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Review of boundaries
11:37am Thursday 20th February 2014 in Letters
I HAVE worked with Cllr Ian McLennan for many years on local issues and he has proved to be a most able and hard working county councillor.
It is therefore unfortunate that my statement to SCC Full Council has been taken out of context (Postbag, February 6).
If he had been at the meeting he would have heard the budgetary discussion during which there was no mention of 'rob the neighbours' nor indeed any indication of inflicting 'the city budgetary dilemmas on the surrounding villages' among other misleading suggestions he made.
Cllr McLennan is a unitary councillor but wrote as if he was a Laverstock & Ford Parish councillor.
As a Wiltshire councillor he will be well aware that last year Wiltshire Council commenced a community governance review for five major Wiltshire towns including the city of Salisbury; there is a WC meeting on this very subject on February 25.
The review will determine whether the parish boundaries are still fit for purpose, taking into account major housing growth in Wiltshire – in particular the boundary of Laverstock & Ford Parish which was laid down at the end of the 19th century.
My own city ward is cut by this archaic parish boundary with the result that, although I live in Salisbury, I pay my precept to Laverstock & Ford.
Coming to the end of my first year as a city councillor I now have a much better understanding of Salisbury and what the city council provides for local residents.
I can also see that it is unfair that I am paying the 'village' precept although getting all the benefits of the city that my neighbours are actually paying for.
The governance review will take an independent view of the parish boundaries and invite informed comment. I look forward to the debate in the proper forum in due course.
Cllr Colin Froude, Salisbury City Councillor, St Mark’s and Bishopdown