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Redacted Wilts Times article after publishing inaccurate information from local Tory Councillor

June 18, 2020 10:07 AM
By Ellen Nicholson

Yet another poorly worded and inaccurate article in the #WiltshireTimes yesterday requiring a complaint and redaction.

Wiltshire Times has now taken down the article while it is re-written to be more objective. The article published a biased and inaccurate article on a decision made at full council almost a month ago, one wonders if the paper have this particular Tory town councillor on speed dial as a number of articles quote him then require editing when inaccuracies come to light.

We are seeing what appears to be a concerted effort by a handful of Tory town councillors to undermine the trust between the residents of #Trowbridge and the Trowbridge Town Council.

Town councillors are often more collaborative rather than combative for the good of the town, something that appears to have changed this year. Is this really about a wish to see Trowbridge Town Council responsibilities closed and revert to Wiltshire Council?

Such a move would disempower local residents and give less scope for making local decisions.

Cllr Palmer said "Councillors who want to achieve anything for the Town need to be able to get a majority of councillors to back their motions and ideas. That will not happen when one faction's stated dream is to disband The Town Council, remove all the valuable services they offer and cease any investment in our future!."

"The recent vote on the TTC was a vote on bureaucracy and not on whether or not we support Equality. As we all know equality is Enshrined in Equalities Act 2010 and TTC comply to that!

The reason for the vote against was it would have meant 'everything' done would need a detailed assessment. Simple things such as deciding who the stationery is purchased from would need a report. This would be a poor use of councils time and residents money.To further discuss the issue and to draft a better worded version for all major dec isions, the matter will be discussed at P and R."