Monday, 21 January 2013
Local residents "disapointed" with secretive Town Councillors
Local residents have again accused Horsforth Town Council of being "Secretive" and letting down the people of Horsforth.
In an open letter to the Council one resident says-
"I am a long standing Horsforth resident feeling somewhat let down, disappointed and disillusioned by the Town Council persay.
By just walking around my local area I see ASB, drug use, excessive drinking, public houses clearly flouting the licensing laws, the decline in street cleansing - excessive litter, dog fouling/chewing gum and graffitti. Not to mention the appaling condition many of our pavements and roads are in all seem in free fall in decline and deprivation.
Since the end of 2012 I have actively engaged with the local PCSO's and NPT which has seen a greater visible presence on our streets resulting in much of the ASB declining/eradicated altogether, drug using/dealing concerns addressed and speeding concerns tackled. I have contacted Leeds City Council and asked them to address the street cleaning issue whilst progress in this area is slow it has improved. Although the wider issue of prosecution of the perpetrators/ dog owners needs to be dealt with rather then just sending street cleaners to clean up after them periodically this does not tackle the route cause - it should not be happening at all.
By opening my eyes, ears and mouth I have proactively and swiftly tackled many local concerns I am one person who happens to work circa 50 hours per week and have a demanding lifestyle I have little time to be tackling issues which quite frankly should be picked up and addressed by our local town councillors. At present my personal opinion is that unless there is some PR / Media interest in it for the Town Council you are positively closed and disconnected to local concerns. I should not have to be doing what I am doing as that is why we have a local town council to maintain standards and address local issues is it not? to effectively bridge the gap between local residents and Leeds City Council so that local residents do not have to concern themselves with such issues. I do not see you as a proactive, useful resource at present which saddens me.
These are some issues I require assistance with:
•The streets to be cleaner ie. the dog mess to be eradicated and perpetrators dealt with effectively
•As above but with chewing gum our pavements are littered with it
•Following the weekend there is always piles of human sick on town street / Long Row
•Street lighting on Broadgate Lane is virtually none existant
•To maintain links with the PCT / NPT to ensure local concerns and 'hot spot' areas are tackled proactively before our more vulnerable members of the community are fearful to leave their homes after dark
•I understand the local bus services are to be cut/altered making it difficult for people to access neighbouring towns and villages
Overall a more visible presence of 'our town councillors' is required and not just at voting time! you should be working for your votes and supporters 365 days a year! I struggle to get to you because of the hours I work over the years I have tried to be an active member of the Town Council my last attempt was June time 2012 I was dismissed and given incorrect information.
Come on Horsforth Town Council get your act together if I am seeing the area decline rapidly than you must see the same! stop the rot now! I cannot do it all by myself. Confidence in you amongst local people is rapidly on the decline only you can save it and stop it going any further you can do this by been more receptive, engaging, visible and proactive! Rebranding the library was nice but that doesnt help with those too scared to leave their homes around Low Lane because of the ASB in the area... it doesnt clear up the dog dirt on our pavements..."
There is feeling that Horsforth deserves better for the additional rates we pay into the Town Council and that it should be more open and accountable.