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OUTSIDER'S VIEW - JEREMY CUNNINGHAM

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Councils do not give value for money, says the Levellers bass player. ...
Councils do not give value for money, says the Levellers bass player.
Where do you live?
Brighton.
Which is your local council?
Brighton & Hove town council? I don't know.
Who is the council leader?
Lynette Gwyn, from Labour. I read about her getting in.
What is your contact with the council?
Our main contact is over parking our vehicles outside our studio and over the noise, so it's fairly combative. We have tried to upgrade our soundproofing because the neighbours have been very good, but the council keeps coming round to measure the noise and the bass and drums are
still a problem.
How much council tax do you pay?
I paid it where I used to live but I haven't paid any since I moved. I owe them huge amounts.
Do you think it represents value for money?
I don't think any council represents value for money. They pay too many bosses to do things inefficiently and then they lay off people to cover their mistakes. We pay income tax and VAT and council tax and they still say they haven't got enough money.
What would you like to see changed?
Where do I begin? From little things such as having to pay for residents parking to big things - dealing more effectively with homelessness. It's like a medieval town centre here.
Tell me the best thing the council has done.
The Brighton festival.
And the worst thing it has done.
Its complete inefficiency. If they were running a business, it would have gone under.
What council services do you use?
The buses. Others in the band send their kids to the local schools - the same schools they went to. It seems to be pretty much the same as when we went to school.
Have you considered standing for a local council and why?
Every now and then I get so irate I think I should get politically involved but then I hate it all so much I never will.
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