A bizarre letter in this morning's Echo from Cairngorm estate resident Christopher Wardell. Anyone who reads 'Hear All Sides' regularly will know that not having a great deal that's sensible to say has ever deterred Mr Wardell from putting pen to paper. I think the polite term for someone like him is "prolific correspondent".
Anyway, this morning we were treated to the following;
I recently had a hand-delivered letter posted through my letterbox, explaining tht my "local Labour councillors" would be conducting a walking surgery in the cul-de-sac where I live. All I had to do to grab their attention was to turn the letter around, and place the "Stop" sign in the front window.
I hope I baffled Councillors David Lyonette, Andrew Scott and Nick Wallis with my own handmade sign bearing the words: "Keep on Walking".
None of these councillors got my vote, so why should I waste my time talking to them, as the Labour Party never listens to what the public says?
Thanks for the letter, though. It has helped rekindle my interest in abstract art.
So there you have it. Don't engage in public consultation, and you're attacked for not listening. Try and communicate with local residents and that's slated because Labour doesn't listen anyway. Damned if we do, and damned if we don't.
In fact, this is the 10th year that we've run street surgeries in Haughton West - we were amongst the first to do so in the North East. In all honesty, Mr Wardell's cynical dig is the first complaint we've ever received - otherwise residents have always told us how pleased they are that we are trying to make it as easy as possible to get to grips with local problems.
Neither can we conduct street surgeries (or any other element of our representational role) only for those who voted for us. Explicitly, elected representatives have to work for the whole community, regardless of party affiliation, and we are proud to do so.
I guess the final indignity for Mr Wardell is that we never even saw his piece of "abstract art". Maybe he can reprise it for our next walking surgery on the estate...