Officers are the ones in control

Talking of the need to give Berwick a '˜deep clean', Coun Georgina Hill was quoted as saying: 'I have asked the powers that be...', (Berwick Advertiser, August 9).

Tuesday, 21st August 2018, 09:00 am

But surely, as a county councillor, Coun Hill is herself one of those ‘powers that be’?

Well, no, for a county councillor has no authority whatsoever, and even a group of councillors has no decision-making powers.

All that a county councillor can do is involve him/herself in the making of broad policy, and then only in respect of a limited range of subjects.

The title ‘councillor’ looks and sounds impressive, but a councillor is, in fact, somewhat of a myth.

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Local government officers, not councillors, are, as Coun Hill said, ‘the powers that be’.

E Sutherland-Loveday