A former North Walsham mayor has quit the town council and aimed an angry sideswipe at the state of local government.

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Liz Cornwall, mayor from 1999-2001, said she had become weary of “continuously talking” about what needed to be done for the town, but “not seeing any results”.

And she said the town council, North Norfolk District Council and Norfolk County Council were “not on the same wavelength” and wanted to “blame each other” for delayed projects.

Mrs Cornwall was on the council from 1995 to 2003 and returned to represent the north ward in 2011.

But her second spell has come to an end, and she said she was planning to concentrate more of her energies on North Walsham in Bloom, saying she could be of “more use” and adding: “At least they plan, organise and get things done, and everyone can see the end result.”

In her resignation letter, the former district councillor said: “It is with heartfelt sadness that I am giving you my resignation.

“I got involved to try and help improve things for the town. I’m not normally a quitter, but I’m afraid I have not got the stomach for just continuously talking about what should be done, and not seeing any results, now or in the near future.

“The longer things are being talked about, the more expensive it becomes, and the less chance it will have of happening.”

Her letter went on: “I feel very frustrated, as I am sure most of the people in the town do.”

Speaking to the News, Mrs Cornwall cited the examples of the stalled redevelopment of the former HL Foods and Crane Fruehauf sites, plus the “farcical” delays in reopening the town centre toilet block.

She said: “When you are elected to represent the public, that is what you should be able to do. But I’m baffled with the idea of localism, as things are simply not getting done for people.

“The only way that the situation is going to improve is through people power.

“We sit round the table and discuss things, but when our discussions are reported to the district council, they mean absolutely nothing. We are wasting our time.”

12 comments

  • Local government and town councils especially started to go badly wrong when they became political puppets, the days of the independent councillors who were there for the good of the town, and not to argue lab against tory point scoring, gave us the voters a much better service.

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

  • Delighted to see I'm not the only one. I attended a couple of meetings of a Tory Group on an unnamed Council. They spent 3 34 hours at the first meeting discussing the town's local toilet. At the second meeting they spent exactly the same amount of time discussing exactly the same thing. I sat there going slowly insane. Nothing was resolved and as a guest I was unable to suggest to them that a couple of dozen of them sitting around a table pompously pontificating for a total of seven and a half hours could be better used going out and doing the work themselves. What a totally waste of money these councillors are. More independents please.

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    alecto

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • You only have to listen to the so called discussions to realize that most councillors are ' Dead Wood ' who live in their respective political mire Sub committees and self opinionated empire builders with titles of executive portfolio cabinet responsibility for paper clips It is little wonder nothing gets done as most couldnt organize their own lives let alone others There was a time when being a councellor meant some thing but in reality they are a collection of mainly old duffers filled with their own self importance I guarantee that most of the population haven't a clue who these numpties are who are so adept at keeping North Walsham in the 1960's

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    Claire Voyant

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Ref attached link to a plan revealed in March 2011 - see how many items on the "to do" list you can tick off. http:www.northnorfolknews.co.uknews200_000_cheer_up_for_north_walsham_1_838448

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    Mylen1um

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

  • I used to work in local government and left for exactly the reasons stated by Liz. Officials and councillors sitting around discussing problems and often spending more money in the cost of their time than the expense of putting right the problem. The stories I could tell....... Often the problem would be discussed but rather than make a decision it would be deferred and more money spent getting more information all of which had to be documented in reports. The public have no idea of the sheer mind numbing bureaucracy that exists in your local council offices. I left and am now very happily employed in my own successful business. Meanwhile the waste goes on and on.

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    Carol Barnes

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

  • Local government has long been the prisoner of vested interests.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

  • Should be a big sign on the door of all policy makers and others spending money in local councils "THIS IS NOT YOUR MONEY, TRY TO SPEND IT AS IF IT WAS"

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    weaversway

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • The way I see it is that well intentioned people get elected, but party ties prevent sound decision making even at parish level. The ability to think for oneself is not seen on the whole. But councils finances come from the Council tax calculated at all three levels of local Government, and brought together in one bill.It is the system that is wrong not the people working in the public sector, in my humble opinion.

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    bedoomed

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • The way I see it is that well intentioned people get elected, but party ties prevent sound decision making even at parish level. The ability to think for oneself is not seen on the whole. But councils finances come from the Council tax calculated at all three levels of local Government, and brought together in one bill.It is the system that is wrong not the people working in the public sector, in my humble opinion.

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    bedoomed

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • Delighted to see I'm not the only one. I attended a couple of meetings of a Tory Group on an unnamed Council. They spent 3 34 hours at the first meeting discussing the town's local toilet. At the second meeting they spent exactly the same amount of time discussing exactly the same thing. I sat there going slowly insane. Nothing was resolved and as a guest I was unable to suggest to them that a couple of dozen of them sitting around a table pompously pontificating for a total of seven and a half hours could be better used going out and doing the work themselves. What a totally waste of money these councillors are. More independents please.

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    alecto

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • This is simple, let me explain. There are two sectors in our life, public and private. The private sector makes money, and has to, to survive. The public sector spends money and doesn't need to make any or, even worry about how it is spending the money. The money the, sucesseful, private sector makes is taxed and some (lots actually) is given to the public sector. They then, usually waste it. The real problem is that those in the private sector HAVE to be really good at what they do to make loads of money. Those in the public sector are usually NOT capable of getting jobs in the private sector, so work for the councils because that's all they are capable of doing. it has ever been thus!! End result................... the inability to even build a toilet block in N Walsham, I despair.

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    windup

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • good for you liz. somebody had to speak out and i am glad it was you. there are to many nimbys on the town council.

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    swifty

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

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