I hope you all had a lovely Easter and managed to enjoy the warm weather. As my wife and I enjoyed an ice cream at the newly opened cafe in the park, which is community focused, and our children were having fun playing in the Parsons Close park in town, I commented how lucky we are to be living in such a lovely town. Let’s hope with the May Fayre coming up this Bank holiday Monday that the weather will be as good again so that local residents can enjoy what I’m sure will be an extra special event this year.
But before that we have the small matter of the local elections this week and whilst I know many people have been completely put off by the ongoing Brexit saga being played out at Westminster I would still urge local residents to put that to one side and turn out to vote.
There are a number of reasons why I would encourage people to do so, firstly we should all be looking at local issues that affect our town and think about what questions you would ask our our prospective candidates if you had the chance and who offers the solutions. Only this way can you not only exercise your democratic right but it means you have a greater authority to hold our elected representatives to account. There are many local issues that face our town as it continues to grow which will require our newly elected councillors to come up with plans for the future of our town. That will take vision, dedication, innovation and engagement but before we put that responsibility on their shoulders we need to remember that we have a responsibility to engage and play our part in a positive way and not stand by the sidelines being complicit in non action and then moaning later on. And it’s also worth remembering how many people around the world are fighting to be able to vote. Local elections before the May Fayre, consider it business before pleasure.