LETTER: Outspoken about council’s flaws

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Your report in the press, ‘Council needs to join the real world and be regarded like a football club’ (30/1/14) made very interesting reading.

Councillor Andrew Baldwin’s very frank criticism of Horsham District Council’s past record following restructuring in 2009 was good to see and note that the police were not called.

It’s a pity more councillors aren’t as brave and outspoken about other flaws in HDC’s operations – such as the politically driven farce over the Cabinet’s Preferred Housing Strategy.

HDC approved the restructuring plan. Maybe it believes this is the answer to all its problems despite the impact on staff morale and the comparatively small saving of £200,000 per annum (costing circa £600,000 in redundancy payments).

Staff will no doubt be saying, ‘Here we go again!’ and will recall that in AD 65 Cauis Petronious wrote: ‘We trained hard… but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be re-organised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet every new situation by re-organising and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation’.

CORAL COX

New Moorhead Drive, Horsham