Response Received From Paula Sherriff MP (36 days since enquiry)
A postal response, reproduced below, was received from Paula Sherriff MP yesterday 28 April in response to our email enquiry that was sent in March. My immediate thoughts are:
i. Why did it take 36 days to receive a response?;
ii. The letter is dated 21 April, was posted second class, yet it took 7-8 days to arrive;
iii. The address on the letter is ironic, "Mirfield, Dewsbury". If the plan for 4,000 houses does go ahead then no doubt Mirfield will become a suburb of Dewsbury, but we're not there yet!;
iv. An email was received from Karen Rowling, a Mirfield Labour party candidate for the local elections on 5 May, on 18 April stating that the contents of the initial enquiry would be discussed with Ms. Sherriff and a response would be received by the end of week commencing 25 April. The contents of the letter received from Ms. Sherriff is not what I would regard a response. If it was Ms. Sherriff's intention to hold a meeting to discuss the issues raised, rather than provide a written response, then surely it is not unreasonable to expect to be informed of the same sooner than 36 days from the initial enquiry. Any cynics out there might suggest that a more detailed response has been postponed until after the local elections!
Obviously a meeting with Ms. Sherriff will be arranged to discuss the proposed development, but is unlikely to happen pre the 5 May local elections. Karen Rowling was yesterday asked to provide her support in fighting the proposed development. She has been supplied with a copy of the same email enquiry that was originally sent to Ms. Sherriff.
What are your thoughts?