Despite Christmas obligations, the public gallery at yesterday’s Full Council meeting was packed with people from Exmouth, Axminster , Ottery St Mary, and Sidmouth.
Of the six speakers at Public Question Time, four were from Exmouth, where the first speaker, born and bred there, told the Council, “You have succeeded where no other council has done, in motivating the people. I have never seen such public anger.” As she began her speech, appalled by the rows of councillors seated with their backs to her, and the rest of the public, she exclaimed, “Well, this is a first for me!”
One simple improvement for public relations at EDDC, would be to re-arrange the seating.
Another would be to (literally) face up to concerns expressed by the speakers. Instead, Chief Executive, Mark Williams, in his habitual fashion, simply rolled together the 4 separate speeches from Exmouth residents, along with the fifth one, from Richard Thurlow of Sid Vale Association, saying he thought they contained no questions for him to answer.
Which raises some questions….
More on last night’s meeting to follow.