This letter appeared in today’s Haslemere Herald, from Dr Helen Bowcock, Haslemere resident.
Sir, – In last week’s Herald Bernard Coe (Editor’s note, President of Haslemere Museum) demonstrated that the vexed question of parking in Haslemere is exposing significant weaknesses in the implementation of the “Big Society”. The residents of our town appear to be finding their interests and their community damaged in the name of localism. When Surrey County Council devolved certain decision making to borough level committees was it honouring David Cameron’s hope for “a radical shift of power from central government to neighbourhoods”? Or was it simply creating a mechanism to concentrate power and to distance local people further from decisions that affect their everyday lives? Judging by the public outcry against proposed parking measures we are finding that it is the latter.
Read the letter in full here Letter to Haslemere Herald. Big Society failing its supporters
From: Helen Bowcock [mailto: removed]
Sent: 24 February 2012 8:04 AM
Subject: Letter in today’s Herald
As promised, here is my letter in the Herald today.