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This disillusionment comes as no surprise
It comes as no surprise that the citizens of York are less than impressed with the Labour council’s performance over the past couple of years (Survey highlights residents concerns, September 24).
This disillusionment is despite the constant self-congratulatory comment emanating from senior Labour councillors.
The response from the leader beggars belief in that he is to hold meetings in every ward over the next 12 months to have what he describes as “a meaningful dialogue about what is important”.
I have a message for the leader; what is important to the residents in my ward is the cleanliness of our roads, that bins are emptied on time and the green bins are emptied into November to take account of leaf fall, that roads and pavements are repaired, that road gritting is not reduced. I could go on.
Residents don’t want money spent on crazy projects, but to be spent in our wards to address the above issues, not squandered on grandiose schemes which are the hallmark of our current council.
Finally, as the Lib/Dem leader comments, we used to have ward committees where many of these issues could be addressed, but the Labour administration killed them off.
So James, stop promoting the myth that you take notice of the citizens of York. You don’t.
• In The Press (September 24) City of York Council chief executive Kirsten England and overall council leader James Alexander are concerned about the public’s perception of the performance of City of York Council and their ability to influence it.
Well, Coun Alexander, perhaps I may enlighten you. You came to power promising to listen to the residents and what did we get?
Sale of Union Street car park, closure of Beckfield Lane waste tip and the removal of waste bins across the city. Plus council tax raised in the previous two years when central funds were available. All of these were not approved by the electorate.
Communication is in two parts – residents must talk, but you, Coun Alexander, must listen. Are you capable of this simple task?
Neil Raw, Oriel Grove, Clifton Without, York
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