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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - IN THE BALANCE

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Dennis Reed (LGC, 26 January) is right about the pivotal role of the democratically elected representative in the l...
Dennis Reed (LGC, 26 January) is right about the pivotal role of the democratically elected representative in the localism agenda.

In his speech to the New Local Government Network, communities and local government minister David Miliband referred to a residents association in his constituency as being the experts on the problems in the area.

However, Nick Golding in his article 'Residents to be given the upper hand' is also correct when he writes 'residents tend to rate things they know, so many may not consider long-term issues'.

While local intelligence should be devolved as closely as possible to the resident, action upon this knowledge and implementation of strategies must involve elected representatives.

Andrew Baikie (Lab)

Cabinet member for housing, process and business efficiency, Newham LBC

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