Why listening’s a good thing

Why listening’s a good thing

Why listening’s a good thing

First published in Opinion

ASK most voters just how much influence they have on their elected representatives in between elections and the answer would be, little, if any.

Local councils generally have an image problem. Residents have a perception that councils do things to them, rather than for them and with them. And that they don’t listen. And as all politicians know, it’s the perception that matters.

So, if as looks likely, the current operators of the Hengistbury Head land train win a reprieve, credit to Bournemouth council, whether it has bowed to public pressure or simply had a rethink.

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11:33am Fri 4 Apr 14

skydriver says...

A good article, it's a great pity Christchurch council are not in a position to follow suit re the Druitt fiasco,
Ops silly me,the headline was Listening, it's truly a pity they don't know the meaning of the word., moreover the leader doesn't , otherwise he would have heard the folk of our town want rid of him,
A good article, it's a great pity Christchurch council are not in a position to follow suit re the Druitt fiasco, Ops silly me,the headline was Listening, it's truly a pity they don't know the meaning of the word., moreover the leader doesn't , otherwise he would have heard the folk of our town want rid of him, skydriver
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1:37pm Fri 4 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

We can only regret none of the local Council's appear to be listening to their resident's over the dreadful results of the Government funded 'Three Towns Travel' anti-motorist scheme. If they let most us get a word in edgeways between the very vocal cycling and 'green' lobby's shouting they would hear most of us saying - No thank you, there are many other priorities on the roads!
We can only regret none of the local Council's appear to be listening to their resident's over the dreadful results of the Government funded 'Three Towns Travel' anti-motorist scheme. If they let most us get a word in edgeways between the very vocal cycling and 'green' lobby's shouting they would hear most of us saying - No thank you, there are many other priorities on the roads! muscliffman
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9:27pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Gonetothebeach says...

Well observed. But many voters do not understand that electing a representative (such as a councillor or MP) is not the same as choosing a delegate - only the latter having been 'delegated' to vote as required by the voters. Voters for national parties generally give over their right to be consulted to the various party political interests and therefore are assumed to support whatever the majority party decides is right, without further consultation - until there is a massive row about a decision.
Truly local, independent or issue based candidates are the ones who listen to local needs and act accordingly. Check out, for example, the alliance of independent councillors on Isle of Wight or Poole People councillors locally.
Well observed. But many voters do not understand that electing a representative (such as a councillor or MP) is not the same as choosing a delegate - only the latter having been 'delegated' to vote as required by the voters. Voters for national parties generally give over their right to be consulted to the various party political interests and therefore are assumed to support whatever the majority party decides is right, without further consultation - until there is a massive row about a decision. Truly local, independent or issue based candidates are the ones who listen to local needs and act accordingly. Check out, for example, the alliance of independent councillors on Isle of Wight or Poole People councillors locally. Gonetothebeach
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