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Sunday, 17 March 2013

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Mayor Baffled

A TOWN mayor has said he is baffled by an Isle of Wight Council decision.

The Isle of Wight Council, which made the decision is sticking by the decision despite opposition from the Mayor.

Council spokeman Gordon Gillies says "It is the right of the Council to make decisions. We do not meet too often as it is difficult to get everyone together and have not made a decision in some time now so we are sticking with this one."

"This is a good decision for Ventnor. We are quite pleased with the progress that this decision signals and hope that it will be used as precedent for making other decisions in the future."

Residents say that not everyone is in favour of the decision, Council is accused of secrecy and hiding the subject of the decision to stifle debate on the issue.

Gillies defends the actions of Council "The decision was made in an entirely open and transparent process."

A survey was sent out to all residents with water bills last summer with many responses returned having tick boxes checked off clearly indicating that residents wanted to participate in Council decision making.

Ventnor Mayor Steve Stubbings said: "I am completely baffled by the decision.

"We await further details from the Isle of Wight Council but I fear that yet another nail has just been driven into the coffin of local democracy."

The Mayor has asked interested residents to speak forward on the issue at a special meeting to be held at 7pm at St Lawrence Village Hall.

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