being a councillor does give you chance to air your views.

For instance, In Cherry Willingham, Reepham and Fiskerton some 3000+ residents have signed a petition against the shutting off of Hawthorne Road since a meeting in Reepham Village Hall on the 10th of January.

The situation is reminiscent of the opening scene of the” Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.” Planet Earth was to be demolished and the notice was posted on a planet some 300 light years away.

The residents on Planet Earth found out, to late, at the very last minute

In Cherry Willingham, Fiskerton and Reepham neither of the three local ward councillors were kept in the loop and the villages may well lose an important route into the city... and the long term viability of the schools in Cherry Willingham may be seriously affected.

LCC had not given the proposed closure anything like the publicity of the original bypass consultation. Nobody I know is against the bypass, but a number are against closing Hawthorn Road.

I was able to put forward the Fiskerton residents’ objections at the inquiry, and the experience has been interesting to say the least.

By having more independent councillors we may be able to insist on better consultation in the future and avoid the need for such inquiries.

If being an Independent Councillor appeals, please phone or email me, there are some interesting events coming up. Or Google Lincolnshire Independents for some general background information.

Chris Darcel,

Independent councillor for Fiskerton and Langworth, Holmfield, Fiskerton.