Lib Dem councillors were taken aback at the Council Meeting on 22nd November by the dismissive attitude shown to residents concerns by the Conservatives.
In response to a Lib Dem question about the true level of public support for building on Elms Field, Cllr Alistair Corrie, the Executive Member for Regeneration simply spouted a lengthy tirade of nonsensical statistics, based on the idea that anyone who hadn’t objected in writing must support the scheme. This long list of statistics did have one common thread – it showed quite clearly that a very small percentage of residents have actually come out in favour of this scheme to build on Elms Field.
Leader of the Lib Dems, Cllr Prue Bray said “The reason for asking the question was that the Conservatives claim that anyone who hasn’t objected – the so called “silent majority” – agrees with their plans for Elms field. That is clearly ridiculous – it’s like claiming the 86% of people who didn’t vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections were really all supporting the Conservative candidate.
Most of the population almost certainly have no idea what the plans for Elms Field actually are. Hundreds of people have objected at earlier stages but the Conservatives have turned a deaf ear to all their previous responses. I suspect they have therefore concluded that there is no point in objecting because the Tories are determined to press ahead whatever anyone may say.”