District council should listen to public opinion on food bank

First published in Letters

THE Gazette should be congratulated on doing what the Tory leadership of Malvern Hills District Council seem reluctant to do – canvassing the opinion of local people with its food bank online poll.

Believing that our council should not profit from the hardship of others, but instead should do all it can to alleviate suffering, I brought a notice to council asking the leadership without delay to waive the rent it charged the Malvern foodbank – thereby allowing the foodbank to extend the amazing support it gives to all areas of our district.

They would not. Now, a massive 85 per cent of those who took part in your poll have agreed it is wrong for the council to charge rent.

It’s time to stop playing party politics. The Tory leadership should do the decent thing: if they won’t listen to me, they should at last take heed of the opinion of local people.

Julian D Roskams

Mayor of Malvern

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2:00pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Norman Hepple says...

An interesting point by the mayor. For me to draw analysis of the 85percent. I do need to now how many people voted. No doubt it was in the mayor's submission but sub edited out. Can we be told
An interesting point by the mayor. For me to draw analysis of the 85percent. I do need to now how many people voted. No doubt it was in the mayor's submission but sub edited out. Can we be told Norman Hepple
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2:38pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bufton Tufton says...

I voted eight times If you clear your browser or use another computer, the"system" does not know you have voted before. On the eighth time my choice moved up 1% so in all probability, somewhere in the region of 100 people voted, or there were 100 votes, some would have been multiple voters like me.
I voted eight times If you clear your browser or use another computer, the"system" does not know you have voted before. On the eighth time my choice moved up 1% so in all probability, somewhere in the region of 100 people voted, or there were 100 votes, some would have been multiple voters like me. Bufton Tufton
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4:07pm Tue 22 Jul 14

denon says...

Gosh the mayor seems to have accepted the statistics without question. I hope he questions so called facts from the council with rather more diligence.

I am assuming burton you are correct.

Perhaps the paper can tell us how many votes were cast
Gosh the mayor seems to have accepted the statistics without question. I hope he questions so called facts from the council with rather more diligence. I am assuming burton you are correct. Perhaps the paper can tell us how many votes were cast denon
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