Arun Councillor Jacqui Maconachie caught sleeping through Council meeting on Arun
This is the same Councillor whose vote lost ASDA for Bognor Regis
Conservative Mrs. Maconachie is standing for re-election
Are the residents of Aldwick West fully aware of her record, and should they vote
This is the picture that stunned Bognor Regis residents who took the trouble to watch
the webcam broadcast of one of Arun District Council's Full Council meetings at the
end of 2014. It shows Councillor Jacqui Maconachie sleeping through the meeting,
during which important decisions were being taken.
This is the lady who has frequently been known to berate the public who have taken
sufficient interest in Council matters to warrant attending their meetings, with
such expressions as "ignorant" and "not living in the town as I do". Many have found
her attitude towards the public to be irritating.
SHE ALSO LOST ASDA FOR THE TOWN
However, most people are unaware that Mrs. Maconachie was the Councillor whose vote
against ASDA's application for planning permission in 2008 lost ASDA for the town.
But this lost considerably more for the town, because ASDA were also going to build
a 10,000 sq. ft. office block free of charge, to house further businesses and provide
much needed jobs. And they were also going to provide the roads and infrastructure
for an industrial estate, to provide more jobs. All free of charge. All lost because
of Councillor Maconachie's vote. Was she perhaps sleeping then as well?
But the major loss was the vast numbers of people that would have been drawn to this
area to come to the store. Major groups in the town, including the Civic Society,
were envisaging that a deal could be done with ASDA to encourage all those new visitors
to come on into the heart of the town to enjoy our facilities, maybe via a park and
ride scheme from ASDA's car park. It was regarded as a major regeneration opportunity.
All lost because of Councillor Maconachie's vote.
STANDING FOR RE-ELECTION
Councillor Maconachie is now standing for re-election in Aldwick West ward, her election
leaflet showing her looking bright and perky (right). But perhaps her prospective
constituents may like to remember her as in our main picture (above), at the same
time remembering her record. It may be that Bognor Regis will benefit from Mrs.
Maconachie taking retirement from Council duties, so that she can spend more time
sleeping, without damaging the town's economy.
Other candidates standing in Aldwick West are: John Wedderburn (UKIP), Alan Gale
(Lib-Dem), Kenton Batley (Lib-Dem), Phil Hitchins (Con).