Last week’s by-elections in Lancashire and Clacton have caused quite a stir in national politics. This time it doesn’t look like a protest vote, and, hopefully, it will make the established parties rethink their policies which may benefit us locally. With the National, District and Town Council elections next May, voters could cause a seismic shift in the way our councils are governed. In Aylesbury town and the Vale, the old order could be swept from power, or UKIP, if it makes gains, could hold the balance of power.
It is not surprising that the electorate are disillusioned. Locally our elected politicians seem to have their own agenda, and they certainly don’t listen to their constituents. In last week’s Herald a reader complained that she had written to her local councillor regarding the Fowler Road area, but had not received a reply, and I have heard similar complaints in other parts of the town.
Over 1100 people have signed a petition saying that they want the old police station to stay, but our so called ‘local’ politicians, some of whom live miles from Aylesbury, want it demolished, apparently for no other reason than it would be a lengthy process to change their plans . It is interesting that, when challenged about such issues, councillors quote all sorts of EU regulations, highway orders, ‘elf’n safety’ and risk assessments for their inaction, yet, nationally, when it comes to going to war an Act is passed overnight, spending millions and putting lives at risk.
UKIP have strong views on HS2 and protecting countryside. This may influence the government’s blinkered policy, we, certainly, wouldn’t think less of them if they did a ‘U’ turn. I have recently read that the Government has realised that overriding local councils, and local opinion, and allowing thousands of houses to be built on green field sites, is not a vote catcher and is amending planning laws. It’s too late for Aylesbury, which has expanded out of all proportion, but it is an indication of how election results can influence policies of national and local governments.