Farewell to old Craigavon…

Newton Emerson clearly does not regret the passing of some of the less elevating aspects of local democracy.

  • I am sure I have read this more than once, and even written my observations before.

    But I am aware the notion of having larger councils is something which has kept coming back, I write again.

    And yet the people of the public who spoke on the television say that they are happy with the councils as they are. “If it works don’t change it” seems to be the consideration, and at one time when the new proposals were raised before, it was the only consideration I could reckon on.

    I thought, one time at least, though not constantly throughout the time this issue has been coming up, this was the top consideration to have, even the only consideration.

    I had thought for a time that some people were interested, when nothing much was happening politically, in the shiny new thing without thought rationale, which occasionally has raised its head in this province in recent decades. It has been sometimes to me appearing as a kind of sudden and sick, provocative and death-inducing tombstone symbol, as if from the impatient and irreverent parts of society, when we really ought to be more patient or more positive.

    When it does come, this phenomenon has had the diabolical tendency to support in another area the misfortune which appeared to give rise to it. It contained a masked and surprising Chimera effect which can give the impression of madness, correctly, though this could be seldom mistaken, from apparent impatience or the apparent feeling of not being identified with.

    But if the situation will not be any less beneficial and could be better, I ought to really take into account what I should do, and perhaps what I and others in their first reaction, or a very personal reaction, did not consider. This is primarily the money saving benefits, and also the reduction of the need for administrative inefficiency generally, and a better service which may be available from better sighted better organised administration.

    Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency is not of course the prime consideration, only that the best situation taking the concerns of efficiency into account with all other concerns, may be reached

    Proper consideration can lead easily to much better and, I suppose, even more personal service, perhaps, to the people and communities, or at least a similar standard of personalness. After all, we really aren’t overpopulated, and changes in population have not been big.

    Although it is believed that population is expected to grow, once again, we should remember that in the region’s capital city, the population will only reach once again the level of ten to fifteen years ago if a reasonably substantial number of people come to live here.

    I believe that money would be saved in having a larger council.

    And administrative efficiency would be improved.

    I understand that some people have a worry that they and their concerns in this nicely populated and not overpopulated province will be lost within the wider concerns of new councillors. For one thing, personal concerns might seem less personal to councillors.

    I hope that new councillors could be very well trained so that this would not be the case.

    I think the last point of the currently prized personal and the other consideration that there would not be the much appreciated and sometimes very much needed local offices are really the only two possible negative aspects of such a change which, in consideration, could occur.

    I have been completely on the fence up to now this year. But with the condition identified now that local branches may be opened if there are any good reasons to do so, even half the week or two days a week, and that what was learned and what was good of old be kept, I am falling on the side of agreeing with the new wider area councils. After all, the government will be no less accountable, and the recurrence of the proposals are reassuringly communicative, it seems clear, being sensible, that things can be changed rather easily if found that change is desired and needed.

    We have tried smaller councils and there has been no problem or very few problems it seems, though our governing can be improved, by retrieving money used now and improving administration methods. It is supposed that nothing much however will change in how we deal with the government councils and how our government deals with us.

    I think that we have had them before and liked them.

    Finally, with regard to the councils consideration, I find myself strangely saying that it is one of those things that, because it has come up again and again, though not inherently as a principle as of this, the policy is something which ought to be considered positively.