The EDP says...Like them or loathe them, our elected councillors deserve praise
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They often come in for criticism about the decisions they take on our behalf.
But as Mac McGinn celebrates 45 years serving on Sheringham Town Council, it perhaps time to give a little recognition to those who serve us in local government.
People see councillors being paid thousands of pounds a year in allowances and maybe do not understand what it is for.
While some voters may see it as a nice little extra earner, others see it as a relatively small amount for the many hours of sitting in council chambers and dealing with casework in the community.
If it really was just about the money, there would surely be a queue of people wanting to stand.
However parties of all colours have their challenges finding candidates, so the work of supporting the community falls on a small number of shoulders.
That Mr McGinn has given 45 years of his life to the cause is even more remarkable. How many of us can honestly say we have devoted that much time to our communities?
Of course our councillors make mistakes and there are ways they could improve.
- 1 Norfolk village named among poshest places to live in the UK
- 2 Air ambulance called after three people seriously injured in A47 crash
- 3 Should cars be banned from Norwich's steepest hill?
- 4 Seven Sprowston neighbours scoop £30,000 lottery win
- 5 Meet the man behind a morbid new craze
- 6 Car boot sale to return after five years with up to 200 pitches
- 7 Asteroid bigger than any building on Earth to be visible in Norfolk skies
- 8 Custom-built six-bedroom home with indoor slide on the market for £900,000
- 9 A47 reopens after serious crash
- 10 Inside Norfolk's vital lifeline centre offering families respite
But the vast majority of them are doing it for the right reasons - wanting to improve the areas where they live - and many do so around their busy work lives and family commitments to boot.
Ultimately, we need more people like Mr McGinn. It's very easy to complain - but if you want to effect positive change, being a councillor is a good place to start.