Flatulence. An embarrassing noise – and the guilty party behaves as if nothing had happened.
Which reminds us of the borough council’s website in July 2014, when it was said that: “the council has published an exciting new video outlining its Vision for the future of Camberley Town Centre, detailing how, by 2018, it will be one of the top 100 towns in the UK.”
We’ve never seen a clear definition of how the town’s ranking was/is to be assessed. The only explanation we’ve heard is that ‘retailers decide it’. But, given the clearly-stated aim, we rather expected that the subject would be mentioned – and progress measured – in the council’s annual plan and annual review.
Much to our surprise we can find no mention of ‘Top 100 town’ in the council’s 2016-2017 Annual Plan. Nor can we find any mention in the twenty four pages of the latest Performance Monitoring Report or in the eighty-plus pages of the latest Authorities Monitoring Report.
So, you can see why we use the word ‘flatulence’. The council must be pretending that it never mentioned a top town, or 2018. But in that case, how can we trust anything else that the council promises – about more serious things like Ashwood House, the London Road Block, Arena, the Mall….?
Is the council – as in Orwell’s 1984 – re-writing or erasing history? Will the Eye find itself locked up in Room 101 for pointing this out?