After all the fireworks over the public meeting to discuss the future of Langport’s iconic Hanging Chapel, the term damp squib feels vaguely appropriate. A Parish Poll was called for yesterday the 27th September but voter apathy returned in large swathes. The Poll was called to put the question “Should the future of the Hanging Chapel be subject to consultation and scrutiny by the electors of Langport”.
Given the apparent depth of feeling at the public meeting, it was a surprise that just 101 people bothered to vote out of an electorate of 826. It is hardly a ringing endorsement of an exercise in democracy. You would expect a majority in favour, and that was duly delivered, 93 in favour, 7 against and one spoilt ballot paper.
There will of course be more in next month’s Langport Leveller.
You may also like to know that an election has been requested to fill the 7 vacancies on the council. Let’s hope more of those who proclaimed their views loudly at the public meeting, are now willing to put themselves forward for public service.