Parish councils should be easier to contact, says MP

The Westmorland Gazette: Rory Stewart (right) Rory Stewart (right)

PARISH councillors should be easier to contact, says Penrith's MP.

Rory Stewart is pushing for parish council contact details to be added to the list of representatives on a website called www.writetothem.com.

It allows people to directly contact their local councillors, MPs, MEPs and Lords.

But Mr Stewart is hoping to get parish councils added to the website.

Mr Stewart MP said: “Parish Councils are the most grass roots level of our political system in the UK.

"I think it is incredibly important that their contact details are made readily available to communities. "The writetothem.com is a brilliant project which has allowed millions of people to get directly in touch with their representatives in a very easy and accessible way.

"I think it is vital that parish councils are added to the site to enable and encourage people to become more involved in local politics.”

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12:07pm Mon 16 Dec 13

johnwalker1000 says...

This should apply to all councillors as I know people who have contacted our local Conservative councillor, Mr William (Bill) Wearing, via his work email, Bill.Wearing@cumbria
.gov.uk and he has not bothered to respond to the questions posed. They didn’t fail to get delivered so it must be that Mr Wearing doesn’t care about his local constituents to answer them.
This should apply to all councillors as I know people who have contacted our local Conservative councillor, Mr William (Bill) Wearing, via his work email, Bill.Wearing@cumbria .gov.uk and he has not bothered to respond to the questions posed. They didn’t fail to get delivered so it must be that Mr Wearing doesn’t care about his local constituents to answer them. johnwalker1000

9:36am Tue 17 Dec 13

MySociety says...

I am from WriteToThem. I have to say that we haven't actually heard from Rory Stewart, so "pushing for" might be a bit of an exaggeration from the journalist here!

Adding parish councils is something that's been on our to-do list for a long time. WriteToThem is run by a small charity, which means that we can't quickly and easily add features such as this, but over the last few years we have had several requests that we do so, and we are still planning to when resources allow. You can see our ticket (and thinking) on the issue here: https://github.com/m
ysociety/writetothem
/issues/29.
I am from WriteToThem. I have to say that we haven't actually heard from Rory Stewart, so "pushing for" might be a bit of an exaggeration from the journalist here! Adding parish councils is something that's been on our to-do list for a long time. WriteToThem is run by a small charity, which means that we can't quickly and easily add features such as this, but over the last few years we have had several requests that we do so, and we are still planning to when resources allow. You can see our ticket (and thinking) on the issue here: https://github.com/m ysociety/writetothem /issues/29. MySociety

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