Earlier this year, there was a furore in the city over the increase in the Council’s precept with hundreds of people attending 2 public meetings to voice their opinions and to criticise the Council. One of the criticisms was that the Council didn’t consult its residents.

So it was especially dispiriting last night to attend the Council’s public consultation on the budget in the Guildhall . There was only a handful of the public present. In fact, there were more councillors and officers there. 

The conclusion appears to be that the Salisbury public is motivated only to complain. Tonight’s turn-out was a disgrace. The Council has done its best to step up. It’s now time for the rest of Salisbury to do the same.

Yours faithfully

Caroline Finch

College Street,



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