Response To Mr Brian Labourne -
Today, a letter has appeared from Mr Brian Labourne. He claims that the people of Whitehaven are upset over the closure of the Civic Hall, and toilets. This is untrue. People from of ALL of Copeland are upset at the waste of their money.
You see, every parish and town council in the Borough pay a precept on their Council Tax. Part of that precept is taken away to pay for services in Whitehaven, because there is no Town Council. The public, up and down Copeland have been subsidising services in Whitehaven for years.
What the public of Copeland see now, having had money taken from their pockets, is for the services that THEY paid for, closing. What a waste. Why did CBC bother taking money from them in the first place?
There are too many members of the public that believe that CBC is Whitehaven Council. They are not. They are there to represent the views of 70,600 people in the whole of the borough. For the past 40 years, CBC have been representing the public badly.
Mr Labourne does follow the pages of myWhitehaven.net, so he will know that we, and CBC have been pushing for the October election (should there be a yes vote) to be moved to the May 2015 election, where costs will be reduced. Our campaign group have continually pushed for this option, and only yesterday one of our members contacted MP Jamie Reed, and asked if he could push the issue with central government.
As for the cost, if an election did go ahead in October, I'm certain that the majority of the taxpaying public will realise that the election fee is a tiny amount to pay to get rid of an inept bunch of autocratic Councillors that sit on the CBC executive (especially since they have £37m tucked away in banking facilities).
The campaign for an Elected Mayor is addressing the real issue. The real issue is, that nobody at CBC is capable of managing £multi-million budgets, and that they deem taking risks with taxpayer money as being acceptable.
Labour Cllr Philip Greatorex eloquently spoke at the end of February, when he stated:
I acknowledge I may pain many of my colleagues by suggesting there is nobody of sufficient calibre currently within the Labour rank and file of elected members required to progress Copeland’s interests as I have described, myself included, but the truth is, and one we cannot ignore, it is a conclusion also reached by several thousand others who have, by initiating a referendum on an elected mayor brought us together to consider the matter.I do wish that there were more Councillors like Philip Greatorex, who will speak truthfully, and passionately about the area. Unfortunately, he is in a minority. There are others like him, but its a vociferous number that are heard over those with genuine feelings for the area.
I've spoken with Cllr Greatorex on a small number of occasions, and hand on heart, I would like to state that he would be capable as standing as an Elected Mayor for Copeland. There are also a small number of Councillors in opposition parties that could do the same.