With the closure of the Dragon’s Head and other facilities there is little opportunity for us to meet and share opinions. No doubt, the Parish Council does its best, but based on the number of people attending PC meetings, it is unable to generate interest and given the increasingly transient nature of the community together with its wide spread and in places sparse population, this is hardly surprising.
For Whittington, the Blog offers us the opportunity of discussion both with other residents and with ‘outsiders’.
But there is an underlying problem in that, as I understand, there is no way of determining how many people read the Blog let alone how they react to it.
From comments made at the Parish Council it is apparent that not all of our Councillors are regular users of the internet, indeed one remains unconnected to the web, but it is apparent that some members of the PC are computer literate and even read the Blog.
Through the Blog, John and Duncan have been trying to raise awareness of the problems caused by the lack of a bus service but there has been little response from other residents. Obviously, if you live at places like Hutton Roof or Keerside the question may seem academic and you may feel that if you live in the village and can drive the issue is not relevant. But look at the effect that the lack of a bus service is having on families with non-driving children and on those who suddenly find that they are no longer able to drive. It also seems likely that the lack of a bus service is having a depressing effect on the housing market.
So what is the message? If you read the Blog and agree just post a short note to add your support, if you disagree, say why and there is a chance that this will stimulate discussion and perhaps a greater feeling of community.