No councillors quoted in press release - very unusual (February 04, 2010)
A DECISION to splash 'megabucks' on a move of a few hundreds
yards to a spacious home for Warminster Town Council is seeing more and more
distance being taken by the decision makers.
'No firm decision to proceed has yet been taken' writes Town Clerk
Heather Abernathie on behalf of previously verbose elected employers
who are using 'weasel words' to challenges from concerned citizens.
A press release issued from Dewey House (home of Warminster Town
Council) tries to answer the 'outrage' headlines above letters to the
local press about a loan that will cost over £1.5 million to repay.
"The press release is interesting and very revealing," says Paul
Macdonald, one of the two former councillors, who are investigating an
unprecedented town parish poll in response.
"They claim they need to move to have somewhere to hold meetings
as 'Privacy is denied for confidential meetings' yet what of their work
needs to be conducted in secrecy away from public scrutiny," asks Paul.
The town clerk has backed up the view of Cllr. Andrew Davis who
claimed that 'no firm decision' has been made (hot topics this week).
The town clerk goes on to say that plans have been available for inspection for three weeks.
Another website author followed Paul's lead and contacted his local councillor and was astonished by the response.
Many are currently keen for the Town Hall to resume its public
function yet Cllr. Keith Humphries told warminster-web.co.uk that 'as far as I’m aware it is not actually for sale'.
Simon Burn, the editor, has outlined a whole series of concerns about the decision.
"We anticipated this situation eighteen months ago," claims Paul.
"Weasel words are now being used as the councillors have been exposed
in many different ways and almost seem to admit that didn't have the full
"We proposed a clear use for the town hall that will benefit the
young people, provide a vibrant new community centre, and need not cost
anywhere near the £2million that our council are looking at spending.
"The town hall continues to be a disgrace that our town's civic leaders do not seem to be ashamed of.
"We proposed a clear use for the Assembly Rooms. We proposed the
loss of the dance floor space being replaced by that at Kingdown
*The Mayor's Community Day on 'Saturday 27
February (10am to 4pm) offers Warminster residents the opportunity to
ask any questions they might have' as they appear to react to a vfw
letter to the Wilts. Assoc. of Local Councils.
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