We’ve just come across this questionnaire from Surrey Heath Borough Council:
Presumably the questionnaire – there’s a bit more of it than we’ve shown – stems from the badly-handled proposal to set up a Christmas skating rink in the London Road recreation ground LAST year. (If you want to complete the questionnaire, which we assume the council intends to be ‘live’; here’s a link to it: : http://www.surreyheath.gov.uk/webform/christmas-camberley-2016.)
We’ve no idea how long the questionnaire has been in existence – it’s not dated, and we’re pretty sure that it’s never been included in the ‘News’ section of the borough council’s website.
Which brings us on to that ‘News’ section. What’s its purpose? Unless we’re much mistaken, it made no mention of the closure of the Arena leisure centre last half-term, when the heating system broke down. Nor have we seen any reference in it to the burst water main that closed the Maultway and some of the M3 a few days ago. And we think the council is far too secretive about what’s happening to its regeneration plans.
A month ago, a councillor accused the Eye on Facebook of showing no respect for the council and of treating it as idiots. (We’re pretty sure that they were saying this about the Eye, but it wasn’t totally clear). We e-mailed the councillor privately, saying that our main criticism of the council was its failure to communicate fully. Ironically, we’ve not received any response. Anyway, as our Tory Prime Minister has demonstrated in the last week, you have to be open and honest to earn public trust. He says he’s learned this lesson now.. Perhaps our Tory-dominated council can follow his example and learn it too?