The 13th of February 2013 was a black day for democracy and constitutional representation at the Sprowston Parish Town Council meeting.
The Town Council received numerous written submissions in opposition of the development proposed by Beyond Green, they then invited members of the public to speak, all voiced objections. Each Councillor in attendance, bar the Chairperson, then raised their own concerns, some of whom spoke both eloquently and at length. Not one word was uttered in support of the development.
Given the aforementioned events any reader would reasonably assume that there would be a unanimous vote voicing opposition, representing the opinions of those who elected the guardians of democracy and, if we are to believe the words they speak with such ease, represent the Councillors own views. No, there was what can only be described as a brief discussion at which point the Chairperson moved the meeting onto listing any concerns they have but, in principal, supporting the development. How can this happen, voter apathy is one conclusion enabling such arrogance. Clearly, our representatives would rather ignore the electorate than risk upsetting a developer who, rumour would have it, are backed by Merchant Banks and no doubt seek an easy profit.
Why was there no move to vote, you may draw your own conclusion, but my guess, no vote leaves no record. In 2015, how many of the elected representatives will point to the fact that they never voted in support of the development when seeking their next term in office.