The page, Positive Hereford, was created by Cllr Nick Nenadich (pictured left) earlier this month for “people who are fed up with moaning and groaning”.
There is certainly a lot negativity in the county and a bit of positive news is definitely needed.
Nick is not the first councillor to comment on this problem. In his resignation statement last month, Russell B Hamilton alluded to this cynicism as a reason for his departure.
Cllr Chris Chappell also posted on our own Facebook page in retaliation to local people who are constantly critical and mistrustful of Herefordshire Council. “All I am saying is be more positive about Herefordshire, because those who know about local government outside the county are laughing at us being so negative,” he said.
It depends on the exact level of your cynicism, however, whether you believe these councillors have genuine intentions of promoting what’s good about Herefordshire at heart or whether they, and their fellow councillors, just can’t deal with the pressure coming from members of the public who are angry over one diabolical action from the council after another.
We welcome the Positive Hereford page but Cllr Nick Nenadich (and his colleagues) would do a lot more to restore the reputation of the council if he listened to local people and took them seriously.
Labelling people’s legitimate concerns with the council as “moaning and groaning” is belittling and disrespectful and not the right attitude.