I have been approached to bring to light the backlash against the post of councilor Barrie Davies in the recent Viaduct publication. The letter to the Viaduct from the well respected Pat Mountain reads as follows:
It has taken me some time to decide how to respond to the front page article in the September Viaduct, written by Barrie Davis. He did so under the aegis of the Town Council Vice Chairman, but apparently without the consent or knowledge of the Chairman or of his fellow councilors. I and many others are disturbed at the inferences that may be drawn from his words.
All of us agree with his comments about the loss of the estimable Eirian Williams, who was the most excellent Chairman of the Town Council and a wonderfully active member of our community. He is greatly missed.
It is felt, however, that the way in which Mr Davis has chosen to plead with us all to cease using the Council ' as a feuding ground' is, we strongly suspect, because he would like to have a quiet life during his remaining term on the Council. He demands that those who were horribly and wrongly accused of misdemeanours and even of criminal activity, lie down and keep silent, even though no action was ever taken against them and they have been shown to be entirely innocent.
Naturally Mr. Davis, as one who sided overtly with the original accusers ( most of whom are now, thank goodness, no longer councilors) would wish his side of the matter to remain in the public mind while denying any access to a public voice for those who were so horribly maligned a few years ago. This is manifestly unjust and he would be better advised to head up an apology from the false accusers, which is the only way in which the matter can be laid to rest.
Is he man enough to do this?
Whilst I agree whole heartedly with Pat's views I do feel that it is about time we had a resolution to the matter that has blighted or community for many years. A resolution can only be achieved with compromise on all sides and understanding each other point of view. If both sides stay entrenched in a vendetta against each other this will never end. It takes backbone to stand up and be a man and to say sorry. Only when that is done by the people who started the whole affair will we be able to move on to closure. Is anyone from the original "gang of four" prepared to be upstanding to help reach a compromise?
I welcome your views on the matter, however any use of the vernacular or personal attacks on individuals or groups will not be published.
**The views expressed by myself are not necessarily the views of Councilor Fiona Richardson (my wife) I have not discussed Mr Mountains letter with her or this blog entry.**