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« Reply #105 on: March 10, 2012, 09:58:16 AM »

I’ve had a quite a lot of dealings with Marple Councillors over the last 10 or 11 years due to my involvement with the Iron Bridge Restoration, Friends of Marple Memorial Park and other community projects. As a result I have got to know most of our past and present councillors fairly well. From my perspective, as a community volunteer who likes to get things done, they have always been extremely supportive and in touch with what’s going on. In my experience they’ve also always acted with the best interest of the community in mind.
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« Reply #106 on: March 10, 2012, 10:36:36 AM »

One more thing that has just occurred to me.

To state the obvious this is the Marple Community Website. Now I could be wrong and I certainly don't have the time to check every single posting that has ever been and I'm willing to be corrected. There are six local Councillors and a lot of issues that crop up in a year and probably a lot of information to be imparted and a lot of opinion to be shared. I have no way of knowing if the Marple Councillors keep in touch with this site -you would hope that they would....BUT I CANNOT RECALL EVER SEEING ONE SINGLE POSTING FROM A COUNCILLOR - NOT ONE..ABOUT ANYTHING AT ALL...I think that's very strange.   
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« Reply #107 on: March 10, 2012, 11:11:29 AM »

Why is it strange? What is the point in getting into long-running debates with people on this forum who are anonymous? It would just lead to criticism, diatribes and personal attacks from the usual suspects. All of the councillors have regular surgeries and advertise, publicly, their telephone numbers. Nothing "strange" about that. Of course, if anyone thinks they could do a better job...........
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« Reply #108 on: March 10, 2012, 01:15:55 PM »

....BUT I CANNOT RECALL EVER SEEING ONE SINGLE POSTING FROM A COUNCILLOR - NOT ONE..ABOUT ANYTHING AT ALL...I think that's very strange.    

And not strictly correct.....

http://www.marple-uk.com/smf/index.php?topic=4103.0
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« Reply #109 on: March 10, 2012, 04:01:32 PM »

And that's the only one that ever I have seen.

But don't be fooled, they read the website alright, I once asked  a councillor why he did not contribute, he told me
it was considered to be private use of a council funded facility and inappropriate- how convenient!
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« Reply #110 on: March 10, 2012, 04:23:41 PM »

Why is it strange? What is the point in getting into long-running debates with people on this forum who are anonymous? It would just lead to criticism, diatribes and personal attacks from the usual suspects. All of the councillors have regular surgeries and advertise, publicly, their telephone numbers. Nothing "strange" about that. Of course, if anyone thinks they could do a better job...........

These are good points that you make and I think that I agree with most of what you say. However I wasn't really suggesting that they start blogging in earnest - just a bit of information now and again. This website I would have thought is an effective way of communicating with the community that they represent and they don't seem to use it. Lets face it they shove enough leaflets through our doors - which I don't read anymore bytheway.   
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« Reply #111 on: March 10, 2012, 04:28:06 PM »

And that's the only one that ever I have seen.

But don't be fooled, they read the website alright, I once asked  a councillor why he did not contribute, he told me
it was considered to be private use of a council funded facility and inappropriate- how convenient!

Is this website actually a Council funded facility - I don't think that it is - are you sure? I didn't know that - can you help out here admin?
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« Reply #112 on: March 10, 2012, 04:47:20 PM »

....BUT I CANNOT RECALL EVER SEEING ONE SINGLE POSTING FROM A COUNCILLOR - NOT ONE..ABOUT ANYTHING AT ALL...I think that's very strange.   

And not strictly correct.....


Fair enough Belly - I said that I was prepared to be proved wrong and I have been - apologies to Councillor Kev - but is that the only one?
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« Reply #113 on: March 10, 2012, 05:12:18 PM »

Is this website actually a Council funded facility - I don't think that it is - are you sure? I didn't know that - can you help out here admin?


No, the web site is not funded by the council.
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« Reply #114 on: March 10, 2012, 05:53:06 PM »

Is this website actually a Council funded facility - I don't think that it is - are you sure? I didn't know that - can you help out here admin?


No, the web site is not funded by the council.

It was the councillors access to the internet that was funded-not the Marple forum!!
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« Reply #115 on: March 10, 2012, 07:18:45 PM »

I can  understand why a councillor doesn't get involved here. Some people get personal, even on this thread we've had an opinion of a councillor based pretty much on the quality of headwear.
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« Reply #116 on: March 11, 2012, 06:46:11 AM »

I too can't understand why councillors - or any other public servants for that matter - should or would be particularly identified in relation to a web forum. One of the strengths of UK local politics is its accessibility through established public democracy: surgeries, offices, having councillors living in one's midst etc. Having lived in other parts of the world believe me, we have it good. I can understand that people who perhaps haven't experienced life elsewhere, or who are very passionate about an aspect of their locality, might not always appreciate that. So being curious, or affronted, that councillors haven't posted comments on a private forum which doesn't pretend to represent the entire community doesn't reflect the very good local government system that we enjoy in the UK. It might not feel like that all the time though....in which case, stand for office  Wink
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« Reply #117 on: March 11, 2012, 01:54:22 PM »

I too can't understand why councillors - or any other public servants for that matter - should or would be particularly identified in relation to a web forum. One of the strengths of UK local politics is its accessibility through established public democracy: surgeries, offices, having councillors living in one's midst etc. Having lived in other parts of the world believe me, we have it good. I can understand that people who perhaps haven't experienced life elsewhere, or who are very passionate about an aspect of their locality, might not always appreciate that. So being curious, or affronted, that councillors haven't posted comments on a private forum which doesn't pretend to represent the entire community doesn't reflect the very good local government system that we enjoy in the UK. It might not feel like that all the time though....in which case, stand for office  Wink

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« Reply #118 on: March 11, 2012, 02:21:33 PM »

That's the same in every country I've ever lived in!!
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