The planning committee meets this coming Wednesday evening and one of the items on the agenda is a contentious one, involving an application for structural changes to 25 Streete Court in Westgate.
The residents have approached Cllr King and asked if he would speak on their behalf and the applicant, another resident, has approached me and asked the same.
Many people and perhaps the majority of the local population, don't realise that they can ask their local councillors to represent them in such circumstances and frequently it's a sensible idea.
Invariably and when it comes to emotive subjects, such as planning applications, residents may often squander their three minute speaking opportunity with objections that are not material to the planning process, which is governed by a strict framework of rules and regulations. Too strict many might say.
Taking a step back and giving your arguments to your local councillor is one way of ensuring that the three minutes is argued to best effect and doesn't become a litany of complaints rather than a series of valid objections.
I imagine, that I may appear in this week's local paper as taking sides on a hot topic but the reality of the matter is that it's up to the planning committee to make the final decision and for the local councillor to frame the argument, quite impartially for whoever he or she might be representing, rather like a lawyer in court.