Towns Annual Meeting

Just got back from the Towns Annual Meeting for Parishioners. This must have been the shortest meeting I have ever attended at HRTC in the past 2 years!

The key chair people whipped through the activities of the year, and after 30 minutes we were asking the public for comments. The only questioner asked what are HRTC's views on gypsy and traveller sites? Our group leader David Jones, gave a potted history of things as he knew them, pointing out that SBDC's consultants certainly did not consult the town council, and expressing concern of the impact on the town's infrastructure (Schools, NHS, etc).

Cllr Rita Egan asserted that from her reading of the consultants report, she couldn't find any group or organisation that had been consulted. "So who was consulted?", she asked, and then answered her own question, "Not the Town Council! Not the people! I have grave, grave concern over the lack of consultation!"

Cllr Rita Egan went on to urge people to "raise it in the newspapers! raise it everywhere!"

The questioner urged that "As a town, we should come together, putting party politics aside."

I promised to find the questioner a link to the documents, apparently missing from a link given in a local newspaper, owing to the demise of SBDC website in favour of Central Beds. Here's the ACTIVE link for the documents. (active while I write, anyway!)