At the annual Telscombe Town meeting on Tuesday April 27, special dispensation had to be given to councillors to enable them to present committee reports, as they do not live in the town. The annual town meeting is open to all local government electors of the town. Members of the public are also entitled to attend, but have no right to speak or vote on any matter. Town councillors who are not electors for the town have the same rights to attend as the public and have no right to speak or vote.

What a pity that the courtesy extended to non- resident councillors to speak was not extended to non-resident members of the public who wished to ask questions. Where was the fairness in this? Were they afraid of the questions which might have been asked?

Simon Doyle
Hailsham Avenue, Saltdean