A Good Councillor – Tom Belford

Most of our elected representatives only get publicity for doing something stupid or dodgy or that makes us laugh.

Local government is populated with fools, idiots and their fellow travellers. So when a councillor shows a bit of inspiration they need our thanks and some positive publicity.

Councillor Tom Belford of the Hawkes Bay Regional Council shows the kind of sensible approach to politics that we need more of from our councillors. The extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council staff have given non-notifiable consents to two great big water bottling plants.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council member Tom Belford sent protesters packing – to a colleague’s house.

The chanting group with placards were voicing concern on Saturday about the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s handling of the Heretaunga Plains aquifer. ??

“I knew they were going to march off some place I commented something to the effect, ‘If you want to deliver a message to someone who counts then you should be taking a walk to Christine Scott’s house’ – she’s been a councillor since 2001 and presents herself as the authority on water issues,” he said yesterday.

Consents to take water for bottling from the Heretaunga Plains aquifer, the region’s most significant water source, have raised concerns recently with an Awatoto company given permission to take up to 405 million litres a year while a Hastings consent holder will be able to take up to 500 million litres a year from July.

Good on ya Tom, start holding councillors to account for poor governance.

It is time some of our halfwit councillors owned the decisions their staff make, and especially long serving councillors like Christine Scott. Councillors cannot hide behind staff and blame them for decisions that the community think are stupid.


– HB Today