We can think of councillors as having three broad roles – representing their ward and the wider community; policy-making and their party interest. The policy-making role is critical so that elected representatives drive the policy agenda based on a platform that they have already put to electors. Without this feature in place, councils can become officer-led and nobody elects council officers. Councillors are there to provide the political leadership although there will be times when we have overlap with the officers’ managerial leadership.
We are in the middle of the political party conference season. This was for some time a ‘BBB’ seaside circuit with Blackpool, Bournemouth and Brighton being the favoured locations. Times have changed and other destinations have entered the preferred list.
With the current state of the economy, who would have predicted the launch of another newspaper for Crawley? This is a decision that has something in common with the post-war designation of Crawley New Town. It is creative, brave and bold.
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