I would like to think, now that I have been elected to the Salhouse Parish Council, that SNUB and the Parish Council could work together to further the aims of the local residents in Salhouse and ensure that their views are represented fairly and democratically.
It is clear that the early signs are encouraging and I hope that the election of the seven new Councillors to replace those who resigned en masse ensures that this spirit of co-operation continues.
One of the lessons that I’ve personally learnt since my election is to appreciate all of the good work done by the previous council and the sheer amount of paperwork, rules and regulations one has to understand to be an effective and legal Councillor. I understand now why we at SNUB were reluctant to be part of this bureaucracy in the earlier days however the stakes are now too high to be acting in isolation.
Using this new knowledge I would like to apologise for one of my previous Blogs about the level of financial reserve in the Parish Council’s bank account, which I understand, is a legal requirement. I did not to imply any mismanagement of funds and if I did then it was due to my ignorance of the rules.
Now that I’m inside the tent I will have to abide by the rules however I will continue to lobby for rules to be reviewed if they neither are nor fit for purpose. In the meantime I will continue to chair SNUB and ensure that we all work together to prevent the urbanisation of Norwich that threatens to consume Salhouse and other communities and destroy the way of life that our families and we desire.