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1:29pm Thu 8 Dec 11

rantone says...

Chris, I do agree and sympathise with some of your comments, but how political parties encourage 'younger' persons to become involved at parish level is a problem. Taking out the 'party' candidate may help, and then with more independant members arranging times of meetings to suit and not clash with other committments MAY be possible. Even now attendance is varied from some elected members, but I agree a better mix representing our society could bring benefits. For myself I did become involved as a parish councillor at a fairly young age - 27 years, in a village, sitting with retired military officers, but also thoughtful and concerned locals who played an active part in their community on topics like footpaths - rights of way and yes dog mess! All relevant in village life. Not wishing to compete with your own excellent involvement in and around this city, I have served as a school governor and played an active part in local charities and community events, this as a single parent for a period. This requires good planning at home and valued assistance from friends and neighbours- but young people can and do get involved! The Salisbury Area Board this year did elect the youngest of the 8 unitary members as Chairman, so this is a positive in certain ways, although experience within the board can and will be required for guidance at times. For many age should not be a barrier, it is the committment that is needed, and when I do view PMQ's (sorry, but I wish to see how are young leaders fair at the centre) I see Sir Peter Tapsell, age 80+, and making a contribution, and this as a MP since 1959! I sense that you and I Chris do have a little time to serve our City. As a Salisbury NHS Trust member I do value your commitment to the Trust as a governor, and this applies to your colleagues, so well done but please do find the positives in this city, and although not an elected member of the city parish or unitary at Trowbridge these are early days for these respective bodies and also expectations are many in these difficult times. Did 'young' bankers in London cause the debt problems or the more established?
Q. Could it be possible for the Salisbury NHS Trust to administer the 'walk in centre'? Keep blogging and compliments of the season.
Chris, I do agree and sympathise with some of your comments, but how political parties encourage 'younger' persons to become involved at parish level is a problem. Taking out the 'party' candidate may help, and then with more independant members arranging times of meetings to suit and not clash with other committments MAY be possible. Even now attendance is varied from some elected members, but I agree a better mix representing our society could bring benefits. For myself I did become involved as a parish councillor at a fairly young age - 27 years, in a village, sitting with retired military officers, but also thoughtful and concerned locals who played an active part in their community on topics like footpaths - rights of way and yes dog mess! All relevant in village life. Not wishing to compete with your own excellent involvement in and around this city, I have served as a school governor and played an active part in local charities and community events, this as a single parent for a period. This requires good planning at home and valued assistance from friends and neighbours- but young people can and do get involved! The Salisbury Area Board this year did elect the youngest of the 8 unitary members as Chairman, so this is a positive in certain ways, although experience within the board can and will be required for guidance at times. For many age should not be a barrier, it is the committment that is needed, and when I do view PMQ's (sorry, but I wish to see how are young leaders fair at the centre) I see Sir Peter Tapsell, age 80+, and making a contribution, and this as a MP since 1959! I sense that you and I Chris do have a little time to serve our City. As a Salisbury NHS Trust member I do value your commitment to the Trust as a governor, and this applies to your colleagues, so well done but please do find the positives in this city, and although not an elected member of the city parish or unitary at Trowbridge these are early days for these respective bodies and also expectations are many in these difficult times. Did 'young' bankers in London cause the debt problems or the more established? Q. Could it be possible for the Salisbury NHS Trust to administer the 'walk in centre'? Keep blogging and compliments of the season. rantone
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