I WAS shocked and disgusted by the content of Peter Silverman's letter (Choice withheld from the public, Letters, November 18).
It is a clear demonstration of the contempt held by the Hillingdon Council's cabinet for the residents of the borough.
They have had two years to consult us on which mayoral system we would prefer and have deliberately refused to so.
This could have been done easily, at almost no cost, by enclosing voting papers with last April's community charge bills.
They were obviously frightened to ask us what we wanted, as all indications were that we would choose an elected mayor, and therefore they would have lost some of the power that they so jealously guard.
We have elected more than 60 councillors and all the decisions are now made by a self-selected group of eight and the party leader, the other 50 councillors being sidelined or ignored in the process; another example of this administration's view of democracy in action.
The only independent survey of residents' opinions showed a three to one majority for an elected, independent, non-political mayor, and a five to one majority for a referendum.
This issue is far too important to be left to the self-interest of the political elite of the borough, as it will substantially affect us all. We
the electorate demand that our voices be heard.
It is time some independent review panel of residents of the borough was established to examine issues between the local authority and individuals.
A group of elected people with no connection to local or central government, or any political party, should be formed and given the investigatory powers and authority to action their recommendations.
This is to replace on a local level the totally failed and discredited Local Government Ombudsmen.
We are asked to express our dissatisfaction with the administration via the ballot box. However, we all know that local elections have a very low turnout, as most people vote on party grounds only and not for the individual councillors concerned, with a few notable exceptions.
If any councillor doubts this view, they can always stand as independents and see the results, or would that be too courageous for them?
DAVID UPCOTT Ashburton Road