More respect for election process

PUBLISHED: 12:52 19 October 2007 | UPDATED: 20:10 01 June 2010

I M saddened and angered to hear of the response by developers to a democratic vote against a wind farm in Marshland St. James. When a parish holds a vote, and the people speak as a majority against a wind farm, the proper response is to accept their view

I'M saddened and angered to hear of the response by developers to a democratic vote against a wind farm in Marshland St. James.

When a parish holds a vote, and the people speak as a majority against a wind farm, the proper response is to accept their view, or make your case to convince them why the development is worthwhile.

The fact that some people chose to exercise their democratic right not to vote is no reason to assume they support the losing proposal.

They have chosen to abstain and that fact should be respected, just as much as

those who vote.

If these people had cast their vote, there is no guarantee they would have supported the wind farm; they may well have voted against or spoilt their ballot.

I think it time that we showed more respect for the election process, and stopped ignoring the voters' decision by spinning the results. The people have spoken. They don't want the wind farm, and the developers should convince these people to change their minds before pressing ahead in the face of opposition to the development.

JAMES TUMBRIDGE

Chapel Avenue

Long Stratton

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