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Journal's vocal contributors had chance to run for council
10:02am Friday 27th December 2013 in Letters
AS a long time Salisbury resident I recently decided that I was not happy at the direction the city was heading and that I should try to do something about it.
I concluded the best way to have my say was to become involved, so I put my head above the parapet, ran in the May elections and won a seat on the city council.
On January 9 there is, courtesy of a byelection, a city council seat up for grabs in my ward, St Martin's and Cathedral. Thus there existed an opportunity for some of the most vocal contributors to this paper to step up to the plate, engage with the process, put their ideas and views to the public, get elected and try and help move the city forward.
If their views are widely held by the general public they would obviously be a shoo-in. So with some anticipation, I reviewed the list of candidates last week and I have to say that I was very disappointed that none of those who express themselves so passionately and emotively are standing.
I know there are issues to be dealt with, and that it will never be possible to please all the people all the time.
However, continually running down Salisbury and carping on from the sidelines about whatever happens to be the topic of the day may well make headlines but it does absolutely nothing to promote the good bits of our city, and there are quite a lot of them.
For those that have so much to say, here was a chance to get involved which could have been taken, but wasn't. Now I'll just check the list of candidates’ names again to make sure I didn't miss anyone. Where did I put my glasses?
SVEN HOCKING, Salisbury City Councillor St Martin’s and Cathedral
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