MARTIN Boddy (letters, May 5) believes that party leaders on the council have told their members to vote for the Town Hall move or lose their places on committees etc.
I have no idea whether or not this is the case, but if it were, it would be totally wrong. On a matter as important as this, all councillors should be looking at all the issues, which include, but may not be limited to, finance, regeneration, efficiency, staff views, democracy, public opinion, sustainability, long-term considerations and all risks. They should be discussing these both among themselves and with others. It will be a very difficult decision, but each councillor should form an individual view uninfluenced by party loyalty, and vote accordingly.
I do know, however, that even the so-called Independents cannot always vote as they please and keep their places, as it recently happened that an Independent member’s vote displeased his leader and he was thrown out of the Independent Group.
The Green Party, on the other hand, has no whip, and when we are a group, although we try to agree on issues, we are free to vote as individuals and there are no sanctions except in cases of serious misconduct or serious breach of party policy.
Cllr Dilys Cluer