|ON MY SIDE?|
I write as a one time member of the local Conservative Party though, at a national level, I still vote Conservative.
However, the way things are going in RBK&C I am having doubts as to whether I shall continue to do so.
One assumes an alignment of interest between residents and the councillors representing them.
Such an assumption would seem be wrong headed.
Even the resident associations spend much of their time fighting resident unfriendly plans.
There are honourable exceptions but, in the main, Conservative councillors fall into a couple of categories: those that do their best to stand up for those they represent and the others who enjoy a cosy relationship with powerful developers.
For councillors, whose lives have been lacklustre, there is a frisson of excitement in hobnobbing with shark like developers.
Pooter Cockell was a prime example. Nothing gave this nonentity a greater thrill than summoning up the personalised number plated Bentley for a trip to the Ritz to lunch with the Barclay brothers, It’s that 'small boy' syndrome writ large.
Worse still, we find councillors so incapable of grasping detail they become putty in the hands of the officers.
The situation is now so dire natural Conservative voters are lining up against the council.
Crossrail2, Marlborough Primary School and the Odeon, High St, Ken are just a few examples.
Residents drove even the revision to the basement planning laws-against much initial opposition from the Council.
And the Tri Borough fiasco has succeeded in damaging the quality of services, with little financial saving.
The next election is a few years off, but there will be by elections in the interim.
This is the moment to start fund raising and developing an organisation capable of putting up independent candidates able to break the political stranglehold so damaging to the day to day interests of residents.