WHEN I left school in 1960 at the age of 15, I started work believing that the people who go on to further education would be the ones who ended up running the country in national and local politics.

I went on to own and run my own business for over 20 years and when I retired I decided to try local politics. That is where I realised how wrong my early assumptions were.

I attended a Full Council meeting last night (Tuesday, July 10) where the eyesore that is called Firepool was postponed yet again, and I believe that the people of Taunton should be made aware that despite the best efforts of the administration, self-interest and local political interest seems to be put ahead of what the majority of people in Taunton Deane want and need; the regeneration of Firepool. Now.

In the 12 years that I have been on Taunton Deane Borough Council, I have seen many times the silent majority of the people of Taunton being disregarded for the benefit of the noisy minority who attend full council and some councillors who grandstand for their benefit. I saw this again last night.

I have never written to a newspaper before and I will not be doing so again but I felt that the people of Taunton deserve to be made aware of the reasons that the eyesore that is Firepool will remain for the immediate future.


Cllr Peter Watson (Taunton Deane Borough Council