Saturday, 16 February 2013

It's been a long day - twice!

I know, its been a month (again!) since the last one but I’ve got loads of reasons – honest!

In that time I’ve endured a grotty cold – typically the worst of it was over a weekend! – and have had a couple of weekends away.  I’ve still managed to do my famous juggling act between business, council (and life!) and in the last fortnight have attended the two longest meetings so far at 4 & 5 hours.  Just imagine the delight of spending Valentines night discussing the council budget!!

The four hour extra planning meeting was mainly to discuss a specific wind farm application.  This is quite an emotive subject, raising questions about the possible environmental damage that might be done, and whether wind turbines are perceived a blot or a beauty on the landscape.  For me this issue is made worse by the often too biaised and inadequate information provided on both sides of the argument.  What a minefield, and not an easy decision for me to make.

I think it’s fair to say that thursday night’s ‘Valentine’ budget debate’s biggest concern was over the level of council tax increase to be imposed.  This is another issue which isn’t remotely easy to resolve – keep it low but then have to cut services or retain them but have to charge residents more?

I’ll leave it there for you all to ponder …


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