Momentum is gathering in Swindon to make the way Swindon Council is run more transparent and accountable to the town’s electorate, as the brand new Better Swindon Movement calls for urgent reform to the borough’s standards procedures and the introduction of fairer consultation processes.
Better Swindon held a public meeting in November where 40 members of the public shared their experiences of having been shoddily dealt with by council members and officials.
Commenting on the revelations Better Swindon founding member Carole Bent of Old Town said: “We’re worried with the way people are being treated by council representatives; we want improvement in the behaviour towards the electorate.”
Emphasising the non-political nature of Better Swindon former Wroughton GP and Movement chair Chris Barry said: “We believe there is little place in local government for party politics, yet we can see that this is having a detrimental effect on the way the town is being run.”
Stating Better Swindon’s ethos founder member Kareen Boyd said: “It’s time to support what is good about our town and encourage others to be better.”
Better Swindon members have drawn up six principles setting out the need for greater challenge, transparency, respect, trust, integrity and best practice sharing in the relationship between the council and the community.
Commenting on the impact Better Swindon has had Kareen Boyd said: “We’re certainly making the council nervous that we’ve raised major concerns about behaviour.”
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A Better Swindon wants electors to ask candidates in May’s council elections if they back the 6 principles of:
• being committed to raising standards in our town by supporting what is best for Swindon and challenging what is not;
• encouraging more open discussion and shared decision making;
• treating everyone as an important part of our town’s future by promoting openness, fairness and transparency;
• transforming the relationship between the council and the community to one of equality, trust and respect;
• expecting our elected representatives to act with integrity and to be accountable;
• promoting positive initiatives to improve the quality of life for the people of this town.