DEMOCRACY is being undermined by central government and new systems put in place by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC), claim rural parish councillors.
At Tarporley Parish Council Cllr Tim Hill said communication between CWAC and local people and the parish council had ‘deteriorated’.
“Under the old Vale Royal authority we new where stood and the borough council kept us informed about what was going on from moving a telegraph pole to building a sky scraper,” he said.
“Under this authority we don’t know where we stand in terms of planning. Many decisions are made through delegated authority by officers, we don’t even know who to go to in terms of our elected representatives because we do not know what they are responsible for.”
He added: “It seems to me we are not being told about things that would be of interest to our community, we are not being told about them, consulted on or invited to give an opinion on.”
He said a lot of policy’s seem to be coming from ‘central government’ and our local elected representatives don’t seem to have a choice.
Parish councillors also raised concerns that CWAC had a deliberate policy to only communicate with individuals and parish councils via email.
The issue was raised to CWAC councillors held at the Gowy and Eddisbury Community Forum in the village.
Ewan McHenry, the Winsford and Rural East manager, assured the parish they would look into ways of allocating individual officers in each department as a point of contact for the parish council and the public.