This week the Ealing & Acton Gazette published a letter from an Ann Pavett. In it she essentially challenges Councillor Mark Reen that he will face the wrath of voters for having the temerity to speak in favour of the Dickens Yard scheme. She says:
Councillor Mark Reen should indeed be feeling uncomfortable that his views are not in accord with a great many residents on the issue of the Dicken’s Yard Development.
I believe in democracy and as far as I am concerned we elect people to office and award them money to broadly represent our wishes.
If it becomes apparent that they are not representing our wishes we vote them out of office.
She is quite right to point out that councillors are accountable to their electorates. Pavett herself fails to point out that she has a role in Save Ealing’s Centre (SEC).
SEC are a group of unaccountable activists who refuse to identify themselves on their website and refuse to publish minutes of their meeting or even publish notices of meetings or invite public participation. It seems the council organises public participation and unaccountable SEC throws rocks from the sides. Until SEC identify themselves it is too easy to write them off as a small group of people with big houses in the centre of Ealing who represent a very narrow interest.