Misconceptions about the Independents
By TonyDomaille | Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 08:59
Almost two weeks after three independents were elected to Thornbury town council there is still much being said about the new councillors' motives that is just untrue.
One User on this site posted, "do you not think that it is a little bit irresponsible though for three people to take the seats just so that they can try to block a development in Thornbury that is right up their street?"
A comment not unlike those made by a number of people who have never taken the trouble to read the independents' manifesto.
Bigmandave suggests the new councillors get their message out by local radio and press. Well, attempts to get a slot on Gloss FM were not successful as their schedule is full for May. The Thornbury Gazette has frankly ignored information it was given and just prints what the Lib Dems say, so it is really only sites like this where their message can be heard at present.
The three independents are not single issue people. They have already promised ward surgeries, engagement with groups like Arts and Community in Thornbury, the Chamber of Commerce and others. they have taken seats on committees other than town development and have already demonstrated real concern on a whole range of issues affecting the town.
Bigmandave suggests the independents are irresponsible, but I wonder how responsible is it to print claims that could drive a wedge between people when they have no foundation in truth?