‘Why did just 20 go to annual meeting?’

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Just 20 people from a town of more than 10,000 went to the annual general meeting of its leaders.

Issues discussed at the Berkhamsted Town Council event on Thursday included rights of way to Sunnyside Allotments, funding of the Swan Youth Centre and maintenance of the Grand Union Canal.

But a member of the public said: “This is the first time I have been to a meeting like this and there are only 20 people here. Why do you think that is?”

Town mayor Julie Laws said it was the Gazette’s fault, because our article promoting the event on page three did not give it enough prominence.

The Gazette’s sister paper the HeraldExpress also ran the promotional story and it was put on www.berkhamstedtoday.co.uk.

Berkhamsted Citizens Association (BCA) chairman Susan Johnson said low council attendances were repeated up and down the country.

The BCA will hold a hustings for the May 5 Dacorum Borough Council elections on Wednesday, April 20, where candidates will say why you should choose them.

There will also be a debate on the AV vote, where electors rank their preferred candidates in order, during the Berkhamsted Town Hall event at 8pm.

There will be an referendum on whether to adopt the AV vote on Thursday, May 5.