As more and more members join this association it is clear there's a willingness to get involved with community activities. Makes me wonder if everyone is getting involved with this government initiative?
As a community radio station we are keen. It seems like a good idea. How do we join in? The Big Society web site, http://thebigsociety.co.uk/
seems to be making progress, and if you live in Windsor & Maidenhead (strange choice) you will spearhead the campaign. Looking forward to that. We'll all be allowed to send our children to Eton, and the Queen will hold open house with tea and cakes every Thursday.
In quiet ole Suffolk it's a bit different. As a community radio station (did I already say that?) we went to the council to ask about their plans for the libraries. Rumours, just so many rumours. The CEO of Suffolk CC had said that Costa Coffee may be interested; a property developer was heard muttering that libraries (we have 44) were always in good locations, but book readers didn't really need a building.
So we asked the Head of Libraries, and his Boss, and took our three county councillors to the meeting.
The result? Don't know what they plan, they will not tell. The Boss says we must ask the councillors, she doesn't want to talk to us, and the councillor that had a regular chat session on our community radio station (sorry, I said that again) was told he was no longer allowed to attend because we had expressed an interest in taking over the libraries!
I could go on. This is the county that says it wants to work from a broom cupboard because it is divesting itself of all responsibility.
Trouble is the community will not be told what's happening until it is announced that the contracts have been awarded.
That's democracy in Suffolkl. What's happening elsewhere?