Letter to View from Bridport

In last week’s View from Bridport you had an article ‘District Council under fire for causing delays in home sales.’ In the article, Kate Davis, chairman of the Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) is quoted arguing ‘we are very concerned that the home buying and selling public are being adversely affected by the very poor performance of some local authorities.’ She continues by arguing that ‘if local authorities were unable to produce information required within a few days, they should allow regulated personal search companies immediate access to their data.’

However, what is not said is that due to a lack of staff in the Planning Departments, local authorities are finding it increasingly difficult to provide a proper service. Again, what is not made clear is that this situation is simply part of the government’s intent to deregulate and privatise the public sector. This is increasingly apparent not only in local government, but the NHS, and if we are not careful we will simply transform our society into one that knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Of course Thatcher said there was no such thing as society, and it would seem that the present Government are intent on following that path.

Richard Nicholls

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